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high protein Vegan Lentil Salad

Lentils ne of my favorite legumes, and I absolutely love this high protein vegan lentil salad, especially in the summer!

I don’t know what I love the most about lentils: maybe it is because they are just so delicious, or because I know I can cook them in less than fifteen minutes (and without having to soak them overnight!), or the fact they are so nutritiously dense and good for you.

Lentils are one of the few legumes that doesn’t require soaking before cooking. And in less than half an hour you can cook a batch that can be used for burgers, stews, soups, salads, and even dips.

Vegan Lentil Salad

This salad has few ingredients and is very basic and yet so divine; I have to share the recipe! Because I love raw garlic, I add a small clove that I smash with a little bit of salt.
The gluten-free pita chip you can buy already made, like Stacy’s.

High Protein Vegan Lentil Salad
High Protein Vegan Lentil Salad

how to cook the lentils

The lentils cook in less than 15 minutes. All you need to do is boil them with a lot of water until they are soft, but not mushy. Depending on your cooking pot, it might take as little as 10 minutes; I like them al dente, but it is completely up to your taste. If I am planning to have this salad as a dip I let the lentils cook a bit longer so the texture is creamier.

You can add bay leaves, kombu, or cumin seeds while it cooks for some extra flavor. This excellent side dish is perfect for a picnic potluck or to take to the beach. It has all you need: protein, healthy complex carbs and the right amount of fat.

High Protein Vegan Lentil Salad
 

Vegan Lentil Salad

Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon dried mint
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley and/or mint, torn
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free pita chips, broken into small pieces

Instructions

1. Heat 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, until tender, about 4 minutes.

2. Add the lentils and cook until warmed through, about 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with the lemon zest and juice, the cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, pita chips, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper.

This healthy, high-protein vegan lentil salad is perfect for a summer party or a picnic. And it is kids friendly! Only a few ingredients.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. mistimaan

    Nice recipe

    1. Lu

      Thank you! (^_^) it is so tasty!

  2. S

    Please share how you cook your lentils.

    1. Lu

      Thank you for your input, I’m going to edit this post today.
      (^_^)

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