The Best Lentil Salad, Ever

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This recipe was created by Sarah Britton and posted on the My New Roots blog. She calls it the best lentil salad ever, and I have to agree. I serve this over a small bed of baby arugula, and top the salad with some crumbled goat cheese for a healthy, tasty meatless meal. Other optional add-ins mentioned by Sarah are walnuts, fresh herbs & sprouts.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse lentils well, drain. Place in a pot and cover with a 3-4 inches of water, bring to a boil, reduce to simmer. Check lentils for doneness after 10 minutes, but they should take about 15 minutes in total. You will know they are cooked if they still retain a slight tooth – al dente! (Overcooking the lentils is the death of this dish) Drain & rinse the lentils under cold water and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, make the dressing by whisking together the olive, vinegar, maple syrup, mustard and all the spices (salt through cinnamon).
  3. In a large serving bowl, gently combine the lentils and dressing. Add the onions, cranberries and capers and stir to combine well. If using other add-ins such as herbs, greens, or cheese, wait to add until just before serving. Otherwise, this salad can hang out in the fridge for as long as a couple days!
Most Helpful

Delicious salad and a great way to use lentils. I especially loved the addition of the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves as they really added a wonderful flavor to this salad. I used green onion vs. the red as I was out and I took the advice of one of the reviewers and added some feta, toasted nuts and served the lentils on some arugula. Added a few extra dried cranberries just because I love them so much in salads. Will definitely make this salad again for sure. Made for PRMR, January, 2014.

DailyInspiration January 09, 2014

This is a really easy and tasty lentil salad. It is sweet, tangy and salty. I added feta cheese, walnuts and arugula, but only half the onions and 34 of the lentils. The vinegrette is fun to put together and is easily done while the lentils are cooking. It's a keeper.

sharoninsantafe August 04, 2013

This salad is so yummy. The maple syrup adds a nice sweetness. Great blends of spices. I used brown lentils but I guess any lentils would be great. Thanks rpgaymer :) Made for PRMR tag game

Boomette June 19, 2013