Quick & Simple Vegan Lentil Salad

If you’re after a simple, yet delicious vegan lentil salad, you’ve come to the right place! 

This recipe has only a handful of ingredients, and not only is it easy and quick to make (10 minutes!), but this flavour combination is pure bliss. The crunch and freshness from the pomegranate and walnuts balance out the beautiful earthy texture and flavour of the brown lentils. 

The easy and simple dressing also compliment the flavours without overpowering them, as some dressings can.

Vegan lentil salad in a serving dish

Kitchen tools needed to make this vegan lentil salad

The items that you’ll need to execute this salad are super basic! 

  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • Large bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

That’s it! How simple is that?!

Lentil salad overhead close up.

Using pomegranate arils (aka seeds) in this salad

The pomegranate arils are the perfect pairing with the lentils, walnuts and coriander in this salad. It adds bursts of fresh and sweet flavour and beautiful colour. 

I normally buy whole pomegranates and deseed them myself. I do the whole one in one hit to have fresh seeds in the fridge for when I’m ready to use them. 

If you’re pressed for time or don’t want the fuss of deseeding a whole pomegranate, you can sometimes buy the seeds in a packet all ready to use! Alternatively, they can be found in the freezer section of your supermarket. 

However, I find that the nicest and freshest is when you do the deseeding yourself. You’ll find some useful videos over on YouTube to give you some tips and tricks on how to deseed a pomegranate quickly and easily. 

These antioxidant-rich seeds really make this salad, so please don’t be tempted to trade them out for something else. 

Lentil Salad in green lettuce cups

What should I serve with lentil salad?

There are plenty of dishes that this would make the perfect side for. I also love to serve this as an appetiser in baby lettuce leaves. That way, the leaf is used as a spoon to get that gorgeous salad into your mouth within a couple of bites.

Some other ideas to serve this salad alongside:

This list could go on and on, but these are just a few of my favourites!

Vegan lentil salad shot overhead with serving spoon in dish.

How do I cook dried brown lentils?

I have a mix of both in my pantry, some in cans and some dried. It depends on the dish that I’m making and how short on time I am, to which lentils I’ll use. For soups and stews, I’ll generally cook them from scratch like in this lentil stew

If you’d prefer to cook your lentils from scratch, here is a simple way to cook them. 

  • 1 cup of dried lentils
  • 6 cups of water
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Soak your lentils overnight in 3 cups of water. 
  2. The next day, rinse them well and add the other 3 cups of water and pinch of salt. 
  3. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  4. Cook until the lentils are tender. This normally takes around 20-25 minutes. 
  5. Drain any excess water, and now they’re ready for use. 
  6. If you’re using them in this cold salad, run them under cold water after cooking to cool them down and stop the cooking process. Make sure to drain all the excess water before using. 

Close up of the salad

Once you see how quick and easy it is to whip up this salad, you’ll be making it all the time. It’s perfect as a last-minute healthy lunch, addition to a meal as a side, or a beautiful plate to take to a gathering.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. If you’d like to see the video of me making this salad, you can find it over on our YouTube channel. 

Other recipes you’ll love:

  1. One-Pot French Lentil, Mushroom and Sage Stew
  2. Easy Vegan Brown Lentil Stew
  3. Spiced Carrot & Millet Salad
  4. High Protein Vegan Salad with Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Satay Tofu
  5. Simple Potato and Radicchio Salad

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Quick & Simple Vegan Lentil Salad

Quick & Simple Vegan Lentil Salad

Yield: 4 as a side/starter
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This gluten-free and easy vegan lentil salad makes the perfect appetiser or side dish to take to any get-together. Full of flavour and colour, it's a wonderfully healthy dish!

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (400g/14.11oz x2 - 2.5 cups) brown lentils, drained and rinsed*
  • ¾ cup pomegranate arils/seeds (½ a pomegranate)
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup coriander/cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients and toss until well combined.

Notes

* Make sure you drain them well so that you don't have a soggy salad with a diluted dressing.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 497Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 304mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 20gSugar: 8gProtein: 17g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically. The accuracy of this information is not guaranteed.

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2 thoughts on “Quick & Simple Vegan Lentil Salad”

  1. I am making the lentil from scratch but have never soaked them overnight. Why do you think its best. There is also much controversy over soaking, say, black beans overnight. I’m really confused…thank you for your wonderful recipes!!!!!!!

    1. Hi Marna, I haven’t heard the controversies around soaking beans and lentils? It really helps to speed up the cooking process, and not only that, but it helps you to digest them better. I would do around 1.5 cups of dried lentils for this recipe. I hope that helps!

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