Red Lentil Salad

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Lentils are low in fat and high in protein and fiber. Not only do lentils help lower cholesterol, they are of special benefit in managing blood-sugar disorders since their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal.
Before cooking, always rinse lentils and pick out stones and other debris. Unlike dried beans and peas, there's no need to soak them. Lentils cook more slowly if they're combined with salt or acidic ingredients, so add these last.

  • 200 g Red lentils©angiesrecipes
  • 4 cup Water
  • 1/3 Red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 Cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small chunk Zucchini, finely diced
  • 3 tbsp Walnut oil
  • 2 tbsp Raspberry vinegar
  • 2 clove Garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 tbsp Dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Rinse and remove any debris. Place lentils and water in a medium pot. Bring it to a bail and cook the lentils until soft but firm, about 8 minutes.
  2. Whisk together the walnut oil and raspberry vinegar in a small bowl, add in the garlic, salt, and pepper. Dice the red pepper and cherry tomatoes.
  3. Once the lentils are done, drain and rinse with cold running water. Place them in a large bowl and toss together with the red pepper, cherry tomatoes, zucchini and dressing, mix in the dried parsley.

Red Lentil Salad

70 comments:

Cocina Savant 14/5/10 22:00

Excellent dish and interesting information about lentils. They are so very versatile and aesthetically pleasing. I love the raspberry vinegar and walnut oil to give the dish that earthy freshness that is unbeatable during spring.

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Cool Lassi(e) 14/5/10 22:10

They look really good. I used to make soup out of this red lentil(masoor dhal)..i have some in the back of my shelf that i should do something about. Lovely tempting salad. Happy Weekend!

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MaryMoh 14/5/10 22:14

Wow...these red lentils look totally amazing when cooked! They look like giant fish eggs! Bet they taste very delicious....healthy too. I have to try one day.

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A Thought For Food 14/5/10 22:36

This looks wonderful! I've never made a lentil salad before, so this will have to be my first try at it... I've never used walnut oil before. Sounds delightful!

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Priya 14/5/10 22:44

Omg, wat a beautiful salad, very catchy..we usually do dals with this lentils..thanks for sharing this yummy salad..

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doggybloggy 14/5/10 23:02

bokeh - your focal point in the first two pictures is poetic - this looks like a delicious salad -

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The Housewife 14/5/10 23:05

This looks so good! I always do dals with lentils, so this would be a very nice change!

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Ann 14/5/10 23:21

Terrific Picture, often make some soup with this lentil, Salad sounds excellent-e!

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Dinners and Dreams 14/5/10 23:34

Red lentils are so much better looking than the rest of lentils. This is a gorgeous salad. Enjoy the weekend!

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Claudia 14/5/10 23:41

I bookmarked this - I do love lentils and seem to use them mainly in winter in soups and stews and the like. I love the virbant colors of this and will definitely be having this on my table!

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Nadji 15/5/10 00:13

Une salade avec les couleurs d'un été que nous espérons beaucoup.
Ta salade semble délicieuse. j'aime beaucoup.
See soon.

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tasteofbeirut 15/5/10 00:18

These make a beautiful salad and come to think of it I have all the ingredients required to make one now!

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Fimère 15/5/10 01:08

elle est très savoureuse cette salade aux lentilles, j'aime beaucoup
bonne soirée

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Cinnamon-Girl 15/5/10 02:34

What a bright and delicious salad Angie! I bet the walnut oil and raspberry vinegar give it some really nice flavor.

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Peanutts 15/5/10 02:41

wow lovely photoes , looks delish

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Nithu 15/5/10 03:57

Beautiful clicks!!! Love them. It's just sooo inviting. I am hungry now :-)

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wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... 15/5/10 05:17

Looks good! Those parsley don't look a bit dried, they look fresh :)

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KennyT 15/5/10 05:25

I am not a big fan of lentils but I think it's time for me to eat them more!! Thanks a lot for this great piece of information! Your red lentil salad looks fresh and appetizing, it's great for this humid and hot weather in Hong Kong now!

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Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) 15/5/10 05:35

This look beautiful and sound healthy, have a great weekend!

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Dishesdone 15/5/10 05:47

I have a bag of red lentils waiting for the perfect recipe and yours is it! Your salad looks delicious!

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Angie's Recipes 15/5/10 06:09

doggybloggy: LOL You even used BOKEH :-) Yes, I like the blurred background.

Thanks, my friends, for your treasured time and kind words. Wish you ALL a happy weekend!
Angie

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Cookin' Canuck 15/5/10 06:22

So pretty and healthy! Great idea to use walnut oil.

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My Little Space 15/5/10 07:05

The salad looks great! Looks like baked beans which I love the most! ^_^ Hope you'll have a fabulous weekend!
Cheers, Kristy

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tigerfish 15/5/10 10:13

I'm guilty. I cooked with lentils but used canned ones. I will buy dried ones next time.

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Chef E 15/5/10 11:07

Umm, I love walnut oil- I made chickpeas and am planning a similar salad for tonight, so far our journey on vegetarian this week is working- I have lost ten pounds just from exercise and eating right again.

I love lentils, love them! Lets go grape crushing together, we would laugh hysterically or you would at my German- I met with a French friend yesterday, and we laughed at my southern accent french laden speach :)

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A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine 15/5/10 17:07

The salad looks absolutely beautiful..

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Anncoo 15/5/10 18:10

Sorry I'm late for this~~the salad looks so beautiful~~

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Mary 15/5/10 18:37

This looks really gorgeous. As it happens I have some red lentils in the pantry, so this salad is sure to be tried. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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TasteHongKong 15/5/10 18:48

Nutty, fruity flavors already float when reading your whisking of walnut oil, raspberry vinegar, garlic ...

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Gulmohar 15/5/10 19:01

Love this lentil...but normally I make curry with it..salad looks too good

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Food For Tots 15/5/10 19:34

Never try lentil salad before. Looks so refreshing and healthy! Great to make one under this hot and humid weather. ;)

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Parita 15/5/10 21:09

Very healthy and delicious salad

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Katy ~ 15/5/10 22:01

Angie, this looks delicious and looks like one that I could greatly enjoy. Because I am so new to lentils, I really appreciate this recipe.

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GayathriRaj 15/5/10 23:04

Hey looking yummy...nice recipe....:)

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Dishesdone 16/5/10 03:14

Made your recipe tonight and it was delicious! Thanks for a great recipe, we loved it!

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Fresh Local and Best 16/5/10 03:40

This is a very pretty salad. I adore lentils!

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Chow and Chatter 16/5/10 04:11

this looks great I always just make dal but never thought of salad and great health tips here LOL

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citronetvanille 16/5/10 05:48

I do feel like lentils and beans lately and this salad comes at the right timing! I love it!

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theUngourmet 16/5/10 06:09

I wanted to make lentils last night but found that I was all out of them. I've never tried the red ones. They look delicious. What a fabulous salad!

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Lazaro Cooks! 16/5/10 07:24

Fantastic lentil dish. Nancy would be all over this. Great job!

Cheers!

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alwayswinner786 16/5/10 09:24

That look so delicious! Healthy and fresh salad!
I never used red lentils for salad, we usually make soups but this one is great.I bookmarked this recipe!

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Sophie 16/5/10 10:21

A georgous, tasty & healthy red lentils salad!!

I so love red lentils but mostly I eat them in soups & stews!

What a tasty superb salad!

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carmenpiva 16/5/10 12:11

They look beautiful! We cannot find them in my town, only dark. Lovely and healthy dish for spring.
xxx

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Joanne 16/5/10 12:56

I love red lentils and this salad looks delicious. So many fresh and nutritious flavors!

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Heavenly Housewife 16/5/10 14:18

I've never cooked with red lentils, I use the green ones though to make dahl. Lentils don't look like much to me, but they taste awesome, dont you think?
Hope you are having a great weekend.
*kisses* HH

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Biren 16/5/10 14:30

This looks like a healthy and tasty dish. I like the dressing.

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Cherine 16/5/10 15:13

This salad is beautiful, healthy and flavorful!!!

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denise @ quickies on the dinner table 16/5/10 15:37

I am all over anything with lentils. I love how they taste but the fact that they're so good for you is definitely the icing on the cake.

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Trissa 16/5/10 15:49

Thanks Angie! I love the fact that you don't even need to soak them! As always, they look fab!

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Magic of Spice 16/5/10 16:22

How colorful, sounds delicious!

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Jo 16/5/10 17:18

This really makes for a great salad dish. Totally appertizing and so colourful.

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Rosa's Yummy Yums 16/5/10 19:25

A healthy and scrumptious salad! I rarely use red lentils to make my salads...

Cheers,

Rosa

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Ivy 16/5/10 20:09

Angie, these sound delicious and so healthy. I've never cooked red lentils before so next time I'll go to the supermarket I must buy some.

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Catherine 16/5/10 20:36

Lentils are just the best! This salad looks fantastic Angie! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Devaki 16/5/10 21:04

What a lovely salad Angie - I do dals with lentils all the time but your turning into a salad is genius!

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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munchcrunchandsuch 17/5/10 00:10

oh looks great Angie.wat a perfect blend of flavours

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Donna-FFW 17/5/10 01:32

What an absolutely gorgeous delicious loking salad.. I love the colors, the flavors sound unbeatable, gorgeous photo..

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sweetlife 17/5/10 02:32

we love lentils, this look so tasty..great recipe

sweetlife

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Ellie (Almost Bourdain) 17/5/10 02:59

This is an absolutely healthy and delicious recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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Hettar7 17/5/10 04:20

I Love Lentils, Yes I Doooo...... (please imagine me singing that in my head when you read that. cause I am)

This recipe seems so simple, and I'm sure it's very good. Nice one.

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3 hungry tummies 17/5/10 06:21

colourful and very healthy indeed!

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A Full-Timed Housefly 17/5/10 07:25

Have tried this in curried flavour , taste quite good...your version look really yummy

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♥peachkins♥ 17/5/10 10:07

I haven't tried cooking lentils for myself.....although I've tried some lentil soup in restaurants..

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A Canadian Foodie 17/5/10 15:01

The walnut oil and raspberry vinaigrette would really give the dish a depth and kick. It looks beeautiful and I know it is healthy.
YUM!
:)
Valerie

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Bridgett 17/5/10 17:52

I need to keep my eye out for red lentils. I have been addicted to raspberry vinaigrette lately so this would really fit right in around here.

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Bo 18/5/10 11:47

Very healthy! I need to eat lentils more often.

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Patty 25/5/10 20:51

Wow. Wow. Wow! Your red lentil salad is beautiful (as well as everything else you make!) What a wonderful idea to use red lentils - my children prefer the red lentils to the green/black ones for some reason. I bet the lentils absorb all the delicious vinegar and garlic-y goodness!

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OysterCulture 13/6/10 06:02

I love lentils and do not make or eat them nearly enough, this dish just sounds so yummy!

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