Beluga Black Lentil Salad with Tofu | © 2013 |

Beluga lentils are tiny black variety with nutty, earthy flavour, named after the caviar they resemble. This beluga lentil salad is really simple, satisfying and can be served on its own or as a side dish with your choice of meat. It can also be served on lettuce leaves.

  • 150 g Beluga black lentils
  • 400 ml Water
  • 1 clove Garlic, smashed
  • 1-2 Bay leaf
  • 1 block / 200 g Tofu
  • 1-2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Parsley root, julienned
  • 1 Carrot, julienned
  • 1 Purple onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp Garlic sprout
  • 2 tbsp Raspberry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Macadamia oil
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the black lentils with the smashed garlic, bay leaf and water and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat until the lentils are just tender, about 20 minutes. Drain the lentils and discard the garlic and bay leaf. Set aside to cool.
  2. Cut the tofu into 2-inch slices. Season with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Pan-fry tofu, 4-5 minutes per side, until golden brown and crisp. Drain on kitchen paper. Whisk all the dressing ingredients until well blended.
  3. Add the black lentils, julienned parsley root, carrot, sliced onion, garlic sprout and tofu into a large bowl, then pour on the dressing and toss to mix. | © 2013 | | © 2013 |


Amy 8/1/13 06:26

I think you just added all the ingredients and flavors that I love in one dish! :) It's so beautiful too. Those black lentils are like jewels!

Medeja 8/1/13 06:46

They are so many kinds of lentils.. I haven't even tried half of them I guess :)Your salad looks really delicious! You served it just like in a restaurant :)

WeR SAHM 8/1/13 07:16

never tried this black dal..but it looks wonderful...very well presented and super clicks!!!

Choclette 8/1/13 07:16

I never think to eat lentils as a salad, but it's such a good idea. Your dish looks beautiful as always and sounds delicious and just the sort of food needed after all the festive excess. One question though. What are garlic sprouts?

Sutapa 8/1/13 07:52

Very healthy recipe the presentation and all the color and flavor added!

Veena Theagarajan 8/1/13 07:53

Love this salad.. Will try soon.. Love all the pics too

Rosa's Yummy Yums 8/1/13 08:10

A beautiful salad and perfect combo!



Mich Piece of Cake 8/1/13 09:02

Hi Angie, I am a huge fan of anything tofu and I would eat a plateful of this beautiful salad.

kitchen flavours 8/1/13 09:21

Hi Angie,
Lovely salad! I don't mind having a plateful!

Guru Uru 8/1/13 09:33

Tofu and salad = favourites!

Choc Chip Uru

Angie's Recipes 8/1/13 09:52

@Choclette I think garlic greens might be more proper.

Anne Regalado 8/1/13 10:23

Lovely salad , Angie ! Love the flavor and texture of that salad :) The dressing itself sounds refreshingly yummy !

StephenC 8/1/13 11:26

This is the third time in as many weeks that there have been salads of this sort out there - that includes my own, made yesterday, from wheat berries. Seems oh so healthy.

Beena.stephy 8/1/13 11:30

Beautiful and healthy salad

Belinda 8/1/13 12:11

Ooooo they look so fancy!!

Priya 8/1/13 13:03

Have seen this lentils, salad looks nutritious and fabulous.

Anonymous 8/1/13 13:12

Looks fabulous Angie, it tempts my non tofu enjoying taste buds to give it a try.
:-) Mandy

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen 8/1/13 13:48

I've never seen these lentils. They are gorgeous! And so is your salad. They really do look like caviar. The raspberry vinaigrette sounds divine. I always have a bottle on my shelf and it's nice to see it used on lentils.

Ilke 8/1/13 14:01

Looks pretty with the julienned and thinly cut vegetables. I love lentils and always trying to find types that do not melt but holds its firmness. This one seems like that.
I love the idea of serving on lettuce leaves, perfect appetizer that way as well.

Kitcheninspirations 8/1/13 14:45

You know what a lentil kick I'm on right now, so this post is dangerous. I think my husband would kill me if I bought yet another box of lentils! Love the colour of these.

Rumana Ambrin 8/1/13 15:30

Wow!!! so healthy and yummy..

Alice 8/1/13 16:07

wo Angie, i get to know many new stuff by reading your blog! thks for sharing :)

Sangeetha 8/1/13 16:22

Great recipe to use this salad, loaded with lots of flavors n delicious too...very nice pics!

pepper bowl 8/1/13 17:03

Angie, presentation is so good and inspires others to definitely give it a it..

Susan 8/1/13 17:34

I have never heard of the Beluga lentils before, but will look for them at Whole Foods--this salad looks incredible. XOXO

Finla 8/1/13 17:50

I am in love with the pics of the belunga ,andlove the salade too.

Koko 8/1/13 17:57

The dressing for this sounds delicious- macadamia oil must be so rich! I still haven't tried beluga lentils...I really need to make the trip to Whole Foods or somewhere that would have them!

Tricia @ saving room for dessert 8/1/13 18:32

I need to go shopping for black lentils. I've never seen them but they are beautiful! I think lentils are fantastic - no matter what color they are. This looks delicious!

Patty 8/1/13 19:00

Beautiful plate of healthy tasty food to celebrate the New Year!!
Happy New Years Angie-I look forward to following you in 2013 ;-)

Hema 8/1/13 19:36

Thanks for dropping by my space, the salad looks so colorful, those black lentils look so cute, very nourishing, following you back Angie..

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 8/1/13 21:29

I would love to find some Belugo lentils. They're beautiful! The photo of them in the small, wooden bowls is just gorgeous. Lovely recipe.

Kit @ i-lostinausten 8/1/13 22:26

Love this recipe especially with tofu! YUMMY :)

GG 8/1/13 23:08

Great pictures and a wonderful recipe. I've not heard of these little lentils before but I'm going to search them out. GG

OohLookBel 8/1/13 23:13

This dish really looks lovely. I will keep an eye out for beluga lentils, I like the smaller size.

Anonymous 9/1/13 02:59

This salad looks so pretty! I haven't even seen black lentils before. I will have to do some searching for them :)

lena 9/1/13 03:10

never seen black lentil before but everything looks so pretty here!

Words Of Deliciousness 9/1/13 04:48

The salad has wonderful colors and looks very tasty. I have eaten lentil before, but never the beluga black lentil, they do sound tasty.

Scrambled Megs 9/1/13 04:51

A perfectly healthy recipe for a great 2013. Looks amazing xxx

Teriyaki Salmon 9/1/13 05:26

The pictures is increasing my appetite and can't wait to try this recipe and get the taste of it.

Thanks for such wonderful recipe!!

mjskit 9/1/13 05:46

Oh I love all of the delicious salads being posted this week! This one is definitely one of my favorites! Love the blend of ingredients and the tasty vinaigrette! Gorgeous!

lisa is cooking 9/1/13 16:29

The vegetables look so great with the black lentils! What a perfect dish for the start of the year.

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies 9/1/13 19:16

I love lentils in any way, shape, or form. :) This would make such a great vegetarian lunch!

Anonymous 9/1/13 19:23

What a unique and gourmet salad. This is lovely! Oh, and that dressing sounds incredible. Perfect vegetarian meal. :)

Cheap Ethnic Eatz 9/1/13 19:29

Happy New Year! I just adore discovering new ingredients like these Beluga lentils through your recipes. it is a lovely salad.

Joanne 9/1/13 20:46

Perfect timing as I have some black lentils i need to use up! this looks like quite the elegant salad!

Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today 9/1/13 20:54

Sounds so delicious and healthy. And pictures, as always make me very hungry.

Alida 9/1/13 21:24

A very elegant and nutritious meal dear Angie.
Hope you had a good Christmas. Happy new year!

Amanda 9/1/13 22:49

I've never tried lentils with tofu! I'm going to try it!

kale 10/1/13 01:06

what a pretty dish! the colors are spectacular.

Rosita Vargas 10/1/13 02:36

Lindo trabajo y muy exquisito me encanta,abrazos y abrazos.

Stephanie @ henry happened 10/1/13 04:30

How cool do these lentils look?! I've never had caviar but I'm betting I would like the lentil version a LOT more :)

Caroline - All That I'm Eating 10/1/13 14:10

This sounds so virtuous! It's full of things I want to try and cook with; lentils and tofu namely. Looks great.

Jenn Kendall 10/1/13 16:29

wow, your salad is so beautiful! and sounds sooooo delicious with all those amazing ingredients!

The Café Sucré Farine 10/1/13 17:43

Angie, I've never heard oc Beluga lentils but I think we might need to become friends. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos, who else could make lentils look beautiful?

Pam 10/1/13 18:05

It looks so beautiful and gourmet!

Katerina 10/1/13 18:13

I haven't tried this type of lentils but your salad looks amazing!

Barbara 10/1/13 18:17

Such a tempting photo, Angie. We're crazy about lentils around here. Tofu, not so much, but yours looks done exactly right.

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Nina 11/1/13 03:32

What a beautiful looking dish....the black lentils look stunning:)

Lizzy Do 11/1/13 14:32

Those lentils are gorgeous, Angie! And this protein packed dish looks so healthy and tasty :)

Jean | Delightful Repast 11/1/13 21:13

Angie, that is a beautiful salad! And lentils are one of my favorite protein sources. This looks like a salad to put at the top of my to-do list.

Cass @foodmyfriend 12/1/13 08:12

Best salad Angie! Black lentils are my favourite at the moment and French brown lentils :)

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 12/1/13 22:01

Oh...beluga black lentils, aka: the caviar of beans ~ what a delicious choice in this salad. Your photos are simply beautiful Angie.

Asmita 13/1/13 20:31

Hi Angie,
Happy New Year! This looks like such a fancy and awesome dish! Will make this when I am entertaining the next time!

wakanetwork 15/1/13 06:34

Your photo perfectly captures the wonderful flavorful combinations of this salad. Beautiful!

Lilly Sue 16/1/13 00:36

This dish looks beautiful.

tigerfish 16/1/13 05:56

I don't think I have tried Beluga lentils. The fact that it is black means it must be packed with health benefits too :)

CJ - Food Stories 21/1/13 18:06

Mmmm - I see a version of this in my near future :-)

Amelia 23/1/13 15:30

Hi Angie, lovely salad and very appetizing. Excellent click!
Have a lovely week ahead.


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