Easy Lentil Salad Recipe

Easy Lentil Salad Recipe

Mar 29, 2024Sanguina Inc

As we welcome the rejuvenating energy of spring, our food cravings begin to mirror the freshness and vibrancy of the season. This Spring-inspired easy lentil salad is a celebration of the transition from the hearty meals of winter to lighter, more refreshing dishes that embody the essence of spring.

Lentils, with their rich nutritional profile, offer a delicious base for a salad that's not only heart-healthy, packed with fiber, folate, and potassium but also perfectly aligned with the season's promise of renewal and vitality. This is ideal for shaking off the last vestiges of winter's chill and inviting the bright, fresh flavors of spring onto your plate.


  • 1 cup dry lentils 
  • 3 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup medjool dates, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  1. Cook the Lentils: Rinse the lentils under cold water. In a medium saucepan, bring the 3 cups of water to a boil. Add the lentils, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain any excess liquid and let the lentils cool.
  2. Prepare the Vegetables: While the lentils are cooking, dice cucumber, dates, and finely chop the red onion and parsley.
  3. Make the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
  4. Combine: In a large bowl, combine the cooked lentils, diced vegetables, and chopped parsley. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine thoroughly.
  5. Serve: Enjoy your lentil salad immediately or refrigerate it for an hour to allow the flavors to meld together. 
Health Benefits
  • Lentils: A rich source of fiber and protein that supports heart health, aids in digestion, and is packed with essential nutrients like potassium and folate that help manage blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  • Medjool Dates: These sweet fruits are loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, including potassium, aiding nerve function and heart health, while also providing a natural source of energy.
  • Cucumbers: High in water content, cucumbers promote hydration and contain antioxidants such as vitamin C and folic acid, supporting skin health and immune function.
  • Onions: Known for their anti-inflammatory properties, onions can enhance the immune system and reduce high blood pressure, thanks to their rich content of antioxidants and sulfur-containing compounds.
  • Parsley: A nutritional powerhouse with an abundance of vitamins A, C, and K, which are crucial for bone health, vision, and immune function.

This nutrient-packed salad is not only healthy but also incredibly simple to make. It's perfect for a quick and healthy lunch, a side dish, or even a simple meal prep option. Whether you're looking to improve your diet, manage your weight, or simply enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal, this salad is a great choice. 

Remember, eating healthily doesn't have to be complicated. Simple ingredients like lentils can offer profound health benefits, from reducing your risk of chronic diseases to providing essential nutrients for your body's needs. So next time you're pondering what to make, consider this nutrient-packed lentil salad as a tasty and beneficial option.


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