I Made It: The Best Lentil Salad

Good morning and happy Friday to you!

You know the feeling when you find a recipe, make it and realize it’s pretty much amazing. It’s one of those recipes you make note of as a favorite, bookmark in your cookbook, pin, etc. You’re so excited about it that you eat it all in two days and you make it again that same week. Well, that happened to me recently. 

You would think this might happen with a decadent cookie recipe or the most amazing _________ (insert dessert here), but for me it happened with salad. Yup, lentil salad from one of my favorite blogs, My New Roots. <– If you haven’t checked out this blog, please do. I’m in love with it.

The Best Lentil Salad

The salad is named The Best Lentil Salad, Ever and it TOTALLY lives up to it’s name.

In general, the salad ingredients are pretty simple (there’s only four of them), but don’t let that fool you, this salad is oh so delicious. I’ve literally been telling all my friends and family how amazing it is, so obviously you all need to know about it too.

I followed Sarah’s recipe for the most part, but made a few additions and substitutions based on what ingredients I had on hand. Here are my changes:
  • raisins instead of currants
  • added radishes
  • skipped the capers
  • added kale
  • left cardamom out of the dressing

The Best Lentil Salad

I love the robust flavor of the dressing, the crunch and zing of the red onion and the sweetness of the raisins. The whole thing just works!

Best Lentil Salad, Ever

I also like how easily the salad comes together. I’m always happy when I find recipes that use lentils because you don’t have to soak them and they cook up in 20 minutes or so. Easy peasy.

The Best Lentil Salad

So yeah, you should probably make this salad soon (like this weekend). It really is THE BEST.

I’ve been thinking more and more about sharing photos and details about new recipes I make and love from other blogs or cookbooks. I have so many cookbooks and so many recipes pinned and I think having this sort of series would help me to keep up with actually putting my cookbooks and pins to use. That said, you may be seeing more posts like this in the future, hopefully that’s cool.

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P.S. – Exciting news on the fitness front! I’m going to be running the Runner’s World 10K, October 19 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This will be my first race since falling and dislocating my patella last year during the Richmond Turkey Trot. I’m a little nervous, but also super pumped! It’s time to get back in the game. :)  If you’re thinking about registering for the Runner’s World races, I have a 10% off discount code for the Hat Trick (all three races of the weekend — a 5K, 10K and the Half) or just the Half Marathon.

  • 10% off Half: eatingbirdfoodRWHalf
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Comments

  1. Brittany, this looks amazing! so happy i have lentils in my cupboard so i can make this soon! i need to change up my eats, so this is perfect!

  2. I’ve been looking for a good lentil salad recipe. This is perfect!! Can’t wait to make this.

  3. I will definitely be checking out that recipe. I LOVE lentils, and if you say that it is THAT good, then I believe you! :)

  4. That salad looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing! Also, Yay for the 10K race! Have a great weekend :)

  5. This recipe looks scrumptious. Radishes and raisins make a surprisingly delicious combination. Good luck on your upcoming race!

  6. YUM I think I would skip the capers too…I dont know why but I cannot make myself like them! Those or olives..Ick!

  7. I have been on the prowl for good ideas of what to do with lentils. That recipe looks fabulous and oh, so healthy!!

  8. Go Brittany! I am excited to hear about your race. I wish you the best of luck with your training and on the race itself. I will be running the Chicago Marathon a few days before your race. I think we are both going to be great!

  9. Hey! I just found your blog, and see that youre an IIN grad! I’m currently enrolled in the course and finish in May of 2014. I really love it so far :)
    Your blog is AWESOME!!!
    so.. nice to “Meet” you!
    -Synthia

  10. I love lentils for that reason too! And I’m counting your word and will make this!! Thanks :)

  11. I’m so jealous of all of you girls going to the RW Festival. I will be running my first marathon that weekend in Ohio so I will have to wait until next year!

  12. Oh my gosh that looks so delicious. I must make it!! I’d leave the capers in though, I love capers but only ever have them with fish: salmon bagels, with panfried white fish or in a tomato & olive sauce to put over fish. Or tuna salad. Mm, capers :)

    Is that parsley in your photos? I’ve started buying a bunch of parsley each week and keeping it fresh in a glass of water. We always go through it by throwing it in salads and through scrambled eggs. It’s very versatile!

  13. I love love love lentils. Must try this!

  14. Have you made this in a jar by chance? Sounds super yummy, but wondering how it would hold up to the mason jar salads…

    • I haven’t made this salad in a jar yet but I’m pretty sure it would hold up well. I’d just make sure the radishes and onions (and whatever other veggies you want marinating) are in the bottom with the dressing and that the lentils are at the top. I could see them getting mushy if they sat in the dressing for too long.

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