Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jen Rotenstreich
8 servings (serving size: 2/3 cup)

Tossed with a zesty homemade vinaigrette, lentils make a tasty, satisfying salad.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare vinaigrette, combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Set aside.

Step 2

To prepare the salad, cook the parsnip and carrot in 6 cups boiling water for 1 minute or until tender; remove vegetables with a slotted spoon. Add lentils; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender; drain in a colander. Cool.

Step 3

Combine parsnip, carrot, lentils, celery, onions, and parsley in a bowl; stir in vinaigrette. Marinate at room temperature for at least 20 minutes.

Chef's Notes

Cooking the lentils for only 15 minutes preserves their shape and texture.

Ratings & Reviews

rstarrlemaitre's Review

December 05, 2012

RuthHansson's Review

May 10, 2012
Great salad. Super easy. Had to make lentils for Shepherd's pie but only needed a half cup cooked lentils for the recipe. I used the remaining lentils to make this salad. I used half the dressing for the lentil salad and half for a green salad with shredded cheese. Dinner was a hit.

Tumbles's Review

May 25, 2011
Okay, there were many other 5-star reviews of this that have been erased. This is a wonderful and healthful salad. My husband loves this (he loves legumes). It is fantastic as is

Hyphuggr's Review

May 02, 2010
This recipe is delicious as is. The only change I made was an accident. I only had one lemon and had doubled the recipe, so I used lime juice and leftover light Cranberry Juice to make up the difference. It is appropriate for special occasions for adventurous eaters, as these types of whole grain salads can be an acquired taste.

bravekatie's Review

November 23, 2009
I threw this away after about 3 bites. The only reason I'm giving two stars instead of one is that I think maybe if I hadn't followed the suggestion to undercook the lentils and had just had mushy lentils, it wouldn't have been quite so bad. Plus, I need to grade on a curve because this recipe did not sound good to me when I first saw it but the reviews were great so I wanted to try it. So maybe it's me, not the recipe.

muttnut's Review

December 02, 2008
This tasted like vinegar. I love the idea of a lentil salad, but it was tough to eat. I'd try it again with a fraction of the vinegar, it has potential.