Recipes

Lentil salad recipe: ideas for filling and low-calorie appetizers

Recently, vegan and vegetarian dishes have been enjoying increasing popularity. So it is no wonder that the filling lentil salad can be found in German refrigerators more and more often. It is tasty and can therefore also be used as an inexpensive accompaniment to grilled food or as a starter at the festive buffet. It lasts easily over the working week and is therefore also suitable as a takeaway meal to the office. The lentil salad also contains important nutrients such as protein and stimulates digestion. If you are looking for a lentil salad recipe, you will find it here, because we offer you 20 ideas for filling and low-calorie starters.

Red lentil salad: recipe with feta cheese

red lentil salad recipe with cheese feta and parsley

We’ll start with a very simple recipe for red lentil salad with feta cheese. In contrast to the other types of lentils, the red lentils are cooked in less than 15 minutes. A red lentil salad also scores with a more neutral taste and is therefore perfect as an accompaniment to fish and meat, as well as a vegan starter. The combination with the Greek feta cheese is particularly tasty. You need the following ingredients for the basic recipe:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup of red lentils
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation: Heat the olive oil in a deep pan over medium heat, add the garlic clove and sauté briefly. Add the coriander and fennel seeds to the pan and roast for 30 seconds. Remove the pan from the heat and season the lentil salad with balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. Set aside to cool.

In the meantime, bring 2 cups of water to the boil in a saucepan and cook the red lentils al dente according to the instructions on the package. They are usually cooked in less than 10 minutes. Then drain and drain the lentils. Drizzle over the dressing, stir in the crumbled cheese and then season the salad with salt and pepper. Serve with rice or green salad.

Vegan lentil salad: recipe with tomatoes

Lentil salad vegan recipe with tomatoes and parsley

The longer the next salad stays in the refrigerator, the better it tastes. If you’d like to try what a vegan lentil salad tastes like, then the next recipe with tomatoes is for you. You need the following ingredients for this filling starter:

  • 210 g green puy lentils (the variety is particularly popular in France)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon mustard flour
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • sea-salt
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 150 g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 10 g parsley, fresh and roughly chopped

Preparation: Put the lentils in the boiling water and simmer for 20 minutes over medium heat. Then remove from the heat, drain and spread on kitchen paper. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Mix the remaining ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and then stir in the onion and cherry tomatoes. Garnish with the parsley and season with salt and pepper. Let stand for half an hour at room temperature and then serve.

Lentil Salad Calories: Low Carb Recipe With Fish

Lentil Salad Calories and Ideas for Low Carb Lentil Salad with Salmon and Tomato

Especially in Corona times, when we move a lot less and spend a lot more at home, we look for delicious but low-calorie recipes. Then the question arises, how many calories are in a lentil salad (approx. 140 g). If you prepare your lentil salad vegetarian, i.e. only with vegetables and spices, the number of calories is around 250 Kcal. But if you prepare a low-carb lentil salad and add 100 g of fish such as smoked salmon to it, the number of calories increases to 370 Kcal. However, since such a salad is very filling and can be eaten for lunch, the lentil salad is low in calories. Here’s a suggestion for a cold, low-carb starter. The necessary ingredients are:

  • 1 cup of mountain lentils (plate lentils disintegrate very easily and are therefore not suitable)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 medium-sized tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 150 g smoked salmon

For the dressing:

  • 6 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of white balsamic vinegar
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation: Rinse the mountain lentils under cold water and put them in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes until the lentils are cooked through. Then remove the lentils from the heat, drain, rinse and drain on kitchen paper. In the meantime, clean the tomatoes well and cut them into small pieces. Peel and chop the onion. Rinse the spinach and pat dry on kitchen paper. Then mix the ingredients for the dressing with the vinegar and Dijon mustard and puree everything finely. Then mix the onion, tomatoes and spinach with the lentils in a large bowl, garnish with smoked salmon and drizzle with the dressing.

Recipe for beluga lentil salad with mango and avocado

Beluga lentil salad with mango easy recipe for cold starters

Beluga lentils is a type of black lentil named after the beluga caviar. These lenses differ from the plate lenses not only in their color, but also in their size: They are significantly smaller. The beluga lentils are perfect for cold starters and lentil salads as they don’t disintegrate when cooked. They take in the taste of the dressing and fruits well. Below we offer you an idea for beluga lentil salad with mango and avocado. You need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup beluga lentils
  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 handfuls of rocket
  • 1 mango, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 onion, red, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, cut into pieces

For the dressing:

  • 4 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic, diced
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 teaspoons of parsley, freshly chopped

If you want to prepare a lentil salad vegetarian, then follow the basic recipe: Prepare the beluga lentils according to the manufacturer’s instructions. In the meantime, mix the ingredients for the dressing into a creamy mass. Then put the salad together and mix all the ingredients together well. Of course, non-vegetarians can also garnish the salad with shrimp or cheese.

Simply prepare lentil salad with spices

Lentil salad easy recipe with curry and sauce

Now comes a lentil salad recipe, simply prepared with curry. For this quick recipe you will need the following ingredients:

  • Green Puy Lentils from France
  • Paneer (Indian Cream Cheese)
  • Dressing with lime juice and coriander
  • Spices: cardamom, garlic powder, ginger and cumin to taste
  • Spinach, finely chopped
  • Cauliflower, fried (optional) with turmeric

Preparation: Boil the lentils, drain the water and dry them. Season with the spices, drizzle with 1/3 of the dressing. In the meantime, season the paneer cheese and the cauliflower with turmeric and fry briefly. Then simply put the lentil salad together and garnish with parsley. If you want to take the salad to the office, you can store the sauce separately in a small container.

Oriental lentil salad: recipe from Morocco with carrots

Oriental lentil salad recipe with carrots and spices from Morocco

The oriental cuisine makes you dream of distant worlds and exotic countries? The next recipe brings a touch of Morocco into your own four walls. An oriental lentil salad with carrots and freshly ground spices is ideal as a main course on casual weekends or as a cold starter for family celebrations alongside humus. You need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup of green pya lentils
  • 1 half cup of carrots, peeled and cut into four pieces
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Juice of one lemon
  • olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons dill, fresh and finely chopped (for the dressing)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • Parsley, for garnish, roughly chopped

Preparation: Cook the green lentils following the instructions on the packaging. Mix the spices with 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl, line a baking sheet with baking paper and distribute the carrots on top. Brush the carrots with the spice mixture and roast in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20-30 minutes. In the meantime, sweat the onions briefly in the olive oil. Then for the dressing mix the lemon juice, dill, salt and pepper with 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and add the raisins at the end and drizzle with the dressing.

Recipe for lentil salad with feta cheese and figs

Lentil salad with sheep cheese and figs recipe for summer

The next lentil salad with sheep cheese and figs is perfect for hot summer days. You need the following ingredients:

  • 6 fresh figs
  • 35 g nuts, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, pressed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons of balsamic white wine vinegar
  • 300 g lentils, cooked, drained weight
  • 100 g lettuce
  • 50 g rocket
  • 1 handful of mint leaves
  • 100 g sheep cheese
  • 1 pomegranate, only the seeds

Preparation: Line a baking sheet with baking foil. Scatter the nuts and figs on the baking sheet, mix the balsamic vinegar with the garlic and olive oil in a bowl and brush the nuts and figs with it. Then caramelize the nuts and figs in the preheated oven.

Beetroot as the main ingredient in lentil salad

Lentil salad with beetroot vegetarian recipe with vegetables

The lentil salad with beetroot is perfect for cold autumn and winter days. For the next recipe you will need the following ingredients:

  • Beetroot, 2 pieces, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 250 ml of chicken broth
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Vincotto (Italian seasoning mix made from grape must)
  • 60 ml of olive oil
  • 400 g lentils, cooked, drained weight
  • 2 shallots
  • Parsley, roughly chopped
  • Handful of seed mix
  • 100 g sheep cheese, diced

Preparation: Put the broth together with the beetroot in a saucepan, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Mix all the remaining ingredients in a bowl, then add the beetroot and stir everything well.

Recipe for lentil salad with apple and meat

Recipe lentil salad with apple and beetroot and meat

A filling recipe for lentil salad with apple and cured beef. These are the necessary ingredients:

  • 200 g cured beef
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 stick of celery, diced
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 400 g lentils, cooked, drained weight
  • salad
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic, pressed

Preparation: Put the beef, carrot, onion, celery, brown sugar and white wine vinegar in a large saucepan. Pour in enough cold water to cover the ingredients. Bring the water to a boil and reduce the heat. Then simmer over medium heat for 1 hour and 30 minutes until the meat is cooked through. Take the saucepan off the stove, pour off the water and drain the ingredients. Mix with the remaining ingredients in a large bowl, season to taste and serve warm.

Recipe for lentil salad with sun-dried tomatoes

Lentil salad with sun-dried tomatoes recipe for the summer

We will soon be offering you a recipe for lentil salad with sun-dried tomatoes. Here are the necessary ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup lentils, cooked and drained
  • 1 handful mix of spinach and rocket
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 4-5 cherry tomatoes, fresh, halved
  • 2 tbsp feta cheese, grated or crumbled
  • Dressing of cumin and ginger in olive oil

Preparation: Mix the lentils with the other ingredients, drizzle with the dressing and enjoy the salad on the same day.

Lentil salad recipe with bacon

Lentil salad with bacon recipe with feta cheese and parsley

Filling and perfect as a main course in the cold season: this is how the next lentil salad with bacon can be described. You need the following ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium-sized shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, pressed
  • bacon
  • 800 g lentils, cooked, drained weight
  • 2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar
  • 1 handful of parsley, fresh, chopped
  • 50 g feta cheese, crumbled

Preparation: Heat the olive oil in a deep pan, sweat the shallot and rosemary leaves for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and bacon and cook for another 5 minutes until the bacon is crispy. Add the lentils, stir everything well and remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm.

Lentil salad with tuna

Lentil Salad with Tuna and Tomato and Dressing Ideas for Quick and Easy Recipes

The lentil salad with tuna offers a variety in the menu all year round. Here are the ingredients for the filling and tasty salad:

  • 425 g canned tuna
  • 400 g lentils, cooked, drained weight
  • Parsley, fresh, just the leaves
  • 6 basil leaves
  • 100 g cherry tomatoes, halved, yellow and red
  • 1 small red onion, cut into pieces

For the dressing:

  • 4 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 medium clove of garlic, pressed
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mustard

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and all ingredients for the dressing in a separate, smaller bowl. After you mix the basic ingredients together well, sprinkle the dressing on the salad. Serve immediately afterwards and keep the salad in the refrigerator for a maximum of 1 day.