Lentil Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Prep Time10 minutes

This flavorful lentil salad with red wine vinaigrette is filled with veggies and protein-packed, ideal for a make-ahead lunch or a busy weeknight side dish.

Lentil salad with red wine vinaigrette.

With new years comes resolutions, and so this year you might be trying to eat more vegetables, and salads will become your best friend. If you only picture a bowl of green leaves when you think of a salad, then I’m happy to share with you my Lentil Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette. Packed with hearty vegetables and protein, this salad is both tasty and filling!

Ingredients

Lentil Salad ingredients
  • Lentils: I usually use brown or green lentils, but use whatever color you have! They’re a great source of protein.
  • Carrot: Crunchy, sweet, and full of fiber.
  • Celery: Also adds some crunch to the salad, but
  • Cherry tomatoes: Rich in antioxidants, they’re bite-sized, juicy and sweet.
  • Red onion: Adds great color to the salad, as well as a balance of flavor with it being a bit more peppery or spicy in taste.
  • Parsley: Fresh and earthy flavor to top off the salad.
  • Olive oil: Acts as the base of the vinaigrette.
  • Red wine vinegar: A bit sour and acidic, it makes for a great balancing dressing to some of the sweeter ingredients of the salad.
  • Mustard: I like to use a whole grain mustard, but a Dijon mustard or brown mustard would work as well.
  • Honey: A little bit of sweetness to balance the acidity of the vinaigrette.
  • Garlic: A bit nutty, aromatic, and sometimes spicy taste for the dressing.

How to Make Lentil Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Adding Water to Lentils

Start your lentil salad by cooking your lentils according to package instructions, then drain and set aside.

Chopping fresh parsley

While lentils are cooking, dice your vegetables and mince your onion, parsley, or other fresh herbs.

Stirring lentil salad

Then toss the veggies in a large bowl with the cooked lentils and set aside.

Whisking red wine vinaigrette

In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, mustard, and some salt and black pepper. Drizzle over the salad once combined.

Spoonful of lentil salad with red wine vinaigrette.

Toss well to evenly coat and enjoy your lentil salad with red wine vinaigrette!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you eat cold lentils?

Cold lentils are great, as long as they’re cooked first.

Are lentils healthier than beans?

Both are great plant-based sources of protein, but lentils are easier to digest and lower in carbs.

Which color lentils are the healthiest?

Black lentils are considered the healthiest, but all colors are a great source of protein and nutrients.

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Lentil Salad with red wine vinaigrette

Lentil Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

This flavorful lentil salad is filled with veggies and protein-packed, ideal for a make-ahead lunch or a busy weeknight side dish.
PREP: 10 minutes
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Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • 1 medium carrot (peeled and diced)
  • 2 stalks celery (diced)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • ½ cup minced red onion
  • ½ cup minced parsley

Red Wine Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Place all of the lentil salad ingredients in a large bowl (cooked lentils through minced parsley); set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the red wine vinaigrette then drizzle over the lentil salad. Toss well to coat then check for seasoning. Adjust accordingly before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 223kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 10gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 80mgPotassium: 631mgFiber: 10gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 3462IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 4mg

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