take me to the Med! Lentil Salad / Side / Dip

This curried lentil salad is so versatile and so very FRESH tasting it will take your taste buds on vacation.

The curry is oh so mild acting more like a cheerleader to all the other ingredients rather than the main player.

This salad can be made with the farro & lentil rice substitute in a previous post OR to make it gluten-free it’s base can be just the lentils. These options are equally excellent.

The sweet with the earthy, the zesty with the nutty; this lentil salad is a whole chorus of flavour!

Let’s go on a trip shall we?

what you need

  • metal fine strainer
  • planer or zester for the lime peel (a fork is also an option)
  • sharp knife
  • cutting board


  • Farro / lentil base (see link above) OR 2 cups dry green lentils
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced fine
  • 1/3 cup red pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 3/4 cup dry cranberries
  • 1 diced green apple or firm mango, diced
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds, plain either lightly toasted or not
  • 2 limes, zest and juice
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp real maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp each the 3 c’s: curry, cinnamon, cumin
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp evoo (extra virgin olive oil)

this is how we do it

  • Rinse the green lentils and cook in enough water so theres 2” above the lentils for 18 min, drain
  • While lentils cook combine the lime, vinegar, honey and spices til well blended in a medium size bowl
  • Add in the remaining ingredients mix gently
  • Add in the lentils and mix gently

Let sit refrigerated for at least 2 hours.

inspired by theeastcoastkitchen.com

This lentil salad can be used as a side, a dip with tortillas or pitas or as a wickedly good lunch with any leftover protein mixed in.

I keep this recipe close when I travel. It’s always welcomed warmly by friends and highly customizable.

Change the sunflower seeds to almond slices or Pepitas.

Change the apple to a mango or pear.

Any vinegar will work.

Any dried berries will work.

Substitute fresh parsley for the cilantro or mint.

And now I have FINALLY added this gem online and will no longer need to carry the recipe as a reminder to keep this in my rotation of eating!

Note: best enjoyed with good friends outdoors❤️

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