Black Lentil Salad

Black Lentil Salad

Black Lentil Salad

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When you want something tasty, healthy and filling on a hot summer night, this might be just the one for you. Black lentils are unique because they do not lose their shape or flavor as easily as red and green lentils do. They have a nutty flavor that we love.

This recipe gets even easier when you use an Instant Pot or other pressure cookers to cook the lentils.  They do not require soaking, are ready to chill in about 8 minutes, just enough time to prep your other vegetables.  While the salad is chilling in the refrigerator, you can relax after a long day, or get something done without having to worry about the stove.

Let’s Make Black Lentil Salad

Black Lentil Salad
5 from 1 vote

Black Lentil Salad

This light black lentil whole meal salad is perfect for a hot summer day.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Beluga lentils, black lentils, Lentil Salad
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 38 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 313 kcal
Author Adrienne Boswell


For the Lentils

  • 1 cup black lentils
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable base
  • 2 garlic cloves broken
  • 2 quarts water

For the Salad


  1. Put the lentils, vegetable base, bay leaf and broken up pieces of garlic in the pressure cooker. Cook on high for 8 minutes and use the quick release. Drain the lentils and put them in the refrigerator.
    Mise en place
  2. Chop the onion and put it and the rest of the ingredients in the refrigerator with the cool, about an hour and a half or so.
  3. Combine the lentils, pimentos, corn, olives, red onion and toss with the salad dressing. Taste it and adjust the seasonings to what you like.
  4. Black Lentil Salad

Recipe Notes

This is a perfect salad to add other leftover vegetables or other small vegetables.



Girard's Champagne DressingThis is our favorite dressing, and for good reason. It is a light dressing made with champagne and white wine vinegar. It complements food and doesn’t overpower the flavor.


Black Lentil Salad

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About arbpen

As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

One Response to Black Lentil Salad

  1. arbpen says:

    Squeeze a little lemon on for extra flavor

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