Black Lentil Salad

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

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Black Lentil Salad

Black Lentil Salad

This light black lentil whole meal salad is perfect for a hot summer day.
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 38 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 313kcal
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


  • 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
  • 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.
  • Combine the lentils, pimentos, corn, olives, red onion and toss with the salad dressing. Taste it and adjust the seasonings to what you like.
  • Black Lentil Salad


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


Nutrition Facts
Black Lentil Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 313 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 735mg32%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 19g79%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 17g34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Black Lentil Salad

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