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Lentils are simmered with aromatics until tender and flavorful, then tossed with toasted almonds, shredded red cabbage, fresh herbs, and a lively lemon dressing in this make-ahead salad.

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Salad Recipes

Number Of Ingredients 11

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 red onion, finely diced
1 carrot, finely diced
1 stalk celery, finely diced
1 cup French green lentils, rinsed
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
1/2 cup toasted almonds, roughly chopped (optional)
1 cup shredded red cabbage
1 cup torn fresh herbs, such as flat-leaf parsley, tarragon, basil, and/or mint


  • In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium. Add onion, carrot, and celery, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 6 minutes. Add lentils and cover with 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until lentils are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and season with salt and pepper. Let cool.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining oil, lemon juice, and red-pepper flakes. Season with salt. Add lentils, almonds (if using), cabbage, and herbs and toss to combine. Lentil salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Bohlale Moepya
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I love the addition of the feta cheese to this salad.

Charitynelma Moe Auvaa
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This salad is a great way to use up leftover lentils.

jani malik
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I would recommend this salad to anyone looking for a healthy and delicious meal.

Aymen Sheikh
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This salad is a great value. It's inexpensive to make and it's packed with nutrients.

Rajab Ali
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I followed the recipe exactly, but my salad turned out mushy.

Waqas Saqi arain
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This salad is a bit too bland for my taste.

Zaniii Gondal
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I'm not a huge fan of the dressing, but the salad is still delicious.

Sadi King
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This salad is a great way to get your daily dose of vegetables. It's packed with lentils, carrots, celery, and onions.

Muzammal Mukhtar
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I love the versatility of this salad. I've added different vegetables and cheeses to it, and it's always delicious.

Sindiswa Mhlongo
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This salad is a great make-ahead meal. I made it the night before a work meeting and it was perfect to grab and go in the morning.

Khem Grg
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I'm always looking for new ways to cook lentils, and this salad is a great option. It's flavorful and satisfying.

Murangi Maluma
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This salad is perfect for a summer picnic or potluck. It's easy to transport and it's always a crowd-pleaser.

Kayden Reign
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I love the addition of the feta cheese to this salad. It adds a nice salty flavor.

Steffen R.
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This salad is a great healthy option. It's packed with protein and fiber, and it's low in calories.

Chantel Maartens
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I'm not a huge fan of lentils, but this salad is delicious! The dressing is flavorful and the lentils are cooked perfectly.

md anikul
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This salad is a great way to use up leftover lentils. I always have a bag of lentils in my pantry and this is a great way to use them up.

Itz rema boy
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I love this salad! It's so easy to make and it's always a hit with my friends and family.

Md Rafiqul Islam
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This lentil salad is a great make-ahead meal! I made it the night before a picnic and it was even better the next day. The flavors had time to meld and the lentils were perfectly tender.