Green Lentil Salad (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Green Lentil Salad recipe.  I love cold salads.  They are just so good and easy to make.  This is one that my mother in law came up with.  She said I could share it with all of you.  I have several of her recipes on my blog.  One of them is Red Lentil Soup.


green lentil salad


This is another recipe that is inexpensive to make and very healthy too.  I think one of the flavors that makes this recipe great is the pomegranate molasses.  You can find it at most health food stores and also at Middle Eastern markets.

In fact, the Middle Eastern markets may have better prices.  That is also the case when it comes to buying olive oil.

I have also included an Amazon link for those that do not have either of those options nearby.  A little goes a long way too.  We have had the same bottle for months.

Green Lentil Salad

Green Lentil Salad

Serves 3 servings     adjust servings



    • 1 1/2 cups green lentils
    • 3-4 cups water
    • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
    • 3 green onions chopped
    • 2 cups baby spinach chopped
    • 1/3 cup flat leaf parsley chopped
    • 1/3 cilantro chopped



    1. After you wash/rinse lentils place in a large cooking pot, cover with water and bring to boil.
    2. Once it starts boiling, turn the heat down to simmer and cook until tender/soft (add more water if needed), for about 30 minutes or more.
    3. Drain lentils and set aside to cool. 
    4. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine sliced red onions, parsley, cilantro, spinach, green onions. 
    5. To this mixture add cooked lentils. 
    6. Now prepare the dressing by combining pomegranate molasses, sumac, salt, paprika and extra virgin Olive Oil.  
    7. Mix well, drizzle over lentils and greens mixture and toss them well.
    8. Keep refrigerated for an hour or two before serving.


    Recipe Notes

    I find that this gets better the next day after the flavors have time to marinate. Enjoy!

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    10 thoughts to “Green Lentil Salad (Vegan and Gluten Free)”

    1. I'm just starting to use lentils and I still have very little experience with them, so excuse my ignorance, but is there a big difference in flavor with the different colors (i.e. red, green, etc)? Or are they interchangeable?
    2. Wow! This salad sounds delicious. I haven't had pomegranate molasses in many years, but I remember loving it. I think it's worth looking for it again.
    3. This salad is absolutely, positively delicious!!! I made it the night before last; I didn't even try it, I just kept it in the fridge overnight so the flavors could merry, and I then took it to a family get together last night. Everyone loved it! Even my eight year old daughter ate it. :D Thank you so much! I've tried many of your recipes now & each one has been a success. Keep 'em coming, they are appreciated! :)
      1. Thank you Jennifer! I am so glad it was a hit. This is a favorite of mine as well. :) I have a bit of an obsession with lentils. :)
    4. Thank you so much for your recipes, you are a genius. I wish I could use the molasses, oil, or the Balsamic, but cannot do so for health reasons. Any sugar-free substitutes? Maybe I could use 1 tsp Stevia + 3 Tbsp water and 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar. I think that would be fine. Take care...
      1. You're welcome! I definitely think your stevia/red wine vinegar option would work. Please let me know the results! :)

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