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Lentil Salad

Lentils are highly nutrient-dense legumes that we make often in our kitchen. These little jewels have a delicate and earthy flavor and are great for adding protein and fiber to any meal. Lentils are easy to prepare, affordable and quite versatile—add lentils into a salad, a soup, or as a side dish. Lentils are full of important vitamins and minerals like folate, iron, potassium and manganese. They also contain beneficial plant chemicals known as polyphenols (antioxidants).

There are many different types of lentils available—green, brown, red, black, orange and yellow! Choose whichever variety you like, or have on hand. Lentils can also be found canned or dried, like most legumes. Store dried lentils in an airtight container kept in a cool, dry place.


  • 1 large Golden Beet, 1/2″ dice

  • 1 large Carrot, 1/2″ dice

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil + more for finishing

  • 1 Yellow Onion, sliced

  • 2″ finger Ginger, peeled and minced

  • 1 tsp Cumin Seed, whole

  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste

  • 1 cup French Lentils

  • 1 cup Broth, Stock, or Water, more if needed

  • To taste Salt and Pepper

  • 3 cups Baby Spinach

  • 1 cup Tomatoes, chopped

  • 1/2 Lemon, juiced or 1-2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

  • 4 slices Bacon, cooked and chopped (optional)

  • 3 Sausages of choice, cooked  and chopped (optional)


  • Chef’s knife

  • Stock Pot


  1. Warm a stock pot over medium high heat and coat with olive oil.

  2. Add the onions and ginger and reduce the heat to medium. Cook, stirring, until onions are translucent and are starting to brown. Mix in the cumin seeds, stir, then add the tomato paste. Stir to incorporate. Add the lentils and broth and simmer for 5 minutes.

  3. Add the beets and carrots, and more liquid if needed (to achieve a brothy stew consistency.) Simmer, covered, over low heat for 25 minutes or until both lentils and vegetables are tender.

  4. Stir in the spinach and tomatoes, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

  5. Add the lemon juice or vinegar, and a drizzle of olive oil.

  6. Stir, taste, and adjust seasoning if desired.

  7. Add in the bacon and sausage if using.