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Vegan Lentil Salad with Balsamic Dressing

This Vegan Lentil Salad with Balsamic Dressing is a refreshing and nutrient-dense lunch option. Packed with protein-rich lentils, crisp vegetables, and a tangy dressing, this salad provides a satisfying and wholesome meal that supports digestion, heart health, and overall vitality.

Vegan Lentil Salad with Balsamic Dressing on table

Health Benefits

Lentils are a fantastic source of plant-based protein, fiber, and folate, promoting satiety, healthy digestion, and red blood cell production. The combination of vegetables offers a wide array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, supporting immune function and reducing inflammation in the body.

INGREDIENTS

• 1 cup cooked green or brown lentils
• 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
• 1/2 cup diced cucumber
• 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
• 1/4 cup diced red onion
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
• 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 clove of garlic, minced
• Salt and pepper to taste

HOW TO MAKE IT

1) In a large bowl, combine the cooked lentils, cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, diced red bell pepper, diced red onion, chopped parsley, and chopped basil.

2) In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.

3) Pour the dressing over the lentil mixture and toss gently to combine, ensuring all the ingredients are coated.

4) Let the salad sit for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

5) Serve the Vegan Lentil Salad with Balsamic Dressing as a light and nutritious lunch option, either on its own or as a side dish.

Bon appétit!

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