Lentil salads are so much fun! We have a bit of an unusual twist to our vegan lentil salad lineup and you are going to fall in love with it! Yes, Tropical Lentil Salad. This recipe for lentil salad has a great lentil salad dressing made with lime juice and ginger. While this lentil salad recipe sounds unusual you will love it! It is a great lentil recipe for a toddler. What toddler doesn’t love pineapple? The more we use lentils the more we fall in love with how versatile they are!
You can find lentil salad recipes everywhere these days on the Food Network, on Pinterest and right here! We have been slowly building our lentil salad recipe collection. We have created some great lentil salads. Some of our favorites are lentil salad with roasted vegetables and lentil salad with salmon. We also love our southwest lentil salad recipe with avocado. Right now we are working on lentils salad recipes with feta and goat cheese, we can’t wait to share those with you later this summer.
Summer seems like the perfect time to try new refreshing salad recipes so we are continuing to roll out some of our favorites for your enjoyment. What is your favorite new recipe of the Summer? Let us know in the comments! Our healthy lentil salad recipe is different and completely refreshing. This is also a dairy-free lentil recipe. The pineapple and lime really carry the flavors of this salad and the ginger packs some zing.
This tropical lentil salad recipe is one of the easiest lentil salads to put together. Our lentil salad recipe only calls for ½ cup of these delicious lentils and we also prefer dried lentils to canned. Canned lentils have a very different texture than dried when cooked. It does not sound like much and you may be wondering, how this salad can possibly serve 2-3 people because it just doesn’t seem there is enough volume. No worries, these little powerhouse lentils will expand once cooked, and you will have the stated servings. As always, you can prepare your lentils in advance. Lentils have a cooking time of about 30 minutes, Another great thing about lentils is unlike their other legume counterparts, lentils don’t require soaking before cooking. Cooking for one? You can make this early in the week and enjoy the leftovers all week long! Our tropical lentil salad is quite delicious when paired with grilled salmon, but don’t let your imagination stop there because the possibilities are endless!
Lentils are thought to be rich sources of folate, a B vitamin that is active in the reduction of homo-cysteines in the blood which, may be contributing to 10-15% of all heart disease. In addition, lentils are considered a dietary source of fiber and are thought to decrease blood glucose – this is huge with the rise in diabetes. These little lentils are powerful antioxidant sources we all can benefit from and we are sharing just a few of the major benefits you get from eating lentils. Here is our easy lentil salad recipe with a fresh twist. By the way, this healthy lentil salad recipe is not just for summer - any time of the year is good. Enjoy!
Tropical Lentil Salad
½ cup Palouse Brand dry Brown Lentils
3 cups water
1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
½ cup cilantro, finely chopped
¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
½ cup tomatoes, without seeds, diced
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
2 tbsp. peanut oil
½ tsp. grated lime zest
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ tsp. salt, to taste
Bring water to a boil and add lentils, reduce heat to a slow boil until lentils are cooked tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl.
In the serving bowl, add pineapple, cilantro, red onion, and tomatoes.
Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl and stir well, pour dressing over ingredients in the serving bowl and stir well.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.