This lentil salad is very simple and yet very tasty. It is perfect for picnics and summer gatherings. If you grow fresh herbs and tomatoes, it will come out even better. It is appropriate for vegan, gluten-free, and generally healthy eating.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Peel outer skins from garlic bulbs and cut about 1/4 inch from the top of each bulb to expose cloves; place each bulb onto a piece of aluminum foil, drizzle each with about 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, and wrap garlic bulbs in the foil. Place wrapped bulbs into a baking dish.

  • Bake garlic in the preheated oven until soft, about 30 minutes. Let bulbs cool.

  • Place lentils into a 5-quart pot and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until lentils are tender but not mushy, about 15 minutes; stir occasionally. Drain lentils in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse with cold water to cool; drain again.

  • Break garlic bulbs apart and squeeze cloves to release cooked garlic. Place garlic into a large salad bowl and add grape tomatoes, parsley, and green onions. Whisk balsamic vinegar with 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl. Fold lentils into tomato mixture and pour dressing over salad; gently toss to coat. Keep refrigerated until serving time.

Nutrition Facts

183 calories; protein 9.8g 20% DV; carbohydrates 25.7g 8% DV; fat 5.5g 8% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 28.2mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2014
I tried this on a whim when the hubster wasn't home. It was great! Very satisfying; very easy. I added some feta cheese just because I had some and it blended in well. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/22/2015
Not bad but not worth repeating Read More
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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 9
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  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2014
I tried this on a whim when the hubster wasn't home. It was great! Very satisfying; very easy. I added some feta cheese just because I had some and it blended in well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2016
I was looking for a salad to serve at a Christmas party for guests who needed gluten-free food and decided to give this recipe a try. This salad was a huge hit! It was the perfect blend of red and green to appear festive and I added feta cheese as someone else suggested and it was the perfect touch! Even my daughter who had never heard of lentils before raved about it. I did have to exclude the garlic because that is a migraine trigger for me but it had plenty of flavor regardless. I will definitely be making this again and not just during the holidays!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2017
I like a sharper garlic bite so in addition to the roasted garlic I added three minced cloves to the salad and it came out fantastic! Definitely will make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2018
Followed directions exactly and loved the combination of flavors. Excellent as a side or a vegan main dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2018
I make a variety of lentil salad.The roasted garlic was what made this one stand out! Followed as is except that my lentils took 20 minutes to cook. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2015
You will really enjoy this salad. try it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2016
This recipe is going into my monthly rotation. It's delicious! I made no changes to the recipe. I was afraid it would be too garlicky but it's not. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2015
My husband and I both loved this! Made it for lunch for the week. Added cucumbers and feta. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/17/2016
I had never made lentils before and I think the recipe is great but I realized I just don't like lentils. My husband who hates them actually liked them this way so it's definitely a great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/22/2015
Not bad but not worth repeating Read More
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