Beet and Carrot Lentil Salad


I created this healthy recipe from scratch a few years ago, and it has always been a hit at parties. Now I am happy to share it and I hope you will enjoy it too! Garnish with cilantro sprigs and lemon wedges to serve.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
8 servings


  • 1 cup water, or as needed

  • 3 small beets, greens removed

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 cup French lentils

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 5 vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped

  • 4 carrots, shredded

  • ½ bunch fresh cilantro, finely chopped

  • 5 green onions, chopped

  • 3 lemons, zested and juiced


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Pour enough water into a baking dish to cover bottom with about 1/2 inch of water; add beets.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until beets are tender when poked with a fork, about 45 minutes. Transfer beets to bowl of cold water until cool enough to handle.

  4. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in saucepan; add lentils and salt. Reduce heat and simmer until lentils are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.

  5. Remove beets from water, pat dry, and slice ends and outer skin off each beet. Roughly chop beets and grate in the food processor.

  6. Mix beets, lentils, tomatoes, carrots, cilantro, green onions, lemon zest, and lemon juice together in a bowl; season with salt.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

136 Calories
1g Fat
29g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 136
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 202mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 12g 44%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 49mg 246%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 712mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.