Cranberry Lentil and Quinoa Salad


A healthy, protein-packed lentil quinoa salad.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs



  • 1 cup dried lentils

  • 2 bay leaves, divided (Optional)

  • water to cover

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup quinoa


  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted

  • ½ cup dried cranberries, or to taste

  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 1 small green onion, finely chopped


  1. Place lentils and 1 bay leaf in a saucepan with enough water to cover; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes; drain and discard bay leaf. Rinse lentils with cold water until cool, then transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Bring 2 cups water, quinoa, and remaining bay leaf to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse quinoa with cold water until cool, discarding bay leaf. Stir quinoa into lentils.

  3. Heat lemon juice in a microwave-safe bowl in a microwave until warm, about 30 seconds. Stir honey into juice until dissolved. Add vinegar and salt; whisk in olive oil and season with black pepper. Pour lemon juice mixture into lentils and quinoa.

  4. Mix walnuts, cranberries, feta cheese, and green onion into lentil and quinoa salad. Toss to coat. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

205 Calories
9g Fat
25g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 205
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 123mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 7g 23%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 266mg 6%

* 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.

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