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Crunchy Lentil Walnut Salad


this is a copycat of the fabulous lentil walnut salad from the kebab shop in california. you want to make sure not to overcook the lentils...they should have a little bite to stand up to the crunchiness of the walnuts. unlimited modifications could be made with additions, subtractions and/or tweaks... pine nuts instead of walnuts, add goat cheese or feta, add crunchy carrots too? enjoy!

Time: 40 minutes


  • rinse the lentils and put them in a saucepan with plenty of lightly salted water and the bay leaf
  • bring to a boil , decrease the heat to a simmer , and cook for about 20 - 25 minutes , until the lentils are tender but still have a good crunch / bite to them
  • be careful to not overcook them
  • while the lentils are cooking , make the dressing
  • mix the vinegar , mustard , oil , garlic , salt and pepper to taste
  • adjust the dressing as you like to your taste preferences
  • drain the lentils well and mix them into the dressing while still warm , stirring to cook the lentils
  • remove the bay leaf and let cool to room temperature , stirring occasionally
  • add in the walnuts and green onion
  • taste , and add additional salt , if desired
  • i serve the salad at room temperature or warm
  • the salad can be made up to 2 days ahead and refrigerated
  • let it come to room temperature before serving
  • it may need to be re-seasoned once refrigerated

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Number Of Ingredients: 9


  1. lentils
  2. bay leaf
  3. salt
  4. walnuts
  5. green onions
  6. rice wine vinegar
  7. dijon mustard
  8. garlic clove
  9. salt and pepper


It was a classic case of too much month left at the end of my money and I was in a pinch for what to serve for dinner. These are all things we had on hand and the assembly was super quick (I like that!) and the family loved it (I like that even better!) If you've not sprouted lentils before, it couldn't be easier, but it does take a 2-3 day lead time. See Sharon123's recipe #204489 for instructions and tips. Thanks again Sharon for the inspiration to sprout!

Recipe From

Provided by Glori-B

Time 20m

Yield 6-8 serving(s)


  • Place sprouted lentils in large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, chop walnuts very small, but do not reduce to a powder. If chopping by hand, you want the walnut pieces to be similar in size to the lentils. Put walnuts in with lentils.
  • In a food processor, chop the carrots. If processing by hand, you can also shred on a box grater. Put carrots in with lentils and walnuts.
  • Next comes the spinach. Either pulse in food processor or mince with a knife. Put in with carrots, lentils and walnuts. Mix to combine thoroughly.
  • For the dressing, shake all the dressing ingredients in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid until thoroughly mixed or use the bowl and whisk method. (if using the mayo, the bowl and whisk is much better suited).
  • Drizzle the dressing over the salad ingredients and combine until thoroughly mixed. We wanted just a little dressing to give a "pop" of flavor. If you like more dressing on your salads, feel free to double the dressing amount. (When we make this with the mayo, we then use this as a sandwich filling).

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Number Of Ingredients: 12


  • 2 cups sprouted lentils
  • 2 cups walnuts (organic and raw for maximum nutrition)
  • 2 large carrots
  • 3 cups Baby Spinach, packed (or kale or a combo of the two)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (OR for variation, 1/2 c mayo)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey


This is a healthy, nutty lentil salad with great flavor and an appealing crunch from the walnuts and green onions. Keep it vegetarian by using vegetable broth if you wish. It's one of my favorites, and tastes best at room temperature.

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Provided by EdsGirlAngie

Time 45m

Yield 4 serving(s)


  • Cook lentils with onion half, cloves, broth and thyme until tender but NOT mushy (check after about 25 minutes).
  • In a large bowl, combine vinegar, garlic, green onions and oils.
  • When lentils are done, drain and immediately pour dressing over the hot lentils (it's important to do this while lentils are hot).
  • Season with salt and (lots) of black pepper; combine thoroughly, then cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Just before serving add the walnuts; finish by adding a little more white wine vinegar or walnut oil if you like and garnish with flat-leaf parsley and more black pepper.

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Number Of Ingredients: 12


  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • 1/2 large onion, quartered
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup green onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup walnut halves


This dish is inspired by a recipe from "The Paris Cookbook," by Patricia Wells. I'd never thought about using walnut oil, which is high in omega-3 fats, with lentils. It's a great combination. Be sure to keep walnut oil in the refrigerator once it's opened.

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Provided by Martha Rose Shulman

Time 1h

Yield Serves six


  • Combine the lentils, garlic, bay leaf, onion, carrot and water in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Add salt to taste (1 to 2 teaspoons), reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer 35 to 45 minutes until the lentils are tender. Remove from the heat. and discard the onion, carrot, garlic cloves and bay leaf. Drain through a strainer set over a bowl.
  • Whisk together the vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and shallot or garlic. Whisk in the oil and 2 to 4 tablespoons of the liquid from the lentils. Stir into the lentils. Add the parsley and pepper, and taste and adjust salt. Spoon onto plates, arrange walnuts on top of the lentils, and serve.

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Number Of Ingredients: 17


  • 2 cups green Le Puy lentils, washed and picked over
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium onion, cut in half
  • 1 medium carrot, quartered
  • 6 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup broken walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt
  • 1 shallot, minced, or 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup walnut oil
  • Salt
  • freshly ground pepper


"This salad is crunchy, sweet, tart and so tasty! I make it at least twice a week." Apples, nuts and dried cherries give it special appeal. Barbara Discenza - Auburn, GA

Recipe From

Provided by Taste of Home

Time 15m

Yield 5 servings.


  • In a large salad bowl, combine the romaine, apple, walnuts and cherries. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Sprinkle with cheese.

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Number Of Ingredients: 6


  • 4 cups torn romaine
  • 2/3 cup chopped tart apple
  • 2/3 cup walnut halves
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup prepared raspberry vinaigrette
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese


An unusual combination of ingredients gives this salad its flavor. Sweet-tart cranberries are mixed with a tang of feta cheese to make it surprisingly tasty. -Alison Halasz, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Recipe From

Provided by Taste of Home

Time 30m

Yield 4 servings.


  • In a small saucepan, combine the lentils, water and bay leaves; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until lentils are tender. Drain and discard bay leaves. Rinse lentils in cold water. , In a large bowl, combine the lentils, cranberries, walnuts, feta cheese and parsley. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper. Pour over lentil mixture; toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving.

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Number Of Ingredients: 12


  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

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