March 30, 2014

Black Bean Lentil Salad with Cumin-Lime Dressing


This is my kind of meal! Hearty black beans and lentils mixed with cilantro, veggies, and a flavorful cumin-lime dressing. As soon as I saw the recipe on Kalyn's Kitchen, I knew it'd be a huge success so I just had to try my own version. I've made numerous recipes from Kalyn's site and have never been disappointed. This salad was certainly no exception - it became an instant favorite! It's so simple to make, and is a perfect cold lunch to bring along for work or picnics, gatherings, and BBQ's. Thanks Kalyn!


Vegan, gluten-free
Adapted from Kalyn's Kitchen

Ingredients
1 cup dry lentils (green or brown)
15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 red bell pepper
1/2 small red onion
1-2 roma tomatoes
Large bunch cilantro, stems removed
Optional: green onion

{For the dressing}
Juice of 1 lime
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/8 tsp. salt
Optional: chipotle powder, chili powder, pepper, hot sauce, other seasonings, etc.

Directions
Cook lentils according to package directions, leaving firm not mushy. Drain.
While lentils are cooking, make the dressing: place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
Finely dice the bell pepper, onion, and tomatoes. Roughly chop the cilantro.
In a large bowl, place the black beans, bell pepper, onion, tomatoes, and lentils. Add the dressing and toss to combine. Add cilantro, and lightly toss.
Serve immediately or chill covered in the fridge for at least an hour to let the flavors combine.

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If you dig the black bean/lentil combo, try these delicious Black Bean Lentil Tacos too!


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24 comments:

  1. Your salad looks fantastic, so glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Hi Kalyn! Yes!! Loved it :D Thanks so much for the idea - your recipes never fail us! :)

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  2. Oh this is my kind of salad! something hardy, fresh, and delicious!

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  3. I love the look of this salad! Adding the grains/legumes is totally the way to go for salads that function as a meal. Add in cumin and lime? I'm sold!

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    1. Thanks so much Sharon! Isn't cumin + lime just a magical combination? :)

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  4. I made this for our dinner today. It was great on a bed of chopped Romaine along with a papadam. Thanks for the recipe!! Nom nom nom.

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    1. Oh that sounds fantastic! I've never tried it with romaine before - thanks for the great idea! So glad you enjoyed it!!

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  5. So happy I found your blog! You seem to be a lover of salads too! I am sharing this lovely recipe on my Facebook page later today. :)

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    1. Hi again Melissa! Thanks for your sweet comment and for sharing the recipe. Definitely a lover of salads, can't get enough! You have tons of awesome ones on your site as well - yum!!! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. This is sitting in my fridge right now and I keep getting a spoon out and "taste testing". I am trying to save it for tomorrow, but it's not working.

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    1. Haha - I know exactly what you mean! You want to sneak just one bite, but a couple minutes later you're taking it back out for more. And more... and more ;) Glad you're enjoying it!!

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  7. Now this salad looks awesome! Funny that many people think it's difficult to get enough protein on a vegan diet.

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  8. For men the protein question occurs probably even more than for women. I'll definitely recommend them your blog next time.
    Yees, I've seen you've send us a heart every now and then on instagram, thanks :D

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  9. Could you freeze this salad (without dressing)?

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    1. Hi Yvonne! I've never tried freezing this before, but my guess is it would do pretty well! Please update if you try it!! :)

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  10. About how many servings does this make if you were to make this as a main dish?

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    1. Hi Lauren! I'd estimate about 4-5 servings as a main dish :) Hope you enjoy!

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  11. Oh my heavens, i have found some of the best recipes ever on this site, thank you bunches XOXO

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    1. Aww, thanks so much for your kind words Mary! It truly makes my day to hear people enjoying the site :) Wishing you a lovely weekend!

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  12. How long will it keep in the fridge after adding the dressing?
    I am making it today for a meal tomorrow

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    1. Hi Anna! Sorry for the delay - ours usually keeps for about 3-4 days until we finish it. Hope you enjoyed it last week! :)

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  13. Yes Ma'am! I ate it several different ways. I put sautéed shrimp on top as a cool salad dinner. I even rolled some in a tortilla with shredded roast chicken. I will make again and again. Lasted 3-4 days as you said .
    Thanks again!

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    1. Hi again! Awesome to hear - glad you found it was versatile! I'll have to try it in a wrap next time, what a great idea!! :)

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