Cook's Hideout: Lentil Salad with Cranberries & Walnuts

December 24, 2011

Lentil Salad with Cranberries & Walnuts

After hogging on these yummy cookies, I think it's time for something healthy, yet festive and delicious. This brown lentil salad is very easy to make and will make a great item for a holiday menu or even for potlucks. You can adapt the recipe and add nuts or cheese (feta would be excellent) to make it even more holiday worthy.

The recipe is slightly sweet and tart with the agave & dried cranberries and crunchy with the toasted walnuts. Dish can be served at room temperature or chilled, which is perfect for a make ahead menu.

Here's how I made it:
Brown Lentils - 1cup
Walnuts - ½cup
Dried Cranberries - ½cup

For the Dressing:
Oil - 3tbsp (use a mild or non-tasting oil like vegetable or canola or grapeseed)
Lemon juice - 3tsp
Agave Nectar - 2tsp (Use honey for a non-vegan version)
Parsley (or Cilantro) - 1tbsp, finely chopped
Salt & Pepper - to taste

  • Cook lentils in 4 cups of water as per package instructions (bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the lentils are tender). Take care not to make them mushy. Drain the excess water and set the lentils aside to cool slightly.
  • Make the dressing: Whisk all the ingredients for dressing in a small bowl. 
  • Pour dressing on the lentils along with walnuts and cranberries. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Lets see what my fellow marathoners have cooked up for Day 2 of BM# 11.


  1. very healthy and new combo for salad..nice recipe

  2. healthy salad,....very nice combo....wishing u n ur family merry christmas !

  3. never eaten brown lentil salad... interesting :)

  4. Healthy salad.Lovely pic too

  5. lentils and cranberries..2 of my favorite ingredients...never ate them together before

  6. hii.. Nice Post

    Thanks for sharing

  7. Healthy salad,never had this combo and a wonderful click.

  8. Wat a healthy salad, quite a new combo for me.


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