This is the best curried lentil salad with kale, carrots, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, mint and a harissa-garlic dressing. It's vegan, gluten-free and full of plant-based protein!
Today's salad is a satisfying and fully loaded plant-based feast that will leave you feeling great.
While I love a light and crunchy veggie salad like my Best Ever Massaged Kale Salad, sometimes you just need a stick-to-your-ribs salad. And that's when this curried lentil salad comes into play.
It's jam-packed with good-for-you protein, fresh vegetables and a dressing you'll want to make on repeat.
How to Make Lentil Salad with Curry Dressing
To make this salad, you'll need to first cook the lentils. I like to let them cool before I add the fresh vegetables. But it also works to make the salad slightly warm.
For crunch and color, add fresh kale, cucumbers, carrots and pumpkin seeds to the cooked lentils.
Other mix-ins that work in this salad include:
- Sunflower seeds, cashews or chopped almonds
- Diced bell pepper
- Diced tomato
This is a pretty forgiving salad, so have fun using whatever is in your fridge. It's going to taste great with the curry dressing and satisfy thanks to the lentils.
Curry-Harissa Salad Dressing
This salad dressing is everything. You'll want to make extra to drizzle on other salads, like this Cucumber Quinoa Salad with Avocado to punch up the flavor. It's spicy, savory and just a bit sweet.
If you're not vegan or don't have maple syrup, you can swap it for honey. To keep this salad totally sugar-free, you can also omit it, but I think it adds a very subtle and delicious sweetness.
You can also swap the red wine vinegar for apple cider or white wine vinegar if that's what you have on hand.
What is Harissa?
Harissa is a North African pepper blend. You can find it dried or as a paste. It's pretty easy to find at Whole Foods and other well-stocked grocery stores. It's not too spicy, but if you're sensitive to spice, give it a taste first.
What Kind of Lentils is Best for Salad?
You can use any lentil variety you like best to make this salad. However, I recommend a hardier lentil such as brown, green or French (le puy).
Red and yellow lentils tend to be softer and don't hold their shape as well when they're cooked. You'll end up with a mushier dish, rather than a crunchy salad.
Make-Ahead Lentil Salad
Go ahead and prep a big batch of lentils This salad is a perfect make-ahead dish for parties. You can store it in the fridge for up to four days. Dress the salad just before serving.
More High-Protein Salad Recipes
- Strawberry Spinach Salad with Toasted Quinoa
- The Best Greek Chickpea Salad
- 10-Minute Spicy Moroccan Quinoa Salad
- Vegan Cobb Salad
If you make this healthy Curried Lentil Salad, be sure to let me know what you think with a rating & review below!
Curried Lentil Salad
for the salad:
- Add all the salad ingredients to a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Once combined, pour it over the salad and toss it all together.
- Serve immediately or store in the fridge for 3 - 4 days.