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Black Lentil Salad

This black lentil salad features aromatic fresh herbs and nutty seeds and is super easy to put together and extremely packable to take to your next picnic or pot luck.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Australian, Middle Eastern
Keyword: Intermediate
Servings: 6 as a side
Calories: 396kcal


For the salad…

  • 2 cups black lentils1 (dried)
  • 2 cups parsley (chopped)
  • 1 cup mint (chopped)
  • 1 cup coriander (cilantro) (chopped)
  • 3 spring onions (sliced)
  • 4 tbsps sesame seeds (toasted)
  • 1 tablespoon Nigella seeds2
  • 4 tbsps pistachios (crushed)

For the vinaigrette…

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsps lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds toasted
  • ¼ teaspoon chilli flakes (or more if you like it spicy)

For the garnish…

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds toasted
  • 2 tbsps pistachios crushed


  • Place your cleaned and sorted black lentils in a saucepan, cover with 4-5 cups cold water and 2 pinches of salt and simmer until tender (approximately 25-30 minutes). Remove to a colander when done and rinse with cold water, transfer to a mixing bowl.
  • Toast your seeds in a hot oven until golden brown (approximately 10-15 minutes).
  • Wash all your herbs, shake, pat dry and then chop.
  • Wash and trim your green onion and slice thinly.
  • Add all the vinaigrette ingredients in a glass jar and shake until emulsified.
  • Place all the salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl, pour over the vinaigrette and stir until well combined.
  • Arrange the salad in a salad bowl and scatter with the sesame seeds, pistachios and serve immediately.


  1. You should be able to find black lentils in large supermarkets in the aisle with the other beans and legumes. Alternatively, try a Middle Eastern speciality store.
    They can be substituted with Green lentils. Green lentils take longer to cook, (up to 40-60 minutes in total) and require a lot more water to cook (detailed instructions are in the post on how to cook the lentils).
  2. Nigella seeds can be found in Middle Eastern food shops or specialty spice shops.They can be substitued with black sesame or poppy seeds. 


Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2299IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 9mg