Whole lentil salad

Tangy yummy, crunchy, proteins, iron and folate rich salad.

I love eating salads and trying out new salads is always on my mind. I can literally have salad not as a side dish but as main course…. 😋

Masoor dal ( whole red lentil) is considered an important part of diet for vegetarians in India. It’s always cooked in The form of curry and served with rice and roti.

I still remember trying out masoor dal just few years back when my sister in law made it for lunch one day. Trust me I was really skeptical in trying it as it was the first time anyone had made it at my place. But just the first bite of it made me fall in love with it. Ever since that day I have tried using it in many different recipes… like a burger patty, lentil bolognese, masoor khichadi and now a salad.

Trust me this salad is wholesome and yummy… I just had a bowl of this salad for lunch today and I didn’t have any cravings for carbs at all….

Well not to forget the Nutrition part, masoor dal ( whole red lentil ) contains high levels of proteins including essential amino acids isoleucine and lysine. It also contains fiber which helps in lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels, folate, vitamin B 1, minerals and flavones ( class of antioxidant with antioxidant properties).

You can definitely enjoy this tangy salad as a wholesome meal for lunch or dinner if trying to loose those extra pounds or as mid morning or mid evening snack to satisfy those in between hunger pangs by eating something healthy


Whole lentil salad

Prep time 15 mins

Cooking time 10 mins

Yields 2servings


1/2 cup whole Masoor dal

Salt to taste

1/2 cup deseeded and chopped cucumber

1/2 cup chopped carrot

1/4 cup deseeded and chopped tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped onion

To Be Mixed Into A Dressing

1/2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp of lemon juice

1/2 tsp finely chopped green chillies

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

Salt to taste


  1. Clean, wash and soak the whole masoor in a deep bowl in enough water overnight. Drain well.
  2. Combine the whole soaked masoor, salt and ½ cup of water in a deep non-stick pan and mix well. Cover with a lid and cook on a medium flame for 8 minutes or till all the water has been evaporated, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside to cool completely.
  3. Once cooled, transfer the cooked whole masoor into a deep bowl, add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Finally, pour the prepared dressing over it and toss gently.
  5. Serve immediately.

Nutrient value per serving

Calories 198 kcal

Protein. 11.1 gm

Carbohydrate. 28.9 gm

Fat. 4.2 gm

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