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  1. This is one of my favurite salads ever. I used to work in a cafe that featured this salad and it was my staple lunch, every day, all week.

    I must re-create! Thank you for the recipe it looks delicious

  2. I wish I could pull off some of Olivia’s outfits too! Such a classy lady. I know that if I wore some of those coats, it would look like some weird poncho on me, not sure if it would have the same lovely effect ;)

  3. Kate,

    I just wanted to say a huge thank you. I have just broken up with my long-term boyfriend and feeling pretty negative about life, dreading being on my own each night after work. Then I gave myself a bit of a shake and thought that if I was going to be on my own, the way I should look at it is to treat and love myself the way somebody else would. Part of this was starting to think about healthy eating – before I’d eat the same carby thing every night, having no energy and no get-up-and-go. I came across your blog randomly when searching for a cookie recipe (!) and it has saved me from wallowing and inspired me to look after myself through the way I eat; it’s made me laugh and sympathise and root for you; and it’s given me a new passion, which is cooking healthily. I can’t wait to get home now after work and try your latest recipe, and invite friends over to enjoy them too. Keep the ideas coming, your blog means so much more than you think.

    Laura x

    • Laura, your comment gave me goosebumps. Thank you. I’m so glad you found my little blog and that you are taking good care of yourself. I endured a really tough breakup last year so I can totally relate to how you are feeling now. I hope you and your friends share some laughs over this salad. Big hugs to you!

    • This actually brought tears to my eyes, Laura. Very heartfelt and lovely, and what a tribute to the inspiration of this blog (which is why I read it too). With your spirit and wisdom, you’re going to get through this tough time just fine. You’re an inspiration yourself. You go, girl!

      • Thank you Kate and Marcia. Your replies mean a lot :) Lots more laughs and salads and good things to come, I hope!

  4. I would never have thought to combine lentils and chickpeas, but it totally makes sense – now that you mention it. I might not be able to resist adding the optional feta, though!
    P.S. Cookie looks so adorable in your piccie above … again!

  5. This salad sounds like the perfect spring lunch! I would serve a big scoop over a plate of shredded lettuce or spinach and be super happy. :) I bet it would be excellent for work lunches too.

  6. I got totally hooked on watching Scandal through Netflix a few months ago, but I’m a major wimp and had to stop somewhere in the second season because I started having nightmares, haha. I love any salad with beans, crunchy vegetables, and a lemon dressing! I also love what you said about the attainability of food blogs over fashion and travel blogs, so true! I need this salad soon :)

  7. I don’t watch a whole lot of TV aside from when I’m running at the gym on the treadmill, but that’s probably because my spare time is spent drooling over delicious looking salads like this one! (Louboutins vs a Vitamix and any other fancy kitchen gadgets? Pretty sure I’d always pick the latter!) I’ve been loving radishes lately, and I love how you’ve paired them with such simple, wholesome ingredients here. Can’t wait to give this a try!

  8. Another healthy yet decadent recipe… your pictures of this salad sell it. I have a friend coming to stay this weekend who’s extremely health-conscious and loves lentils, so I’ve just added this to the menu! I love the idea of the lemon vinaigrette. Love the picture of Cookie too. Love all of it! Thanks for the inspiration. P.S. Just added Scandal to my Netflix queue :-)

    • Thank you, Marcia! I hope you both love the salad. I was disappointed by season two (so soap opera-y!) but the cliffhangers at the ends of the episodes kept me coming back for more.

  9. I was watching scandal last night – i may have to pair my next session with this delicious protein rich salad! Thanks again for the awesome recipes! Do you have any with halloumi cheese?

    • Hi Penny! No, I’m sorry, I haven’t tried halloumi cheese yet. I’ve been worried that even if I can find it, others might have a hard time finding it… but I would sure like to try it!

  10. Yes! This is why I love blogging about food too (although I’m starting to consider a DIY/reno blog for real). It’s an easy way to change your life, whether big or small in terms of impact. It’s vital and elemental to our existence, but it’s also so incredibly everyday. Just the best.

    Loving this spring-y simple salad and waving hello from one pyjama-clad blogger to another :) xo

  11. I wasn’t a big fan of this one. A little on the bland side for me. The addition of feta helped things a little bit, but overall I felt it was rather time-intensive for a dish that lacked a lot of flavor. Just my opinion, though! :)

    • Leanne, I’m bummed that you didn’t love the salad. I don’t find the salad bland at all, as long as there are enough radishes in there to keep the texture interesting. More lemon and herbs definitely would have kicked up the flavor a notch.

  12. I own ONE white skirt. I love it in a way that’s probably unhealthy, but it terrifies me every time I put it on. Girl with 27-million napkins in her lap and a bib? That’s me! (PS. I want to cuddle every pic of Cookie you post!)

    • Haha! I bought a pair of white jeans late last summer knowing that I would stain them, but they were on sale for like 8 dollars. Cookie says hi!

  13. I’ve been trying to resist Scandal until all my other shows finish for the season. then, it’s ON. ANd I fully plan on watching it in my PJs with a bowl of this salad for hugging. I mean, eating.

    • The black lentils are pretty great. I stock up on them whenever I find them. Whole Foods and Natural Grocer’s usually have them, I think, but I know not everyone lives near a big health food store.

  14. This looks superb! I love how versatile salads like this are – you can eat them for dinner and leftovers for lunch the next day, hot, cold, etc. Can’t wait to try this – I love lentils!

  15. I would have a huge bowl of this salad, please, thank you! This one is just perfect. I love Beluga lentils, radishes, chickpeas and lemony mustardy dressings. Yum! :-)

  16. Another winner! I can’t wait for lunch tomorrow. I used parsley and mint and I’m planning on adding goat cheese tomorrow and maybe a hard boiled egg on Tuesday.

  17. I need to watch Scandal! I keep forgetting…isn’t that awful? Old age. This is such a beautiful salad. A friend of mine and I were JUST saying yesterday how much we love salads like this. Full of great grains, beans, veggies and topped with a great dressing…they just become a meal you can eat for lunch or dinner. Pinning right now!

    • Oh, trust me, Scandal will just eat up your valuable time. I hope you get a chance to make this salad soon! Hearty salads are my favorite meal.

  18. This was so good! I didn’t have garbanzos so I used red beans and a handful of herbs I had on hand… delicious!

  19. I watch very little TV, mostly rented movies with my husband or occasionally a series on DVD. I feel like I’m totally out of the loop with many shows at the moment. All those people talking about Downton Abbey? What is that??! I have no idea about Scandal either… is it worth watching? As for this gorgeous salad, oh man. On my to-make list for this week, it’s beautiful! x

    • I really don’t watch much tv, either, but I can tell you that Downton Abbey is a much better show than Scandal! Both get more soap opera-y as the seasons go on. Hope you get a chance to try this salad soon!

  20. Hi again! Thanks so much for this one! I made it for my husband and I and we loved it so much we made it for a recent housewarming and everyone went wild. The second time I made it I had a guest who is allergic to legumes, so I used cous cous, and arugula instead of the lentils and chickpeas. I was initially thinking I would use barley but the store was out at the time. It came out delicious, despite my pretty big changes. I made 1.5x the amount of dressing to prevent the cous cous from getting sticky. Sent this one to a few guests who had requested a copy! Thanks!

  21. I’m at work right now eating this delicious salad! I took your advice and got the ready to go lentils from TJ’s and was able to put this together this morning in about 10 minutes. I didn’t measure the herbs, I just added the entire packet from the grocery so it might have been more than called for, but its not overpowering. Mint really makes the salad, its sooooo good! Thank you for all your delicious, wholesome recipes – I especially love all the salads. I’m hoping to welcome the start of summer by trying out some of those amazing drink recipes this weekend!
    Cheers!

  22. This sounds great! I might make this for the 4th of July tomorrow. How do you think Thyme would be in it? I love fresh Thyme with any type of bean, but especially lentils, so French! Thanks so much!

  23. I LOVE this salad. I’ve been making it with dill only and serving with arugula. I make a batch and take to work for lunch. Got some family hooked on it too. It’s so fresh!

  24. Wow! I think this very close to what I’ve been looking for for over four months! First of all, I think this is the second time I’ve chanced upon your blog in the pursuit of a recipe. I think i should just subscribe.

    I had something very similar to this earlier in the year when I was travelling to Paris for work. Our office had catered in a meal for lunch one day, and the starter course (those Parisians don’t cut corners, even with catered boxed lunches) had a lentil and chickpea salad with radishes, dill, mint and carrots. Since I was there for work and in the middle of an all-day meeting, I couldn’t spend too much time deciphering the contents of my lentil salad… although I wish I had! I’ve been trying to replicate it for over four months with not much luck. I think your dressing with the acidity from the lemon and dijon mustard and the sweetness from the agave may do the trick.

    I’ll certainly give this a try this weekend!

  25. I was looking for a nice lentil salad to help control my binge-eating when stressed (I’ve struggled with BED for some time and when I feel self conscious it gets worse). For some reason when I have something like lentils it makes me feel a whole bunch better and I don’t want to binge anymore, but I didn’t know any simple and yummy recipes that I could pack with me for school and things like that. This is really really yummy and is helping me with my disorder. It’s easy and fairly quick to make, as well as it keeps well in the fridge. I tried it with salad greens and creamy chevre and it was delicious :).

  26. Just made a big batch of this to throw over greens for the week for lunch! How many days do you think this will last in the fridge? I left the dressing off to the side

    • Hey Alex! I actually think the salad will last longer if you toss it with the dressing (but keep the greens separate), since there’s citrus in it. I think it should keep for about four days tops.

  27. I made this last night and it was so yummy! I sometimes struggle with new ideas for salads so finding your website was fantastic! Have started following you now, thank you :-)!!!

  28. Just made this and wanted to let you know that it was absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for giving me the inspiration to start my summer salad rotation. :-)

  29. Love, Love, LOVE this salad!! The dill and the radishes are simply an amazing combination to all the other flavors. Making the second round right now. I put it in pita pockets and had it for lunch a couple of times. Great to have on hand in the fridge to have something healthy to grab. Thanks and YUM!

  30. This salad was amazing. On a day when I seriously didn’t feel like cooking because it was 100 outside and 90 inside, it was definitely a savior for me! I added extra lemon juice and extra herbs. Will absolutely be making this again – my husband had thirds!

  31. Loved the salad! Made it twice in one week, once cooking the lentils, once using Trader Joe’s steamed lentils. While definitely more convenient, I found the TJ lentils to be salty, and would suggest omiting the salt from the dressing and then seasoning to taste. Thanks for a new, heathful recipe on my permanent rotation!

  32. So any alternative herb ideas? I don’t like Dill and mint sometimes make me sick feeling. I was thinking cilantro maybe but I’m not sure. — my kids love your recipes my daughter is 9 and she loves making them with me!

  33. Tried a version of this today and really liked it. The lemon dressing made it taste really fresh. Two garlic cloves was a little too much for me so I will reduce to one next time.
    Thanks Kate for sharing

  34. Excellent flavor! Also good with some goat cheese on top :) But I had trouble with the lentils – they came out a bit mushy. I tried them throughout the cooking process and at one point, they seemed tender, but also still had a bit of a bite – is that what we are striving for? I decided to keep on cooking and then got mushy. I used green lentils.

  35. WOW!!! Found this site by googling Quick Easy Vegetarian no tomatoes & boy, am I happy about that!!! I made this for a dinner party for 8 & it was a total success! I even had to send every couple home with some ;) I LOVE it when I find a recipe whose ingredients all sound perfectly lovely & then it turns out fabulous . . . and it was easy to throw together for an impromptu Thursday night dinner party. Normally I’d make the lentils & chickpeas from scratch, but my work day had other plans, so Trader Joes had both steamed lentils & cans of tasty chickpeas & they worked very well! All the guests commented that it was a wonderful, filling & different meal.
    Thanks a million for posting a great recipe – I forgot to take a pic, but, I’m having leftovers tomorrow & I’ll try to take one then.
    A few mods (cuz that’s what I do . . . use recipes as jumping off points:
    Ii added 6 cloves of garlic to a little oil, cooked it enough, on a low heat, to get aromatic & a bit soft & then tossed in the cooked lentils & chickpeas, to warm them a bit. After they had a chance to get well-acquainted, I added some of the lemon juice, and the radishes (a GREAT touch, by the way) and let everything sit while we had “apero” (I was feeding a bunch of French friends.)
    Then I added almost 1/4 more of both the fresh dill & fresh mint, chopped up quite small (so it was well distributed throughout the tripled dish), and then added some more of the herbs to the top as garnish when I plated the dish. I also added about 1/3 C extra lemon juice when I made the dressing, and 2 extra garlic cloves. Topped it all with crumbled feta. Although the feta was tasty, for vegans, it would not been out of balance, or missing flavor at all. I may try adding finely shredded carrots next time for color.
    I served it on an undressed bed of a mix of butter lettuces, arugula & red leaf lettuces.
    Thanks again for a delightfully special, midweek friendly recipe!

  36. This is the first recipe I have made from your blog and it is delicious. I have several others bookmarked to come back to over the next few weeks. Your blog is fantastic–thank you for providing healthy vegetarian recipes!

    • The radishes add a nice crunch and bite to the salad. Maybe some thinly sliced green onion for bite and some diced carrot or celery for crunch?

  37. Oh my goodness gracious is this salad ever tasty and filling! I made this for my lunches this week and have it on some baby spinach. I divided into 4 servings and it keeps me full for hours. I did cut back on the calories a bit by omitting the oil in the lentils while cooking halving the oil in the dressing. Even with less fat it’s STILL delicious. The fresh mint and dill are so so good. Will definitely make this again. :)

  38. Just made this, delicious! I tossed the lentils in while they were still a bit warm (and potentially overlooked!) so next time I’ll cool them well before adding to the radishes and chickpeas. So excited to have this in the fridge for quick lunches! Thank you :)

  39. This is so gorgeous! I’ve been craving lentil salad lately and this seems like it could do the trick :). Also looks like an amazing potluck/bbq dish *love*

  40. I made this over the weekend and am really enjoying it for lunch this week! All my local stores couldn’t source radishes, so I used diakon instead and am really happy with the result. Goat cheese was a great add-on suggestion! Thanks Kate!

    • Daikon is a great swap-out for the radishes, Allison, thanks for including that detail! I’m glad it worked out so well.