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Lentil Salad Recipe with Chef Tips

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Today I just show you my Lentil Salad Recipe.

You can serve this salad with lentils cold or lukewarm, I leave that to you.

Today I have freshly cooked beetroot, orange and lamb’s lettuce with walnuts as an addition to the lentils.

The salad tastes surprisingly refreshing and will surely please you.The preparation I show you below with many step by step photos. Good luck!

1. Recipe Lentil Salad

Below are the step-by-step instructions with many photos.

If you have any questions please use the comment function!

Lentil salad with beetroot, lamb’s lettuce, oranges and walnuts

Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 1153
Total Time 50 Min.
Preparation Time 5 Min.
Cook Time 45 Min.

Simple instructions for preparing lentil salad with beet and oranges.

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Lentil Salad Recipe Image
Lentil Salad Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


Boil beetroot and prepare salad

500 g beetroot
1 tsp Salt

Marinade for beetroot

1-2 tsp Caraway
40 ml white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp Salt
8 Prisen Pepper
1/2 tsp brown sugar
70 ml Sunflower oil (or olive oil)


1 cups lentils
1 pc Soup vegetables
1 pc onion
1 tsp butter
1 pc bay
2 cups Vegetable broth
1 tsp brown sugar
4 pinches Salt
4 pinches black pepper
1 tsp curry
2 tbsp balsamico

Lamb’s lettuce and dressing + oranges + decoration

100 g lamb’s lettuce
2 pc Orangen
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
4 pinches Salt
4 pinches black pepper
1-2 tsp honey
80 ml Olive oil
2 pc Orangen (for fillets or orange pieces)
4-6 pc walnut kernels


Beetroot preparation

Beetroot cooking
boiled beetroot

Prepare beet

Cook the beetroot in salted water until soft.

You can use a pressure pot, then it goes faster.

Peel boiled beetroot
Peeling the cooked beetroot

Peel beet

Pour off the beetroot and peel under running cold water.

Then let cool and cut out unattractive places.

Cut beetroot into slices
Cut the cooked, peeled beets into slices.

Beet cut

Cut the turnips into thin slices, you can also use a slicer.

Red beets cut in bowl
Put the cut beets in a bowl.

Beet sliced

Place the beet slices in a bowl.

caraway in the mortar
Lightly poke the caraway in the mortar so that the aromas develop better.

Prepare caraway

Toast the caraway in a mortar so that the aroma can develop better.

Caraway seeds and beetroot
Put caraway seeds into beetroot slices


Season the beet slices with caraway, salt, sugar, vinegar and oil.

Season the beetroot salad with pepper
Beetroot salad with pepper, salt, sugar, vinegar and oil.


Refine beetroot salad with pepper, mix well and leave to stand for 15 minutes.

Arrange the beetroot salad
Serving beetroot salad in a bowl.

Beet ready

Season beetroot salad to taste, arrange and serve.

Enjoy your meal!

Prepare lentils

Prepare lentils
Prepare raw lentils for lentil salad with vegetables and onions.

Putting on lentils

Sweat the lentils with diced vegetables and onions in a saucepan.

Add the bay leaf, vegetable stock, sugar, salt, pepper and curry and cook the lentils.

cooked lentils
Cooked fresh lentils for lentil salad.

Finish lenses

If necessary, add water, cook the lentils until al dente, then remove the bay leaf and season with balsamic vinegar lukewarm.

Lamb’s lettuce, dressing, oranges, decoration

Place the lamb's lettuce dry on paper towels.
Clean and wash the lamb's lettuce, the fine rapunzel salad must not be put in the salad spinner. The delicate flower stems would break when spun. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

Wash lettuce

Cut off the roots from the lamb’s lettuce.

Gently weigh lamb’s lettuce in cold water, dry and drain on kitchen paper.

Prepare the orange juice dressing
Orange juice with mustard, sugar, salt and olive oil

Prepare dressing

Squeeze two oranges and mix with vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and honey.

Let the olive oil run in slowly and stir to a creamy dressing.

Walnuts, walnut kernels in a mortar
Crush walnut kernels in a mortar for low-carb bread.

Prepare walnuts

Squeeze the walnuts into the mortar to decorate.

Serve the lentil salad with oranges, lamb's lettuce and beetroot
Close up lentil salad simple.

Arrange and Serve

Either filet or peel and chop the oranges.

Arrange the lentils, add the beetroot, marinate the lamb’s lettuce and add it neatly, add the orange pieces and serve decorated with walnuts.

YOU could write me a comment now, why this lens salad should be simple… after all there are more than 20 ingredients in use here…

For clarification:

I prepare this lentil salad mostly when I have already prepared beetroot salad the day before.

I almost always have the dressing for the lamb’s lettuce ready in the fridge because it tastes so delicious.

You could also use pre-cooked beetroot, then please buy the cooked, non-marinated ones, which taste better than the beetroot from the glass.

Some more tips for cooking beetroot:

The smaller the beets, the shorter the cooking time.

The piercing of the beets is considered a faux pas, I have already halved large beets to reduce the cooking time.

Wash the turnips well before cooking, only clean turnips come into your pot! 🙂

2. Nutritional Values

3. How to prepare Lentil Salad

Here is the overview of the preparation. Also note my hints at the end of the recipe…

I have already written elsewhere about the health effects of beetroot!

Shortcrust pastry ingredients with lemon zest
Colourful vegetarian, vegan lentil salad, decorated with parsley and pine nuts. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

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