A simple and easy Roasted Tomato Lentil Salad recipe made gluten free and vegan-possible with lentils, roasted cherry tomatoes, red onion and lots of parsley all in a garlicky, sweet mustard dressing. Perfect beside any dinner or as a filling and nutritious lunch!
Cute little lentils dressed in a sweet, mustard and roasted garlic sauce with tender, little tomatoes and parsley all mixed together in a bowl and called Roasted Tomato Lentil Salad. Yep, dinner (or lunch!!) is served.
Because this is a vegan-possible (use some maple syrup instead of honey), is totally gluten free and is a wonderfully filling and wholesome and just good for you warm (or serve it cold) salad.
And it’s good!
I mean, who knew lentils and oven roasted tomatoes would pair so wonderfully in salad form? I might even have to go as far as to say this is one of my all-time favourite salads.
MORE ABOUT THIS ROASTED TOMATO LENTIL SALAD RECIPE: TIPS AND TRICKS
Cooking lentils from scratch can be intimidating to some people. I was definitely there. I know the struggle of seeing waaaay too many lentil options on that grocery store shelf and not knowing which one will get the job done for you. But that is really key – picking the right lentil for the job.
Side Note: If you want to use lentils as more of a thickener, go with the red lentils. Those turn pretty mushy and thicken soups and sauces perfectly, however, they are terrible for making a salad out of. For a salad like this one, opt for more of a Puy or beluga lentil. They hold their shape and texture perfectly!
The secret ingredient to this salad is definitely that large clove of garlic you put in the water to boil the lentils. I had always just tossed it out before. But if you fish it out of the water when the lentils are tender and mash it in with your olive oil and mustard dressing it gives a pretty awesome roasted garlic flavour without any of the hassles of roasting!! It’s pretty delicious. Just a simple sweet honey mustard style dressing with the best-roasted garlic finish going!! Perfect when paired with roasted tomatoes and some lentils.