Recipe: Green Bean & Lentil Salad

Lentils come in and out of favour with me. Whilst I will throw chickpeas into just about anything I sometimes go weeks without going near lentils, and then all of a sudden will feel a urge to use them in something. That is what happened with this dish – I woke up and new I wanted to make a lentil salad for my work lunch and so whipped up this delicious dish. It’s quick, easy, healthy and full of flavour – what more could you want!

Ingredients List

  • Small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 can organic brown lentils
  • Green beans
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Goats cheese
  • Juice of half a lemon



  1. Dice the onion & mince the garlic
  2. Top & tail the green beans and quarter the tomatoes
  3. Drain & rinse the lentils
  4. Heat some oil in a small saucepan and cook the onion for 3-4 minutes
  5. Add the cumin & ginger and cook for 30 seconds
  6. Add the lentils and stir for 1-2 minutes. Don’t cook for too long or they will go mushy
  7. Cook the beans in boiling water for 3 minutes then refresh under cold water
  8. Add the lentil mix, beans and tomatoes to a bowl and toss to combine
  9. Crumble goats cheese on top then squeeze lemon juice over
  10. Enjoy!


Do you have foods that come in and out of favour? Got a favourite lentil recipe you’d like to share?

4 Comments on Recipe: Green Bean & Lentil Salad

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      August 5, 2013 at 8:12 pm (11 years ago)

      I tend to keep cans of organic lentils, chickpeas & kidney beans on hand as they are so versatile for quick and easy mid-week meals. I’m not good at remembering to soak things over night during the week, and being in a sharehouse space is a bit of a premium! Just remember to give them a good rinse when you take them out of the can!

  1. Lisa @ Greek Vegetarian
    August 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm (11 years ago)

    Yeah, they’re not bad those canned lentils. So quick and easy. The salad looks really yum Liz. I love goats cheese – it’s got such a unique tang and goes so well with so many things.
    Lisa @ Greek Vegetarian recently posted…Vegetarian Pastitsio (Greek pasta bake)

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      August 8, 2013 at 10:37 am (11 years ago)

      I have been using so much goats cheese lately – love it!


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