Kid-friendly Lentil Salad

Do your kids like pulses?  Mine aren’t mad about them but last night ate their fill after devising and making this easy and tasty dish (with a little help). That’s their fibre intake taken care of for a day or so!  I encourage you to give it a go with or without kids…


Kid-friendly Lentil Salad

Serves 4-6


  • 1 cup good quality lentils (Puy, black or blue)
  • 1½ cups water
  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 small Lebanese cucumbers, finely chopped
  • 1 small Meyer lemon, finely chopped (including skin)
  • Juice of the lemon
  • Good swish of quality EVOO
  • Good swish of quality red wine vinegar
  • 150g of good quality feta cheese
  • 1 large roasted beetroot, grated
  • Large handful of sultanas
  • Large handful of parsley, finely chopped
  • Large handful of mint, finely chopped


  1. Rinse the lentils in water in a fine sieve/colander to remove any dust or impurities.
  2. Put into a saucepan with the water and simmer for 40-45 minutes or until soft.
  3. Drain, rinse under cold water and place into a large salad bowl.
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients ~ except the beetroot ~ and toss with your hands until well combined (your children will enjoy this bit!).
  5. Taste and adjust. For example, if it’s a little too tart, add a sprinkle of raw sugar.
  6. Arrange the grated beetroot on top and serve immediately.
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We served the salad with a roasted beef fillet, creamy mashed potatoes and a glass of Pinot Noir (water for the kids of course!)


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