This vegan, gluten-free Mushroom and Lentil Salad is a healthy, light and easy salad that’s perfect to bring along to your next BBQ or picnic.

Vegan Mushroom and Lentil Salad

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This hearty Vegan Lentil Salad is a nutritional powerhouse packed with French lentils, mushrooms, and lemon. And it comes together fast with just a handful of ingredients which you probably already have in your pantry!

This vegan, gluten-free Mushroom and Lentil Salad is a healthy, light and easy salad that’s perfect to bring along to your next BBQ or picnic.

While this may look like a winter dish, the tart brightness and freshness of lemon really brings this mushroom lentil salad into summer.

This vegan lentil salad is healthy, light, easy and perfect to bring along to your next bbq or summer picnic.

Vegan and gluten free, and made from ingredients you are already likely to have in your fridge or pantry it’s sure to satisfy everyone!

Tips for Making Vegan Lentil Salad:

Experiment with your favorite mushrooms.

In this salad, I’ve used a mix of swiss brown (crimini) mushrooms and button mushrooms (champignons). Really though you can use whatever variety of mushrooms you prefer or have on hand.

Meaty portobello mushrooms would also be lovely in this vegan lentil salad, as they have a richer, deeper, almost meaty flavor. King brown mushrooms would be great too, or even a mix of wild mushrooms.

Caramelize the mushrooms over high heat for the best flavor.

The secret to this vegan lentil salad is cooking the mushrooms over a high heat to allow them to caramelize slightly.

The key to lovely caramelized mushrooms is to not add salt to the mushrooms while cooking them!

Adding salt will cause the mushrooms to release water and will prevent them from caramelizing, resulting in flabby watery mushrooms, which is not what you want.

The mushrooms will release a little moisture as you cook them, but much less so than if they were seasoned.

You’ll want to cook the mushrooms in batches as well, to make sure they aren’t over crowded in the pan. I cooked them in 4 batches to make sure the mushrooms didn’t overlap.

Seasoning your vegan lentil salad.

The other key to this mushroom lentil salad is seasoning. A simple salad, such as this, all hangs on the dressing.

Season with a couple of pinches of salt, toss to combine, taste and add more until the flavors really start to come alive.

If serving this salad straight from the fridge you will need a little more seasoning than if you were serving it at room temperature.

Cook the lentils in vegetable stock.

Another tip I like to use is to cook the lentils in vegetable stock, to add a lovely depth of flavor.

If you don’t have vegetable stock, water will do, but I do think vegetable stock makes a great addition.

Dress up your vegan lentil salad.

There are plenty of ways to dress up this Mushroom Lentil Salad to make it your own.

If you aren’t vegan, add some crumbled feta. Or even better, fry up some haloumi and place it over the top.

If you are vegan, try adding thinly sliced celery or radish or replacing the rocket (arugula) with oven baked kale chips for a little crunch.

A Reader Favorite Recipe!

This recipe first appeared on Best Food & Cooking way back in 2013. It’s been a reader favorite, which is why I’ve updated it for 2019. While the recipe remains the same, I’ve added some tips and tricks. And of course new photos.

Check out the original photo below. Pretty horrible right? I know this recipe isn’t the most visually appealing, but I think the new photos do it a little more justice 🙂

This hearty Mushroom, Lemon and Lentil Salad is a nutritional powerhouse! Even better it only needs a handful of ingredients you probably already have in your pantry!

And here’s what this same vegan lentil salad looks like today. A little better, huh?

 

This hearty Mushroom, Lemon and Lentil Salad is a nutritional powerhouse! Even better it only needs a handful of ingredients you probably already have in your pantry!

And if you like this recipe, make sure you check out my new five-minute vegan lentil salad. It’s a surefire way to get a tasty dinner on the table quick!

vegan lentil salad

Vegan Mushroom Lentil Salad

This hearty Vegan Lentil Salad is a nutritional powerhouse packed with French lentils, mushrooms, and lemon. And it comes together fast with just a handful of ingredients which you probably already have in your pantry!

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Course: Main Course, Salad

Cuisine: gluten free, vegan, vegetarian

Keyword: mushroom salad, vegan lentil salad

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Servings: 2

Calories: 122kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup French Green Lentils
  • 2 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 4 cups mix of button and swiss brown mushrooms sliced (300g or 10 1/2 oz)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 shallot or small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbs lemon juice
  • 3 tsp good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup rocket (arugula)

Instructions

  • Begin by cooking the lentils. Place the lentils and vegetable stock in a saucepan and bring to a boil before reducing to a simmer. Simmer for 25 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Drain and set aside to cool.

  • Place a large ]frying pan over a high heat. When the pan has come to heat (don’t add oil) add 1/3 of the mushrooms. Leave for 2 minutes before then give the pan a shake to flip them over. The mushrooms should be lightly golden. Cook for a further minute before removing from the pan and repeating with the remaining mushrooms. 

  • Reduce the heat to medium low and add 2 tsp of olive oil or vegan butter and add the shallot or onion. Cook until slightly golden on the edges and  return the mushrooms to the pan and add the garlic and chilli flakes and cook for 2 minutes, or until the garlic is fragrant, but not browned as it will taste bitter. Set aside to cool.

  • Toss the lentils, mushroom and garlic together along with the lemon juice and the extra virgin olive oil. Season to taste and add the parsley and rocket just as you’re serving.

Notes

Don’t slice the mushrooms too thinly. You want them to have a bit of substance and also you don’t want them to dry out when they are cooked over a high heat.

Nutrition

Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.12g | Protein: 3.28g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 0.997g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.831g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4.9g | Sodium: 949mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 4.8g | Vitamin A: 52% | Vitamin C: 93% | Calcium: 4% | Iron: 8%

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This hearty Mushroom, Lemon and Lentil Salad is a nutritional powerhouse! Even better it only needs a handful of ingredients you probably already have in your pantry!

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