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Lentil and Rice Summer Salad | A Couple Cooks

Rice and Lentil Salad

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 as a side; 2 to 3 as a main 1x


This rice and lentil salad is vibrant, filling, and protein-packed! Make it as a side for a dinner party, or bring it along to a cookout or potluck.


  • 1 cup short grain brown or white rice (or 3 cups cooked)
  • 1 cup french lentils
  • 1 cup diced cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 large red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Cook the rice according to How to Cook Rice or use the Instant Pot method. Cool the rice to room temperature before making the salad: an easy way to do this is to spread it out onto a baking sheet and place in the freezer for a few minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, boil the French lentils: place 1 cup lentils in a saucepan with 3 cups water. Bring it to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes until tender.
  3. Dice the tomatoes. Thinly slice onion. Chop the basil.
  4. Make the dressing: in a medium bowl, whisk together sherry vinegar, mustard, and smoked paprika. Gradually whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until creamy and emulsified.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the rice, lentils, tomato, onion, and basil with 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Pour on the dressing and mix to combine. Taste, and add additional salt and pepper as desired.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Lentil Salad, Lentil Rice, Lentil Recipes, Summer Salad, Vegetarian Side Dish, Vegan Side Dish, Plant Based, Plant Based Recipes