Kalyn's Kitchen

Black Bean and Lentil Salad with Red Bell Pepper, Cumin, and Cilantro

(This recipe has been removed from my blog, but I am leaving the printer-friendly recipe here in case anyone was a fan.)

Makes 6 servings.


  • 1 cup (about 1/2 pound) lentils
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onion (scallions) green part only
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T vegetable stock (or use chicken stock if you don’t care if it’s vegan)
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 T fresh lime juice (can use apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. finely minced garlic (I used garlic puree from a jar)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried Oregano (preferably Mexican oregano)
  • 1 tsp. cumin seed (can use ground cumin)
  • 1/2 tsp. Ancho chile powder (or use any mild chile powder)
  • 1/2 tsp. Spike seasoning (or more)
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • hot sauce to taste (I used green Tabasco sauce)


  1. Put lentils into a small sauce pan with plenty of water to cover, bring to a slow simmer and cook until lentils are tender, about 40-60 minutes for green lentils or 30-40 minutes for brown ones.
  2. Drain lentils and let cool slightly.
  3. While lentils cook, put beans in a colander and rinse with cold water until no more foam appears.
  4. Let drain well, then blot dry with paper towels.
  5. Put olive oil, chicken stock, Dijon mustard, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic in a small bowl.
  6. In mortar and pestle, grind together oregano, cumin seed, chile powder, Spike seasoning, and pepper.
  7. Whisk into liquid in bowl, then add hot sauce to taste and whisk again.
  8. When lentils are slightly cooled, combine with half of dressing and let marinate while you prep the rest of the ingredients.
  9. Wash, spin dry, and finely chop cilantro and set aside.
  10. Chop red bell pepper, red onion, and green part of green onions finely and add to lentils.
  11. Add drained beans to lentil and vegetable mixture, and stir in rest of dressing, then gently mix in chopped cilantro.
  12. This will taste best if refrigerated for an hour or so before serving, but it can be served sooner if you’re short on time.

Recipe created by Kalyn, and often on served on houseboat trips at Utah’s lake Powell!

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    25 Comments on “Black Bean and Lentil Salad with Red Bell Pepper, Cumin, and Cilantro”

  1. This is not meatless or vegan if using chicken stock. I hope you didn’t serve this to vegans in the restaurant and tell them there was no meat in here

    • Oh my, sorry that I messed up and forgot to say to replace the TINY amount of chicken stock with vegetable stock to make it vegan. I do normally try to make sure to state that, and wouldn’t normally ever say something was vegan without clarifying. But seriously, isn’t it obvious how easy it would be to make this vegan? And I don’t have a restaurant, so I don’t know what you’re talking about there.

  2. I love salads. This one is worth a try. Thanks for sharing!