Lentil Quinoa Salad with Nutritional Yeast Dressing

A quick and easy vegan salad that's packed with flavor. This nutritious salad is made with quinoa, lentils, leafy greens, carrots, cucumbers and a delicious nutritional yeast dressing. Feel free to add different vegetables using what you have on hand!

prep time

15 minutes

cook time

15 minutes

servings

4
lentil quinoa salad in a bowl

Lentil quinoa salad with nutritional yeast dressing. A quick and easy vegan salad that’s packed with flavor. This nutritious salad is made with quinoa, lentils, leafy greens, carrots, cucumbers and a delicious nutritional yeast dressing. Feel free to add different vegetables using what you have on hand!

lentil quinoa salad in a bowl

Looking for a quick and easy vegan salad? Look no further. This salad is ready in 30 minutes and can easily be made with vegetables that you have on hand! It’s also packed with plant-based protein thanks to the quinoa, lentils, sunflower seeds, tahini and nutritional yeast. Plus, it’s high in fiber! It’s a great nutritious meal to prepare on busy weeknights or as part of your meal prep on the weekend.

This salad is inspired by my Cozy Winter Salad with Crispy Tofu and Rice. If you haven’t made that one yet, you need to give it a try. The nutritional yeast dressing is my absolute favorite dressing and so I used it in this lentil quinoa salad as well. Once you try it, you won’t want any other dressing on your salads. Trust me, it’s that good.

quinoa, arugula, cucumbers and lentils
How to Make a Lentil Quinoa Salad:

First, start by cooking your quinoa. Combine 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of water in a small saucepan, then bring it to a boil over high heat. Reduce to low heat and let it simmer, covered for 15 minutes or until the water has been absorbed.

Meanwhile, prepare the nutritional yeast dressing. Add olive oil, nutritional yeast, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, tahini, garlic and water to a blender. Blend until smooth.

When the quinoa is done, stir in the lentils and dressing. Serve the lentil quinoa mixture with leafy greens, shredded carrots, sliced cucumbers, sunflower seeds and nutritional yeast. Enjoy!

Make it for Meal Prep:

This recipe is great for meal prep! Simply prepare the quinoa and nutritional yeast dressing. Combine the cooked quinoa, dressing and lentils together. Let it cool and store the salad in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can then serve it with fresh vegetables when you’re ready to eat. You can also add the vegetables in advance, but I would recommend waiting until the salad has cooled completely before adding any vegetables when doing meal prep.

Notes on Substitutions:
  • Vegetables: You can substitute the carrots and/or cucumbers with other vegetables you have on hand. I love to add diced peppers or shredded beets. Use your favorite salad vegetables!
  • Lentils: You can substitute the canned lentils with 1 1/2 cup of cooked lentils. I prefer to use canned lentils for convenience in this recipe, but if you’re not in any hurry, feel free to cook your own lentils.
Nutritional yeast dressing drizzled over salad
lentil quinoa salad in a bowl from the side
lentil quinoa salad in a bowl
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Lentil Quinoa Salad with Nutritional Yeast Dressing

A quick and easy vegan salad that's packed with flavor. This nutritious salad is made with quinoa, lentils, leafy greens, carrots, cucumbers and a delicious nutritional yeast dressing. Feel free to add different vegetables using what you have on hand!
Course Salad
Cuisine vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, dry
  • 1 can (540ml/19oz) lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 4 handfuls leafy greens of choice, spinach, arugula, mixed greens
  • 1/2 medium English cucumber, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded
  • Roasted sunflower seeds, for topping (optional)
  • Nutritional yeast, for topping (optional)

Nutritional Yeast Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 medium garlic cloves

Instructions

  • Start by cooking the quinoa: Add 1 cup of dry quinoa and 2 cups of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to low heat and simmer for 15 minutes, covered until the water has been absorbed.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the nutritional yeast dressing: In a blender or small food processor, add all the dressing ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  • Drain and rinse the canned lentils. Add the lentils to the saucepan with the cooked quinoa. Top with the dressing and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • Prepare the vegetables. Divide the leafy greens into 4 bowls.
  • Divide the lentil quinoa mixture into the 4 prepared bowls. Top with cucumbers, carrots, sunflower seeds and nutritional yeast if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

You can easily substitute the carrots and/or cucumbers for other vegetables. Diced peppers are also great. You could also use shredded beets.
This recipe is great for meal prep. Simply prepare the quinoa and nutritional yeast dressing. Combine the cooked quinoa, dressing and lentils together. Let it cool and store the salad in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can then serve it with fresh vegetables when you’re ready to eat. You can also add the vegetables in advance, but I would recommend waiting until the salad has cooled completely before adding any vegetables when doing meal prep.
If preferred, you can substitute the canned lentils for 1 1/2 cup of cooked lentils. Of course this takes more time. I love to use canned lentils in this recipe for convenience.
This recipe is inspired by my Cozy Winter Salad with Crispy Tofu and Rice.

If you make this lentil quinoa salad, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love to hear from you guys. And of course, if you try this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram!


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Comments

8 responses to “Lentil Quinoa Salad with Nutritional Yeast Dressing”

  1. Ramya Avatar
    Ramya

    will be making this soon i never had salad before will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

    1. Nourished by Caroline Avatar

      I hope you’ll like it! 🙂

  2. Kortneii MacKenzie Avatar
    Kortneii MacKenzie

    4 stars
    Just made this for lunch!tasty. Quite a mild flavor. Very nice. Topped with the suggested sunflower seeds and little bit of Noosh! Thanks so much. Nice and easy to throw together!

    1. Nourished by Caroline Avatar

      I’m so happy you liked it! Thank you for the feedback Kortneii.

  3. Anja Avatar
    Anja

    5 stars
    I just made this salad as an appetizer for the dinner party and people really enjoyed it! The dressing is amazing, I’ll definitely have this more often in the future. Also so easy to prepare!

    1. Nourished by Caroline Avatar

      I’m so happy you all enjoyed it! That dressing is definitely my favorite. Thank you for taking the time to leave your review! 🙂

  4. Kerrie Avatar
    Kerrie

    5 stars
    OMG this the dressing is AMAZING ☺️ I didn’t have lentils or quinoa so I had baby spinach, lettuce, carrot, celery, avocado, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds & wallnuts… Well be making again

    1. Nourished by Caroline Avatar

      I’m so happy that you loved the dressing! It’s my favorite. And it sounds delicious with those ingredients. 🙂

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