Black Lentil Salad with Oranges and Beets

Fresh citrus, earthy beets, and goat cheese combine to make a filling salad. With 12g of protein per serving, this low-calorie vegetarian recipe makes a great meal option.

black platter of Black Lentils with Oranges and Beets
Photo: Brie Passano
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins


  • 1 8 ounce beet, tops removed

  • ¾ cup black lentils, rinsed and drained

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 4 cup arugula or baby kale

  • 2 tablespoon pine nuts or chopped walnuts

  • 1 orange

  • 3 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoon crumbled goat cheese (chèvre)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Wrap beet in foil and place on a small baking sheet. Bake 75 minutes or until tender. When cool enough to handle, remove foil and peel skin from beet; slice beet.

  2. Meanwhile, cook lentils according to package directions, adding 1/2 tsp. of the salt to cooking water. Drain and cool. In a large bowl toss together lentils and arugula. In a 6-inch dry skillet cook pine nuts over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring occasionally.

  3. For dressing, remove zest from orange. In a small bowl whisk together orange zest, vinegar, shallot, oil, honey, rosemary, pepper, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt.

  4. Remove remaining peel from orange; cut orange into 1/4-inch slices. Arrange lentil mixture on a platter. Top with beet and orange slices, cheese, and pine nuts. Drizzle with dressing.


Substitute a Chioggia beet for the red beet.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

285 Calories
8g Fat
44g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 285
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 287mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 25.1mg 126%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 3.6mg 20%
Potassium 604mg 13%
Folate, total 266.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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