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Spiced Lentil Salad Dip (Gluten Free, Vegan)

This Spiced Lentil Salad Dip is perfect for your next pot luck dinner.  Sweet and full of warming spices, it pairs perfectly with your chip of choice. Yes, it is completely addicting, but with these ingredients you’re only doing your body good things if you eat the whole bowl!

spiced lentil salad dip

 Recipes that are passed down through families are just the best, aren’t they?

spiced lentil salad dip

I mean, no one really knows where they started or where they came from. All we know is that they are always the best recipes we know. And that there is usually some secret ingredient that is kept well protected by the family who owns it. 

spiced lentil salad dip

This recipe is one of those. 

It actually comes from a very close family friend. I remember having it for the first time years and years ago as an appetizer before one of our family dinners. I must have been no older than 10, yet I’m pretty sure I ate the entire bowl.  

spiced lentil salad dip

Once I moved away from home, I put it upon myself to recreate this favorite recipe of mine. 

And I did. Since then, it has been my go-to potluck recipe. Its what I bring to a friends’ house any time I need something quick, easy and fail proof. It’s ridiiiiiculously inexpensive to make (all you students out there I’m looking at you), made with staple ingredients so usually no grocery stop is needed, and above all, it is sooooo healthy.  spiced lentil salad dip

Now I’ll admit, it doesn’t really look like much. Even when you see the recipe, it doesn’t exactly scream “knock your socks off delicious.” But you need to trust me. It IS knock your socks delicious. This salad packs a mean flavor punch. Every time I bring it to a potluck, my friends are shocked as to what’s behind that “healthy looking lentil thing,” and end up licking the bowl. It is sweet –  thanks to the addition of currants or raisins – AND spicy. Not hot spicy, but warming-curry spicy. The sweet and the spice balance each perfectly to create one seamlessly melded flavor explosion. 

spiced lentil salad dip

If you couldn’t tell, I had one heck of a time trying to decide what to call this lentil salad dip. I mean, is it a salad… or a dip, Cora? Well, it’s first and foremost a dip. You WILL want to grab your favorite tortilla chip and get your dip on before your main course. But, it’s also a salad. Salad being: a mix of things in a bowl. So, that’s why it is a salad dip. Don’t argue. The pin is made. 

spiced lentil salad dip

This lentil salad dip is a perfect healthy alternative for your next game day, work pot luck, family dinner or picnic. Serve it along side the wings, potato chips and mozza sticks to balance out that table. But have both sides. You need some ying and you need some yang. 

You also just really need this salad. It is…

Healthy

Packed with vegetarian protein

Gluten Free

Flavorful

Sweet

Spicy

Tangy

Perfect for dipping

spiced lentil salad dip

And then IF you have leftovers, definitely go ahead and eat is as a salad! Throw it on some massaged kale or plop it in your next baked sweet potato (of course I’ve done it. It’s damn good). 

Linking up with the lovely Deborah and Sarah for Meatless Monday!


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Spiced Lentil Salad Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked red lentils or 1 large can (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 red pepper, very finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup currants or raisins
    Dressing
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • pinch of ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Cook 1 cup dry lentils in 3 cups boiling water (cover and simmer for 7-10 minutes, or more if using whole green lentils). Rinse and drain well and sprinkle with salt (or simply drain and rise canned lentils well).
  2. Combine all dressing ingredients and whisk well.
  3. Combine lentils, pepper, onions and currants. Pour in dressing and stir well to combine.
  4. Preferably, let sit 3 hours to overnight to let flavors meld.
  5. Note: In the pictures above, currants were used. Raisins would also work, but would be bigger and more sweet.
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What is one of your favorite family-passed-down recipes?

Favorite go-to potluck recipe?

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 1st Nov 16

    This looks good! I’m not sure how i feel about the raisins–i suppose it adds a nice sweetness to it? I love my moms stew she made us growing up and my grandmother had several cookie recipes that she passed along to us and we make every Christmas!
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      I personally love the raisins/currents in it – it adds that sweetness to contrast the spice. But I’m full aware there are many raisin “haters” out there – so this recipe won’t be for all! (but what a shame… I also love raisins in my curry recipes to add that bit of sweetness)
      Mmmm grandmama’s cookies recipes…. the best.

  2. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner | 1st Nov 16

    These are my favorite types of dips! I love lentils and adding the currants is a great idea. Thanks for linking up for meatless Monday today
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Same here – easy, light and can feed an army! Thanks for the link up!

  3. Kat | 1st Nov 16

    Oh my goodness this sounds amazing!! I’ve never tried a lentil dip before so I am going to totally be making this one~
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Oh cool!! I love when someone gets inspired to try something new. Its seriously so good – and feeds a crowd. Maybe even your family would dive into it??

  4. Sarah @ BucketListTummy | 1st Nov 16

    Lentilllls for the win. Love those little guys. I like the idea of adding currants for some natural sweetness. I’m all about using this as a dip, perhaps with some nice french bread?
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Sarah – I was a little excited to have you see this one, as I know we share our love of lentils. And I very much remember your lentil dip type recipe from a while back. Oh wow, yes this would be so good dipped in some nice crusty bread. Mmm, especially sourdough.

  5. Ellie Pell | 1st Nov 16

    This is right up my alley! I love bean dips both for chips and to put on salad. I haven’t been to a potluck in a while, but I would definitely bring black bean hummus or avocado pesto pasta. I love that!
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Oh nice – I would love to go to a potluck that you were attending. And yes I think what I love most about these kinds of recipes is that they can be so versatile. A dip, or thrown on salads, or thrown on a potato…. anything!

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  7. Kate | 2nd Nov 16

    I want to take this to my family’s thanksgiving!

    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      It would be perfect for that! So great for crowds.

  8. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 2nd Nov 16

    I love a good dip. Even more so when it’s packed with lentils and can also be called a salad. Plus the pin has been made. I get it. 🙂

    This sounds awesome. Pinning for the future to my dip board AND my salad board. 🙂
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      You understand the dilemma I was dealt with here. Now you can just use it both ways!

  9. Kristy from Southern In Law | 4th Nov 16

    This looks amazinggg! Family recipes are always a favourite of mine – and for good reason! I mean, if it’s going to be passed around for years it has to be good, right?! 😉
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    • Cora | 5th Nov 16

      Exactly! It has to be the best to stick around that long.

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  11. Agness of Run Agness Run | 12th May 17

    What an appetizing recipe, Cora! I will have to give it a try as it seems finger-licking!
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