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!
Recipes that are passed down through families are just the best, aren’t they?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Packed with vegetarian protein
Perfect for dipping
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).
What is one of your favorite family-passed-down recipes?
Favorite go-to potluck recipe?