It’s the first day of July and I just can’t believe it! I’m so excited for the holiday weekend – I’ve got a whole menu planned out (that includes this lentil salad) and I can’t wait to entertain and bring friends and family together through food.

But let’s not get too excited yet, we’ve got a few days until the fireworks start booming and the grills are fired up. Let’s discuss this lentil salad recipe that I made last week and can easily be whipped up for your 4th of July festivities. About a month ago, I vowed to start cooking more lentils and I think, so far, I’ve been doing pretty good.

Cooking lentils is no new thing. For this dish, I simply cooked dry lentils and tossed them together with a few of my favorite veggies. Swiss chard, Vidalia onions and carrots to name a few but you can easily use spinach or kale if you can’t find Swiss chard in your food store or farmer’s market. The veggies I used are really more suggestions than anything else because you can mix n’ match what you want to add in. I have a deep love for Swiss chard and I think it makes any dish better. I also tossed in a bit of fresh orange juice n’ zest and almonds for a bit of flavor.

I think I’d wear fresh orange zest as a fragrance if they sold it. Do they? I need to find it, if so!

This gluten and dairy free dish is such a flavorful summer meal, if I do say so myself. O boy, is it ever amazing! You’ll love it. A whole lot.

Have a safe and relaxing July 4th holiday! What’s everyone cooking?

And check out my gluten-free recipe for Glamour Magazine: Homemade Golden Muesli: An Unboring Healthy Breakfast Cereal to Eat All Week


Swiss Chard Lentil Salad with Vidalia Onions
Serves: 4
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree


  • 1 quart purified water
  • 1/2 cup lentils
  • 1 cup carrot chips
  • 1 Vidalia onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch Swiss Chard finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 2 Tbsp. dried cranberries
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 2 cups arugula


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the water, lentils, carrot, Vidalia onion, garlic, sea salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the lentils are soft, approximately 20 minutes. Drain and discard bay leaf.
  2. In the same saucepan, add olive oil over medium heat. Add cooked lentil mixture and Swiss Chard. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Remove from heat; transfer to a serving bowl. Toss with lemon juice, almonds, cranberries and lemon zest.
  3. Serve at room temperature with arugula.
Nutrition Facts
Swiss Chard Lentil Salad with Vidalia Onions
Amount Per Serving
Calories 251 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 329mg14%
Potassium 814mg23%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 10262IU205%
Vitamin C 33mg40%
Calcium 125mg13%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Looks yummy! Thanks Aime….love lentils.
    Love to try these salad dressings….fingers crossed

  2. This looks amazing! I have a bag of green lentils that looks me in the eye every time I walk by it. I didn’t want to make just a boring lentil soup, and now I don’t have to! Can’t wait to try this! Maybe one of the RawFoodz dressings would also be delicious with this recipe!

  3. I, too, make my own condiments! Would like to try the Raw Foodz condiments! Sound so good! Lentil salads are perfect summer meals, and this looks very yummy!

  4. 4 stars
    I can’t seem to find a decent, clean dressing for salads in the stores. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to win a bottle from RawFoods to help me out.

  5. 5 stars
    This salad looks wonderful. I will try this. Your salad dressings in the giveaway also sound yummy and healthy.

  6. I love lentils! I’ve been looking for recipes that are both healthy and gluten free because my mom can’t eat gluten, and this seems perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚ happy 4th!!

  7. 5 stars
    I love lentils! Last week I made vegan chilli with them. Delicious!

    Greetings from Brazil! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. I’ll have to add this to my list of recipes to try as well! I would maybe try it w/a little bit of the Green or Italian RawFoodz dressing too, just for an extra flavor burst!

  9. 4 stars
    I’ve had a bag of lentils sitting in my pantry for 6 months, thanks for the tasty-sounding suggestion ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 5 stars
    This is such a creative way to use lentils! Thanks for sharing I am going to try this recipe

  11. HI AMIE,