I’ve been making great little “bento box” lunches lately. It’s worth mentioning that I don’t have a real bento box. It’s a gladware plastic container.

But it serves the same purpose and I’m kind of obsessed with these lunches. The biggest portion is reserved for vegetables – usually grape tomatoes, carrots and cucumbers or green beans; the small portion is for seaweed salad (I know, such a random Costco purchase); and the medium is for a lentil salad. And then I’ll add a chicken sausage or hard-boiled eggs on the side. Sometimes I keep it simple and toss the lentils with green onions, an easy dressing and some quinoa. And sometimes things get a little fancier.

Like beets, goat cheese and shallots fancier. I can’t take the credit for the idea, it came from a cafe near my office (clementine) but it is a delicious mix of slightly sweet + savory. In this particular lentil salad, beets are diced as finely as possible and tossed with lentils, shallots, goat cheese and a mustardy vinaigrette.

Side note: lentils are my favorite bean of all time. Please say you love them as much as I do!

This salad makes the perfect side dish (and could totally work as a main salad too) for lunches or dinners and if you buy pre-cooked lentils and beets, it comes together quickly! Because I tend to make rather involved packed lunches, I usually take any shortcuts I can get. I hope you enjoy this salad as much as we have!

Lentil, Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: salad side gluten-free high fiber high protein kosher vegetarian beans cheese fall


Ingredients (4-6 servings)

  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper
  • 16 oz (about 3 cups) cooked lentils
  • 8 oz (about 1 1/2 cups) beets, diced as small as possible
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • optional: sliced green onion for garnish


Soak sliced shallots in cold water for at least 10 minutes. (To make them a little less potent.)

Whisk together apple cider vinegar, olive oil, mustard and salt & pepper. Toss with salad.

Toss together with remaining ingredients.

Top with crumbled goat cheese and garnish with green onion.

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16 Comments (Reply )

  1. Alyssa
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    I love lentils, but I’ve never made a dish like this before! Clearly, the perfect way to fuel my goat cheese obsession.


  2. Emily
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    Lentils are a great vehicle for goat cheese! :)


  3. Karla @ Foodologie
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    Yes. Everyone about this. I wish I had it for lunch.


  4. Mercedes
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    The dressing alone for this salad look so delicious and I’m sure it is so great combined with beets, goat cheese and lentils!


  5. She Rocks Fitness
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

    LOVE this combo! You can never go wrong with any of these ingredients, especially the goat cheese. So simple…thanks for sharing! :)


  6. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

    what a great little lunch salad! will have to try it out :)


  7. erin
    Nov 06, 2013 @ 9:33 pm

    This looks SO good! I’m obsessed with beets right now. And, can you believe I haven’t had lentils in YEARS?! Must change that :)


  8. Allegra Young
    Nov 07, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    I adore beets, goats cheese, and lentils! I’m sure I’ve eaten them all on a green salad before, but this looks way tastier :)


  9. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Nov 07, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    Gorgeous salad! You buy your prepared beets and lentils at TJ’s, don’t you? :) Love the bento box idea. I need to get on board with that b/c my lunches have been a little sad lately.


    • Emily
      Nov 07, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

      Oh you KNOW it! :)


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    Nov 08, 2013 @ 12:51 am

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  11. Alexandre Raymundo
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    This really looks amazing, beets are high right now, thanks for sharing it with us!


  12. Marcy
    Nov 10, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    The salad looks amazing, and so easy to put together! Thank you for the recipe (:


  13. Patrick Ross
    Nov 10, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing it with us, keep up the great work with your blog! Cheers!


  14. Elle
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

    This looks great! I love the colour from the beets. I personally really did not like the earthy taste of beets when I first tried it.

    However, my friend was adamant that it would eventually grow on me… and guess what? It did!

    I like how this is not a light salad. Now that it’s getting colder, I’ve been looking for heavier options and the lentils is a great addition!

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I’m so excited to try it!


  15. Shawn Hunter
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    Wow, this is a very delicious recipe on beets salad. I really want to try it and incorporate it to my daily diet. The food plating looks fabulous I really interested in reading nutritional blog and Green tea research.


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