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Easy Cabbage Salad with Lentils

Made with only 9 ingredients, this easy Cabbage Salad with Lentils is a nutritious, tasty, low carb, and super quick meal your family is sure to enjoy.

Easy cabbage salad with canned lentils in 2 bowls

This Cabbage Salad with Lentils is for those times when you want a lite, low carb, nutritious meal, and don’t want to sacrifice on taste.

Very often, when I have skipped out on a grocery store trip, I find myself rummaging around my kitchen to whip up a meal with what ingredients I can find. 

Sometimes I’ll toss whatever veggies I come across in the fridge with some sort of canned beans or lentils from my pantry, and saute them together with a plethora of spices ~ and boom! Dinner! Or lunch ~ like was the case with this Cabbage Salad with lentils.

What ingredients do you need to make this cabbage salad?

This Cabbage Salad is so easy to put together. If you happen to have a head of cabbage, then you will need these other 8 ingredients that you probably already have hanging around your kitchen:

  • onion, 
  • garlic, 
  • ginger, 
  • coriander,
  • smoked paprika,
  • peanuts,
  • parsley, and
  • a can of lentils.

If you are not too fond of lentils, then you can use kidney beans of chickpeas instead for a tasty, satisfying, plant based meal.

If you would rather have some meat protein, feel free to add in some sauteed chicken instead.

sauteing ingredients to make cabbage salad with lentils

All the prep that’s necessary for this salad is the head of cabbage needs to be chopped. The onion, garlic cloves, and ginger need to be peeled and chopped. And, the can of lentils needs to be opened, drained, and the lentils rinsed out. 

After that it’s just a matter of sauteing the onions, ginger, and garlic in some olive oil. Add the cabbage in and cooking it until it’s tender. Then, the spices, lentils, and parsley go in and get mixed up well. This cabbage salad is ready to be garnished with spiced peanuts or salted peanuts and enjoyed!

Yesterday, my daughter and I decided to capitalize on the cool temperatures we were having here in Athens, GA and put up a fence panel.

fence panel install

I had ordered a no dig fence panel + posts a few weeks ago and we finally got tired of the boxes hanging out in the middle of our living room and got to work.

wambam fence panel installed

I was quite surprised at how easy this particular no dig fence panel was to put together. We did run up against a few snafus like not taking into account the overhanging roof when trying to place the post over the anchor that enabled this to be a no dig system, but overall it was fast and easy!

After our adventures in fence panel building, we were so glad that we had leftovers of this cabbage salad with lentils to dine on when we were done. 

Light lunch of cabbage salad with lentils and peanuts

Serving Suggestions for this cabbage salad with lentils:

This cabbage salad with lentils is tasty and satisfying by itself. 

However, you could also pair it with this air fryer salmon or this cilantro lime chicken for a heartier meal.

If you would like to keep things on the light side, then follow this salad up with your favorite frozen yogurt and fruit blend.

Enjoying Fage Splitcup after Easy cabbage salad with lentils

Or, follow it up with a delicious vegan vanilla cupcake (keeping the whole meal plant based). Or, with a slice of this chocolate cake for a rich and indulgent finish to a tasty meal!

Quick Lunch Ideas

Light lunch of cabbage salad with lentils and peanuts

Easy Cabbage Salad with Lentils Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Made with only 9 ingredients, this easy Cabbage Salad with Lentils is a nutritious, tasty, low carb, and super quick meal your family is sure to enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger (or 2 tsps grated ginger)
  • 1 small green cabbage
  • 1 can lentils
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp peanuts (spiced or lightly salted or your favorite)
  • Handful of parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop onion, ginger and garlic. 
  2. Add oil to a pan and add in the red onion and saute 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring often so the onion doesn't burn.
  3. While the onion cooks, chop the cabbage up roughly.
  4. Also, drain and rinse the canned lentils.
  5. Add in the garlic and ginger to the pan with the onion and saute about 4-5 minutes, stirring well
  6. Add in the cabbage and the spices, stir well and saute about 10 minutes.
  7. Add in the parsley and stir well. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Garnish with peanuts and more parsley of desired and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 209Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 0mgSodium 107mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 7gSugar 4gProtein 7g

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David @ Spiced

Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

Look at you two with that fence project! Well done. :-) We'll call that an excellent "COVID project." We've found ourselves doing a ton of backyard projects this summer, too. This salad sounds delicious...and I think we actually have all of the ingredients in the house right now, too. Excellent lunch idea!

angiesrecipes

Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

This makes a filling and delicious weekday meal! I like the combo of lentils and cabbage. I like that fence panel and you two young ladies are really cool putting up that alone...I would have problems to figure all that out...

Nathan

Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

My roommates are all vegan, so this looks like the perfect meal to throw together for all of us! Can't wait to try it out :)

Traci

Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

I love cabbage and lentils together and I love the seasonings in this recipe. Thanks for sharing :)

Julia

Monday 21st of September 2020

The fall flavors are amazing! I haven't seen many recipes for cabbage salad, so I am happy I found one. Will definitely be giving it a try!