Best Vegan Warm Swiss Chard Lentil Salad is going to be your new go to salad with fresh red swiss chard, brown lentils, caramelized onions and tossed with a mustard vinaigrette and topped with crunchy roasted almonds.
Served warmed or at room temperature this Best Vegan Warm Swiss Chard Lentil Salad rocks.
Is sure to be a fall/winter favorite. We love salad but eating cold foods in the fall or winter is not our favorite. If you have not had a chance to read our Feed your Spleen: Nourish Your Body article you can learn why eating cold foods is hard on your digestive system any time of the year.
Why you Need This Best Vegan Warm Swiss Chard Lentil Salad in your Life
You are going to love all the textures in this Best Vegan Warm Swiss Chard Lentil Salad. You get the crunch from the almonds, bite of the swiss chard and comfort of brown lentils. However, it is the zip of that tangy salad dressing that is going to make you dig in for seconds.
Holidays Just got Easier with this Vegan Recipe
How about those colors? These fun red and green colors will have your dining room table all decked out for the holiday in a healthy way. If you are vegan and the rest of your family is not, volunteer to bring this side dish. You can eat to your fill and your family can still enjoy their birds, hams, lamb or whatever protein happens to be on the menu. This also applies if you are not vegan and your inviting someone who is. There is no need to crack out the tofu Turkey. That is not necessary when the sides are really the star of the holidays anyways. Volunteer to bring the Vegan Warm Swiss Chard Lentil Salad and you will be well loved by all.
More Fall and Winter Salads Ideas to fit your Busy Lifestyle
Another couple of fall salads that you will love are our Nutty Ginger Tamari Quinoa Salad as you can also serve this one warmed or at room temperature. Our Festive Autumn Salad makes a lovely side dish for Turkey dinner. If you are feeling low on energy our Autumn Kale Salad with energizing greens and nourishing dates will have you feeling better in a flash. Be sure to try our Dried Cranberry Sugar Glazed Pecan Holiday Salad as it is a show stopper around the Holidays and pretty enough to be your centerpiece. . My goodness, can you believe that? Thanksgiving already in a month. Where has the time gone. We don’t feel like we have really had a fall yet it went from summer just to winter like temperatures already.
Fun Fact that will make you giggle
We have a large kitchen window overlooking a garden and into the wildlife. We are so amused watching the squirrels prepare for winter. They are bouncing all over the yard. Interesting fact...Squirrels cannot find 90% of the nuts they hide. True fact. So next time you see that silly squirrel bouncing all over your yard, you can laugh at them uncontrollably because you my friend know exactly where you store your nuts in your kitchen. We quite like the crunch of the almonds in this Best Vegan Warm Swiss Chard Lentil Salad recipe. You can use pecan, walnuts or anything your little heart desires, almonds is just what we happened to have on hand.
Time Saving Ideas for Best Vegan Warm Swiss Chard Lentil Salad
We know you are busy getting sorted so we have some built in time savers so you can get this recipe on your table in just about 15 - 20 minutes. We used canned brown lentils. Huge time saver! With a 4 ingredient, super easy salad dressing this recipe could not be any easier.
Swiss chard is gorgeous in this recipe. However, you can easily substitute with fresh spinach or kale if desired. This weekend is one of the last weekends that the Farmer's market will be open near us. We are missing all of this deliciously fresh produce already.
Best Vegan Warm Swiss Chard Lentil Salad is dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan. If you are not vegan, a little fried pancetta on top or a little goat cheese sprinkled on top is nice.
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Best Vegan Warm Swiss Chard Lentil Salad
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 Onion
peeled and chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic peeled and minced
- 3 cups Swiss chard
- 15 oz Brown lentils –
15 ounces can (pre-cooked drained and rinsed)
- 3 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 tbsp Red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tsp herbs de Provence
- red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup Almonds toasted and chopped roughly (garnish optional)
- In a large frying pan or wok, add olive oil and onions and fry until golden brown. Add garlic and swiss chard (stems) and stir fry for 2-3 minutes until fork tender. Add the lentils and leafy part of the swiss chard and stir fry until the leaves are wilted and the lentils are warmed through.
- Mix olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, herbs de Provence and salt and pepper with a whisk and drizzle over the stir fried swiss chard and lentils. We added a little dash of red pepper flakes but that is optional and up to you. Toss well.
- Serve while warm or at room temperature and garnish with toasted chopped almonds. Enjoy!