Harissa Lentil Salad Recipe | The Mediterranean Dish. A spicy lentil salad with white beans, tomatoes, Middle Eastern spices and harissa paste. A flavor-packed salad or side dish! Comes together in mins. See this recipe and more on

Spicy Harissa Lentil Salad with White Beans

  • Author: The Mediterranean Dish
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4-6 1x


With the addition of white beans, this vegan and gluten-free lentil salad is a meal in its own right. But, it’s usually served as meze (appetizer) or side dish.



  • 1 cup dry brown lentils, rinsed
  • 3 cups water, more for later
  • Olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 1/2 medium sweet onions, thinly sliced or chopped, divided
  • 4 medium tomatoes (on the vine preferred), diced
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 tbsp distilled white vinegar, divided
  • 1/3 cup harrisa paste (Or use 1/2 cup harissa, if you’re looking for more spicy!)
  • 1 14-oz can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 grated carrots
  • Fresh mint for garnish
  • Silvered almonds toasted in a little olive oil for garnish


  1. In a medium sauce pan, combine the lentils and water. Bring to a quick simmer on medium-high heat, then lower the heat and let gently simmer for 20 minutes or so (do not cover). Drain.
  2. In a large cast iron skillet, heat 2 tbsp olive oil. Add the majority of the onions (reserve about 1/2 a cup for later). Add the garlic. Toss briefly until golden.
  3. Add the tomatoes, spices, sugar, salt and 2 tbsp vinegar. Cook for 5 minutes on medium-high heat until the tomatoes soften.
  4. Stir in the harissa paste and 1/2 cup water. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, then add the boiled lentils and the white beans. Stir to combine. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Turn the heat off and stir in 1 tbsp distilled white vinegar.
  6. Transfer the lentil salad to a serving platter. Let cool briefly. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. Before serving, top the lentil salad with a generous drizzle of olive oil. Add the grated carrots, 1/2 cup chopped onions you reserved earlier, fresh mint and almonds. Serve with pita bread or your favorite crusty Italian bread. Enjoy!


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  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Keywords: Lentil, Lentil Salad, Salad, Harissa, White Bean Salad,