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Lentil Salad

This zippy, fresh Lentil Salad is my latest obsession! With tender lentils, fresh veggies, and the ultimate tangy lemon vinaigrette, you are going to be hooked on this recipe!
Course lunch, Salad, Vegetarian
Cuisine American, Healthy, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
Keyword lentil salad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Lentil Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 339kcal
Cost $7.12



  • 1 cup (200g) dried green or brown lentils
  • 1 cup (225g) vegetable broth or chicken stock or broth
  • 1-1/2 cups (342g) water
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Fine sea salt and pepper


  • 1/2 cup (85g) coarsely chopped sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil Note 1
  • 1-1/2 cups (205g) chopped Persian or English cucumber Note 2
  • 3/4 cup (75g) diced red onion Note 3
  • 1/2 cup (23g) finely chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley Note 4
  • 1/3 cup (47g) crumbled feta cheese

Lemon Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons (29g) red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons (9g) Dijon mustard do not use regular mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 cup (46g) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (32g) freshly squeezed lemon juice + 2 teaspoons lemon zest


  • LENTILS: Rinse the lentils in a fine-mesh sieve. Pick out any debris or shriveled lentils. Combine the rinsed lentils, vegetable/chicken broth, water, and Italian seasoning in a small pot. Season to taste. (I add 1 teaspoon fine sea salt.) Stir and cook over medium-high heat until the liquid comes to a simmer; reduce to medium-low heat and cover with a lid. Keep the lentils simmering until tender, about 20-25 minutes (check at 20 minutes). Remove from heat and strain. Rinse in cold water for 30 seconds to a minute or until fully cooled. Fully drain off any liquid and add lentils to a large bowl. Place in the fridge to continue cooling while preparing the rest of the salad.
  • DRESSING: Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a jar. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (I add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.) Cover and shake vigorously to combine. Refrigerate while preparing the rest of the salad.
  • SALAD: To the bowl of cooked and cooled lentils, add in the coarsely chopped sun-dried tomatoes, diced cucumber, diced red onion, finely chopped parsley, and feta cheese.
  • DRESS: Add dressing to desired preference. (We add all the dressing, but you may not want it all. You may be surprised at how the lentils soak up the dressing -- it makes them extra tasty and may want to add more as it settles or stores.) Toss and add more dressing, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • SERVE: Serve immediately or chill for up to 2-3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. Toss well before serving -- a lot of the dressing settles to the bottom.


Note 1: Sun-dried tomatoes: These are my current favorite sun-dried tomatoes. They’re sliced (julienne cut) and packed with herbs and olive oil, and pack such a punch of flavor in this salad. I don't recommend the sun-dried tomatoes in a packet; they're too dry for this salad.
Note 2: Cucumbers: I don't recommend regular cucumbers because they lack flavor and texture. They also break down more quickly which isn't ideal for this salad. Stick to English or Persian (sometimes labeled as mini) cucumbers. This recipe will use about 2-3 Persian/mini cucumbers or 1 large English cucumber.
Note 3: Onion: This recipe uses about 1/2 of a large red onion. We love the bite red onion adds, but note that it does intensify as this dish is stored. If you are sensitive to red onion, feel free to reduce or leave out this ingredient. Alternatively, it can be replaced with green onions or shallots, which are both a bit milder.
Note 4: Parsley: Look for flat-leaf Italian parsley and curly parsley in the produce section of the store. Avoid curly parsley, it's usually used as a garnish and won't contribute much flavor to this salad. If you don't like parsley, you can use fresh basil or cilantro instead. You'll need about 3/4 of 1 large bunch for this recipe.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 392mg | Potassium: 891mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2103IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 5mg