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Greek Lentil Salad

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Spoon scooping lentil salad

Prep

10 minutes

Cook

20 minutes

Yield

6

Let me introduce you to the ultimate Greek lentil salad that is so tasty, so easy, and so flavorful. This recipe is a great recipe to whip up for lunches for the week. It combines go-to Greek salad ingredients like feta, red pepper, cucumber, and onions, but I’ve made it heartier by adding in lentils. Lentils are such a great substitute for vegans and vegetarians because they bulk up any meal by adding protein. This recipe is definitely inspired by my Greek roots and my Mom always putting together the best Greek salads growing up. 

Spoon scooping lentil salad

Why you’ll love this lentil salad: 

  • Easy: This lentil salad recipe will only take you 30-minutes from start to finish 
  • Flavorful: I’ve added in some fresh herbs to this salad on top of the delicious Greek dressing that really elevates the flavors 
  • Meal Prep: This recipe is great for meal prepping. Prep it on Sunday to have for the week for lunches 

Ingredients for lentil salad on a cutting board

Ingredient Notes: 

Lentils: Lentils are really what makes this lentil salad super filling. Lentils are so versatile and loaded with nutrients. They support a healthy heart, digestive system, and are an excellent source of plant-based protein. For this recipe I used Bob’s Red Mill lentils. I choose their green lentils for this salad as they are a bit spicy and are the most intensely flavored in the lentil family.

Greek Salad Dressing: I have a super simple recipe for Greek salad dressing. It only takes 5-ingredients and 5-minutes of your time to make. You’ll never buy store bought again. 

Fresh, chopped ingredients for lentil salad in a big white serving bowl

Dressing being mixed with a whisk in a white bowl

How to make lentil salad: 

  1. Prepare your lentils, cooking it to the instructions on the Bob’s Red Mill bag or your preferred doneness. 
  2. Drain and rinse the lentils with cold water. Set aside. 
  3. Make the Greek Salad Dressing. Set aside.
  4. Dice the cucumber, red pepper, tomatoes, and red onion to resemble the size of one or two peas.
  5. Finely chop the chives, dill, basil, and mint.
  6. Add the cooled lentils, diced vegetables, and chopped herbs to a large bowl.
  7. Pour the dressing over top and toss the ingredients together.
  8. Season to taste and ENJOY!

Close-up of bowl of lentil salad

Expert Tips & FAQ: 

Meal Prep: Prepare your salad a few days in advance! It can keep in the fridge for 4 – 5 days.

How can I make this salad vegan? To make this vegan swap the feta with your favorite dairy-free option!

Customize: Customize this salad and add or swap any ingredients you wish! Adding avocado, shredded carrot, or even the addition of soft lettuce would be delicious!!

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Spoon scooping lentil salad

Greek Lentil Salad

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Vegetarian
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Gluten-Free
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This delicious, hearty lentil salad recipe is packed with nutrients and protein from the lentils, and all the delicious flavors of a Greek salad.


Ingredients

Scale

1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Lentils

½ long English cucumber

1 large red pepper

2 medium tomatoes

1 medium red onion

1/3 cup feta

½ cup chives 

¼ cup fresh dill 

¼ cup fresh basil 

23 tbsp fresh mint 

46 tbsp Greek Salad Dressing

2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp black pepper


Instructions

Prepare your lentils, cooking it to the instructions on the Bob’s Red Mill bag or your preferred doneness. 

Drain and rinse the lentils with cold water. Set aside. 

Make the Greek Salad Dressing. Set aside.

Dice the cucumber, red pepper, tomatoes, and red onion to resemble the size of one or two peas.

Finely chop the chives, dill, basil, and mint.

Add the cooled lentils, diced vegetables, and chopped herbs to a large bowl.

Pour the dressing over top and toss the ingredients together.

Season to taste and ENJOY!

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Notes

Prepare your salad a few days in advance! It can keep in the fridge for 4 – 5 days.

To make this vegan swap the feta with your favorite dairy-free option!

Customize this salad and add or swap any ingredients you wish! Adding avocado, shredded carrot, or even the addition of soft lettuce would be delicious!!

This is the PERFECT nutrient-packed meal for a busy lifestyle!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 208
  • Sugar: 2.4g
  • Sodium: 140.6mg
  • Fat: 12.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.6g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Protein: 4.9g
  • Cholesterol: 11.3mg

Keywords: feta, recipe, warm

Jackie Di Pasquale

This was even more delicious than I thought it would be! Will become my weekly staple for quick and healthy lunches and will definitely be making this for all potlucks!

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much for the love on this, jackie!

Megan P

Super easy, delicious, and filling. Have added it to our weekly repertoire!

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much for the love my sweet friend and supporter!

Megan moore

This was so good and so filling. I added a little more of the Greek dressing though bc I love a little too much dressing. This will deff be a constant summer meal!

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much!! this makes me so happy!

Maria

Super quick to throw together! Just saw the recipe and made it for tomorrow’s lunch already 😻

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much for the love, hun!

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