Lentil Salad – Cooking Classy

A delicious and healthy Lentil Salad recipe! It’s made with protein rich lentils, roasted bell pepper, cool crisp cucumber, bright red onion, fresh herbs, tangy feta, and it’s finished with a vibrant lemon dressing. It’s the perfect way to upgrade lentils.

Lentil salad shown in a white ceramic serving bowl.  Made with green lentils, bell pepper, red onion, feta, cucumber and dressing.

Lentil Salad

This makes a great lunch or dinner side. It has an abundance of freshness along with a good heartiness to it, and it’s easy to make.

You’ll find it has a great blend of textures and flavors and it pairs beautifully with chicken or salmon.

You can use a variety of herbs based on what you have. I always like to include parsley then for the second herb addition opt for either cilantro, basil or mint – each will give a different flavor profile so it’s nice to switch things up.

Serve it room temperature or nice and chilled for a refreshing salad (just keep in the fridge within 2 hours of preparing).

Ingredients used to make fresh lentil salad.

Lentil Salad Recipe Ingredients

  • Green or brown lentils (use variety with 20 minute cook time)
  • Hot water
  • Bell pepper
  • English cucumber
  • Red onion
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro (also delicious with mint or basil instead)
  • Feta
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey
  • Dijon mustard
  • Garlic
  • Salt

Steps of cooking lentils and roasting bell pepper.

How to Cook Lentils for Salad

  1. Pour lentils and water into a large saucepan, add a few dashes of salt.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until lentils are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Drain lentils into a colander then rinse under cold water for about 20 seconds to stop them from cooking, drain well.
  4. Leave to cool for at least 15 minutes to use in the salad.

Making dressing and chopping ingredients for lentil salad.

How to Make Lentil Salad

  1. While the lentils are cooking, prepare the dressing. In a small mixing bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, honey, dijon mustard, garlic, and season with salt to taste (I start with 1/4 tsp then add more to the salad to taste).
  2. Roast a red bell pepper by roasting over the flame of a gas stove (using metal tongs to turn), until well charred on all sides. Or if you don’t have a gas stove roast under the broiler on a baking sheet, turning every few minutes until charred on all sides. Let rest on a cutting board until cool then seed and chop.
  3. To prepare the salad in a large bowl gently toss together cooled lentils, cooled bell pepper, cucumber, onion, parsley, cilantro, feta and the dressing (taste for more salt if needed).

Overhead photo of lentil salad in a large serving bowl.

How long does it keep?

  • This lentil salad should keep well for up to two 2 days in the fridge.
  • Freezing is not recommended (the cucumber won’t freeze well).

Can I use French lentils?

  • Yes French lentils will work in this salad as well in place of green or brown.
  • Red lentils will work too but keep in mind they are softer so they likely won’t hold up quite as well.

Lentil salad close up photo.

More Delicious Lentil Recipes to Try

Lentil salad shown in a white ceramic serving bowl.  Made with green lentils, bell pepper, red onion, feta, cucumber and dressing.

Lentil Salad

A delicious salad made with protein rich lentils, roasted bell pepper, cool crisp cucumber, bright red onion, fresh herbs, tangy feta, and it’s finished with a vibrant lemon dressing. It’s the perfect way to upgrade lentils!

Servings: 5

Preparation20 minutes

Cook20 minutes

Cool15 minutes

Ready in: 55 minutes

  • 1 cup dry green or brown lentils, picked over and rinsed*
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups seeded, diced English cucumber
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, mint, or basil
  • 4 oz. feta, crumbled

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (1 clove)
  • Salt, two keys
  • Pour lentils and water into a large saucepan, add a few dashes of salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until lentils are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Drain lentils into a colander then rinse under cold water for about 20 seconds to stop them from cooking, drain well. Let rest until cool for at least 15 minutes.

  • While the lentils are cooking, prepare the dressing. In a small mixing bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, honey, dijon mustard, garlic, and season with salt to taste (I start with 1/4 tsp then add more to the salad to taste).

  • Roast a red bell pepper by roasting over the flame of a gas stove (using metal tongs to turn), until well charred on all sides. Or if you don’t have a gas stove roast under the broiler on a baking sheet, turning every few minutes until charred on all sides. Let rest on a cutting board until cool then seed and chop.

  • To prepare the salad in a large bowl gently toss together cooled lentils, cooled bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, parsley, cilantro, feta and the dressing (taste for more salt if needed).

  • Can serve right away or keep in the fridge for up to 2 days.

*Each type of lentil can look different for a variety that cooks in 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Lentil Salad

Amount Per Serving

Calories 359
Calories from Fat 180

% Daily Value*

Barrel 20g31%

Saturated Fat 5g31%

Polyunsaturated Fat 2g

Monounsaturated Fat 12g

Cholesterol 20 mg7%

Sodium 292 mg13%

Potassium 664 mg19%

Carbohydrates 32g11%

Fiber 13g54%

Sugar 5g6%

Protein 15g30%

Vitamin A 2265 IU45%

Vitamin C 57 mg69%

Calcium 170 mg17%

Iron 4 mg22%

* Percent Daily Values ​​are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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