Lentil Salad

5 from 12 votes

Simple to make and delicious to eat, this vegan lentil salad is made with fresh ingredients and makes for a really versatile side dish.

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Simple and easy to make, this green lentil salad is made with chickpeas and fresh veggies for one delicious side dish. It’s perfect for meal prep and is full of healthy and natural ingredients. Tossed in a zingy lemon dressing, it’s absolutely fresh and bright in flavor.

Large bowl of lentil salad made with chickpeas

Ingredients & substitutions

  • Green lentils: Look for the small ones for the best consistency. When they cook, they have a nice bite to them without being too soft. You can substitute with other types of green lentils, but don’t use red lentils since they tend to become too soft when boiled.
  • Chickpeas: Drain and rinse the chickpeas well before using them. If you don’t like chickpeas, you can think about using white beans instead for a similar type of taste and texture.
  • Red peppers: Use roasted red peppers rather than raw, which you can buy in jars at your local grocery store. Roasted peppers are sweeter and have a softer texture. You can substitute with raw if you’d like though.
  • Cucumbers: This recipe uses Persian cucumbers as they have thinner skin and less seeds than English. They are interchangeable though if you can’t get Persian.
  • Red onions: Red onions are milder than white or yellow so are great to use raw in salads. Dice them finely so that they aren’t too overpowering.
  • Parsley: For a burst of herby fresh flavor.
  • Dressing: Olive oil, lemon juice, zaatar, cumin, garlic salt and pepper.
Ingredients to make the recipe

How to make this lentil salad

  1. Cook and drain the lentils. Make sure they’re al dente and not too soft.
  2. Rinse in cold water and place in a large bowl.
  3. Add the rest of the chopped salad ingredients to the bowl on top of the lentils
  4. Pour over the dressing and toss to combine.
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Tips for making the salad

  1. Don’t overcook the green lentils. They should still have a slight bite to them, so give them a little test before draining. Overcooked lentils can become soft and mushy, so they’ll break up when you mix them with the other ingredients.
  2. Allow the lentils to cool before adding any other ingredients. If they are still warm, they will start to cook and soften the other salad ingredients. When you drain them, rinse them under cold water to cool them quickly and stop the cooking process.
  3. Chop everything finely. This will make all the ingredients easier to combine, so you get an even mix of everything.
  4. Customize it. This easy lentil salad is easy to make your own. You can swap the parsley for another fresh herb like cilantro or dill, and add in other salad veggies like raw bell peppers or tomatoes. Make it a fuller meal by adding in some cooked shredded chicken.

Frequently asked questions

Do you serve it warm or cold?

This lentil salad is meant to be served cold. If the lentils are warm, the rest of the ingredients will soften so you don’t get all of those crunchy textures.

Can you make it ahead of time?

Yes, this is a great make ahead salad and it’s perfect for picnics and cookouts. The dressed salad will keep well covered in the fridge for 24 hours, but undressed it will keep for around 4 days. The dressing will keep for 1 to 2 weeks in a sealed jar or bottle.

What do you serve it with?

This salad is a great side for all of your favorite main meals, and it also makes for a great meal prep lunch. Try it with:
Pan Seared Chicken Thighs
Salsa Black Bean Burger
Salmon Cakes
Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Two small bowls of lentil salad with spoon inside of one

The flavors in this simple lentil salad are so bright and fresh, and it’s loaded with fiber and protein so you can feel great about serving it. Simple, delicious and healthy.

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Lentil Salad

Simple to make and delicious to eat, this vegan lentil salad is made with fresh ingredients and makes for a really versatile side dish.
5 from 12 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Salad, Side Dish
Calories 405
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup small green whole lentils
  • 1 15 ounce can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1-2 Persian cucumbers small diced
  • ½ cup roasted red peppers small diced
  • ½ cup red onion small diced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped

Dressing

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon zaatar
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 garlic clove pressed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • In a large pot of salted boiling water, place the lentils and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Once cooked, drain the lentils and rinse in cold water to chill. Transfer to a large serving bowl.
  • While the lentils are cooking, whisk together the salad dressing ingredients until well combined.
  • Add the remaining salad ingredients on top of the lentils.
  • When ready to serve, pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss to combine.

Notes

Storage: The undressed salad will keep well covered in the fridge for 3 days. 
Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use. 

Nutrition

Calories: 405kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 854mg, Potassium: 794mg, Fiber: 20g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 510IU, Vitamin C: 24mg, Calcium: 102mg, Iron: 6mg

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  1. This is one of those “sum is more than the parts” recipes – it’s really DELICIOUS!!! And I realize I’m raving about lentils and chickpeas. The balance of flavors is just great – is absolutely going to be in my recipe rotation for the future. I added some marinated baked tofu for a little extra protein too 🙂