This lentil salad is easy to prepare and can be served as a side dish, or transformed into a main dish using our recipe variations.

Easy Lentil Salad

Lentils are a truly healthful food, high in protein and potassium and low in fat. This salad recipe is super simple and very versatile.

It can be served as a side dish, warm or chilled, or as a main course using one of the variations below.

To make this lentil salad into a main dish:

Vegetarian Greek Lentil Salad:

Replace the sherry vinegar in the recipe with the juice and zest of 1 lemon and add 6 ounces of crumbled feta cheese and 1/2 cup chopped, pitted kalamata olives.

Spanish Style Lentil Salad:

Omit the oregano from the recipe and add 2 links of chopped, cooked chorizo, 3 ounces of manchego cheese cut into small cuber, 1/4 cup toasted almonds, and a pinch of smoked paprika.

Both of these main dish variations make 4 generous servings.

Easy Lentil Salad

Easy Lentil Salad

Yield: 8 side dish servings or 4 generous main dish servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This lentil salad is easy to prepare and can be served as a side dish, or transformed into a main dish using our recipe variations.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups lentils
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth or water (or combination)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely chopped
  • Pinch of dried oregano
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the lentils, broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt and bay leaves in a large pan.
  2. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce the heat and cover.
  3. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. Remove from the heat and discard the bay leaves.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and dried oregano.
  5. Add to the lentils along with the green onion and red bell pepper and mix thoroughly.
  6. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before adding the tomato and parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 93mg Carbohydrates: 18g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 9g
Note: Nutrition information is estimated and may vary from your actual results.