Mediteranean lentil salad mixed with bright bell peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers amongst the lentils

Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Freezer Friendly?: No
Prep Ahead?: Yes
Does it Keep?: 4 Days
Type: Salad, Secret Main Dish, Side Dish
Special Diets: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Lentils (if cooking): 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Alex Alexander
Bright, refreshing and packed with plant-based protein this side dish could easily be a main dish. This is the perfect dish for every picnic, potluck or meal prep come Spring and Fall. 
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups green lentils I prefer any storebought pre-cooked (normally green lentils) OR cook beluga lentils at home
  • 2 red bell peppers diced
  • 1 cup tomatoes diced
  • 1 large cucumber diced
  • 1 cup parsley roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup mint roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons z'atar OPTIONAL
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives roughly chopped
  • 1 cup feta crumbled

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl combine cooked lentils, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, mint, kalamata olives, feta, and za'atar. 
  • In a small bowl whisk red wine vinegar and dijion mustard to combine. Whisk the red wine mixutre while slowly streaming in the olive oil. Once all combined, add salt and pepper. 
  • Pour dressing over the lentil mixture. Mix to combine. 

Notes

SERVE - Delicious to top with chicken, shrimp, steak or tofu if you'd like to add additional protein. I also love to serve this on top of arugula if we are at home. 
PREP AHEAD - Mix everything together and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to FOUR days. 
**VEGAN/ DAIRY FREE** - Ignore the feta cheese. It will be just as amazing without it. 

Nutrition

Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 517mg | Potassium: 406mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1975IU | Vitamin C: 53.3mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 2.8mg