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A hearty Mediterranean lentil salad loaded with flavor. This cold lentil salad is perfect as a summer dinner or work lunch. 

A beautiful Mediterranean lentil salad bowl with cucumber, tomatoes, olives, feta, and bell pepper. Greek salad dressing sits on the side.

One of my most popular recipes last summer was my Greek Salad with Chickpeas. I couldn’t believe it when that little video soared to over a million views on Facebook. It’s one of my favorite summer salads though, so I understand why it was so popular. As much as I love chickpeas, I often make a similar salad with all those great Mediterranean flavors, but with lentils.

This cold lentil salad has so many bright colors and and flavors. Since it doesn’t have any lettuce that would wilt, it’s perfect for packing in a jar and taking to work, making early in the day and bringing to pot-lucks, making on food prep day, or enjoying for dinner on a warm day.

Mediterranean lentil salad ingredients on a white countertop include cooked green lentils, tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, and olives.

This easy Mediterranean lentil salad is made with simple everyday ingredients. I’ve shared a bunch of other lentil recipes here, from my super popular Vegan Lentil Meatloaf, to Lentil BologneseLentil Meatballs, to Lentil Stuffed Mushrooms. In the winter, of course, I’m all about my favorite Lentil Soup. I love lentils because they are a great source of plant-based protein and iron. Lentils pack about 18 grams of protein per cup, according to the USDA. They’re also filling and packed with fiber.

I like to use French green lentils here and cook them myself, as opposed to using the vacuum packed lentils you can find at Trader Joe’s. You wouldn’t want to use red lentils in this recipe as they are too soft. Save those beauties for something like Indian Dal. Cook, drain, and cool the lentils until they are ready to go into the salad bowl with the veggies and vinaigrette.

Cold vegan lentil salad with colorful Greek inspired ingredients in a wooden salad bowl.

I use traditional Greek or Mediterranean salad ingredients here like cucumber, red and yellow bell pepper, kalamata olives, sliced red onion, and tomatoes. If you don’t like raw onions (I love them), try thinly sliced shallots, which are milder. I love to add flavor and freshness with heaps of fresh herbs. Italian parsley and mint work well here. Unfortunately I was out of herbs for the photo shoot, but you’ll see them in the video.

Feta is the traditional cheese to use in Greek style salads and it really adds such nice salty creaminess. As I try to avoid dairy, I like to use a soft cultured nut-based cheese from brands like Heidi Ho, Treeline, or Kite Hill. They are incredibly tasty.

A Greek style red wine vinaigrette gets poured over a Mediterranean lentil salad with feta, cucumber, bell pepper, and olives.

The light vinaigrette dressing for this Mediterranean lentil salad is similar to what I used in my Greek Chickpea Salad. It’s a classic combination of extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon, and oregano. I like to add a little Dijon mustard to help emulsify the dressing.

A delicious tossed Mediterranean lentil salad in a wooden salad bowl. This colorful lentil salad is naturally vegetarian or vegan.

Add as much dressing as you’d like and then mix the whole thing together. This flavorful lentil salad keeps for several days in the fridge, so you can grab a bowl of it whenever you’re hungry. I love knowing there’s always an easy meal or snack ready to go that’s is filled with vitamins and minerals to fuel my day.

A delicious Mediterranean lentil salad made with cold green lentils, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and a Greek style vinaigrette. This cold lentil salad is vegetarian or vegan and perfect for meal prep as a jar salad recipe.

Mediterranean Lentil Salad

A hearty and flavorful cold lentil salad with Greek and Mediterranean flavors. This vegetarian or vegan lentil salad is a great summer dinner or lunch to make on meal prep days.

Ingredients:

For the Dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

For the Salad

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked, drained, and cooled French green or brown lentils
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup sliced Persian cucumbers
  • 1 cup diced red or yellow bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, halved
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled soft cheese such as Feta (I use a non-dairy cheese from Treeline, Kite Hill, or Heidi Ho)
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped

Directions:

  1. To make the dressing, in a small bowl or jar, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, oregano, and salt. Set aside. Note, the vinaigrette will probably separate and need whisking again before dressing.
  2. In a large salad bowl, arrange the cooked lentils, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, olives, onions, cheese, and parsley.
  3. Dress with desired amount of vinaigrette. Cover and refrigerate, or enjoy right away.

Notes:

Nutrition information is approximate and calculated by a third party site. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again.

Nutrition Information

Yield: Serve 6 , Serving Size: 1/6 recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 196
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 7g