Healthy Lentil Salad Recipes

Find healthy, delicious lentil salad recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Mediterranean Lentil & Kale Salad

The kale and lentils in this Mediterranean-inspired salad recipe are combined with sweet red peppers and a bold garlic and dried tomato vinaigrette. To cut down on prep time, we use refrigerated steamed lentils, but offer instructions on preparing your own.

Mixed Greens with Lentils & Sliced Apple

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This salad with lentils, feta and apple is a satisfying vegetarian entree to whip together for lunch. To save time, swap in drained canned lentils--just make sure to look for low-sodium and give them a rinse before adding them to the salad.

Lentil & Roasted Vegetable Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

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Goddess dressing typically gets its umami-ness from anchovies, but we use miso in this super green salad recipe to keep it vegetarian. Substitute 2 chopped anchovies for the miso if you like. Or add baked tofu, poached salmon or grilled chicken for a boost of protein.

Lemony Lentil Salad with Salmon

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Salmon and lentils are a familiar combo in French bistro cooking; here they combine in a quick and easy salad. For the best presentation, flake the salmon with a fork, then stir gently into the salad to keep it in chunks, not tiny bits.

Rice & Lentil Salad

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A simple dressing of sherry vinegar, Dijon mustard and paprika flavors this rice and lentil salad. It's a great way to use up leftovers.

Quick Lentil Salmon Salad

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In this budget-friendly salmon recipe, canned salmon tops lentils, carrots and celery--ingredients you probably have on hand already. Fiber-rich lentils come in a variety of colors and they typically cook faster than dried beans, so they're a great choice for a fast weeknight dinner.

Moroccan Lentil Salad

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This healthy date, carrot and lentil salad recipe is flavored with a spiced preserved-lemon dressing. While most salads taste best when freshly assembled, lentil salads appreciate time for the flavors to marry so try to make it at least a few hours ahead if you can. Bring the salad to room temperature before serving and adjust salt if needed.

Warm Lentil Salad with Sausage & Apple

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We like the firmer texture of French green lentils in this hearty dinner salad featuring sausage and tart apples. Serve with pickled beets and your favorite beer.

Lemony Lentil Salad with Feta

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Serve this Middle Eastern-inspired salad with whole-wheat pitas and melon wedges.

Spiced Eggplant-Lentil Salad with Mango

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Spiced eggplant, lentils and mangoes combine deliciously in this Indian-inspired vegetarian salad. Customize the spiciness of this by choosing mild, medium or hot versions of salsa, chili powders and curry powder. The flavor is even better when the salad is prepared ahead. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

Apple & Ginger Lentil Salad

Crunchy apples are chopped finely to match the size of tiny lentils and toasted sunflower seeds in this healthy lentil salad recipe. Enjoy any leftovers in a whole-wheat pita with some crumbled goat cheese for a quick, healthy vegetarian lunch.

Couscous, Lentil & Arugula Salad with Garlic-Dijon Vinaigrette

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This hearty combination of whole-wheat couscous and lentils perched atop a lightly dressed bed of arugula makes a tasty vegetarian main-course salad. The lemony vinaigrette is especially good for bringing out the spicy notes of the arugula.

Inspiration and Ideas

Warm Lentil Salad with Sausage & Apple for Two

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We like the firmer texture of French green lentils in this hearty dinner salad for two featuring sausage and tart apples. Serve with pickled beets and your favorite beer.

Warm Lentil & Roasted Red Pepper Salad

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Tossed with a garlicky vinaigrette and sweet roasted peppers, lentils are perfect for a leisurely lunch. Plus, like dried beans, lentils are rich in complex carbohydrates and soluble fiber.