Mediterranean Lentil Salad

This Mediterranean lentil salad marries sautéed tomatoes, fresh basil and feta with steamed lentils for a hearty, flavorful vegetarian meal that takes less than 20 minutes to prepare!

I’m really excited because I’ve found another easy weeknight dinner to add to my arsenal! This lentil salad is quick, delicious and perfect for all seasons because it can be served warm or cold.

Plate with a bed of fresh spinach topped with a warm Mediterranean salad, topped with feta and avocado.

Pre-Cooked Steamed Lentils

You can totally plan ahead and cook your own lentils, but this dish is an absolute breeze to whip up with pre-cooked, steamed lentils. I’ve seen steamed lentils at different grocery stores in the produce section. Stores like Kroger carry the Melissa’s steamed lentils and steamed lentils are one of  my favorite items to buy from Trader Joe’s.

Pre-cooked lentils are perfect for tossing together quick protein-packed vegetarian meals. Usually I just serve them as a side or use them as a salad topper, but recently I decided to spruce them up a little. The result is this lentil salad recipe I’m sharing with you today.

Trader Joe's Steamed Lentils

Plate with a bed of fresh spinach topped with a warm Mediterranean salad, topped with feta and avocado.

Ingredients in this Mediterranean Lentil Salad

You only need a handful of ingredients to make this lentil salad:

  • lentils – again, I love buying pre-cooked lentils, but you can always cook your own too!
  • garlic and red onion
  • tomatoes
  • balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil and sea salt
  • fresh basil
  • feta
  • raisins
  • avocado

How to Make Lentil Salad

This lentil salad is one of the easiest salad recipes I’ve ever shared, especially if you’re using pre-cooked lentils.

That said, if you aren’t using pre-cooked lentils, cook the lentils according to package directions, until the lentils are tender.

Once lentils are ready, sauté your red onion and garlic until fragrant. Add in the tomatoes and salt and cook for 10 minutes, until tomatoes are softened. Add balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan and then add in the cooked lentils. Stir everything to combine and cook for an additional minute or two. Add in the fresh basil, feta cheese and raisins. Remove from the heat and serve over brown rice or baby spinach.

Top with fresh avocado slices and more cheese! Are you an olive fan? Kalamata olives would be delicious with this as well.

Plate with a bed of fresh spinach topped with a warm Mediterranean salad, topped with feta and avocado.

This mediterranean lentil salad recipe is versatile and works great for meal prep because it tastes delicious served hot or cold. The first night I plated the warm lentil mixture over a bed of fresh spinach with a few chunks of avocado on top. And the next day I served it up the same way for lunch — only as a cold salad. I liked it both ways!

If you like lentils and Mediterranean flavors, you’re going to L-O-V-E this quick and easy meal. Trust me. 🙂

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If you make this mediterranean lentil salad please leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turned out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers. 

Plate with a bed of fresh spinach topped with a warm Mediterranean salad, topped with feta and avocado.

Sautéed Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Brittany Mullins
This Mediterranean lentil salad marries sautéed tomatoes, fresh basil and feta with steamed lentils for a hearty, flavorful vegetarian meal that takes less than 20 minutes to prepare!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 17 mins
Course Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 3
Calories 324 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked French lentils
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup red onion diced
  • 1 cup tomatoes diced
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbed feta
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 avocado sliced

Instructions
 

  • Cook lentils according to package instructions if you didn't buy prepared lentils.
  • Heat olive oil over medium heat in a saucepan. Add in onions and garlic and sauté until fragrant and onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes and sea salt, cover and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring often until tomatoes have softened. Add balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan. Add in cooked lentils, give the mixture a stir and cook for another minute or two — until lentils are just warm.
  • Add basil, feta and raisins. Give the mixture a good stir to combine everything, remove from heat and serve.
  • Serve lentils over cooked brown rice or baby spinach. Top with fresh avocado slices and an extra sprinkle of feta.

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Nutrition

Serving: 3/4 cupCalories: 324kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 15gFat: 13gFiber: 12gSugar: 15g
Keyword lentil salad
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    43 comments
    1. Sarah
      April 16, 2021 AT 12:46 pm

      5 stars
      This was very good! I had to sub fresh cilantro as no basil was available but otherwise kept to recipe. The flavors are very balanced and work well together.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 19, 2021 AT 12:45 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Sarah! Thanks for coming back to leave a review. It means the world to me!

    2. Syb
      February 1, 2021 AT 5:39 am

      5 stars
      This was a quick, easy, and delicious recipe. Instead, of raisins we used green olives. We also mixed rice in dish and added fresh chopped cucumbers. I loved the taste if the balsamic in the dish. Great recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 1, 2021 AT 3:28 pm

        Woo!! So glad you loved this salad. Thanks so much for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!!

    3. Annabel
      December 23, 2020 AT 11:28 pm

      5 stars
      This was simple to make and is really nice served over shredded spinach!

    4. Lynn Lawton
      November 24, 2020 AT 2:05 pm

      5 stars
      This is delicious, quick and easy to make too!

    5. Alan
      October 12, 2020 AT 8:31 pm

      5 stars
      Great recipe… thank you

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