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. 

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

Sautéed Mediterranean Lentil Salad


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3

Description

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!


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

  1. Cook lentils according to package instructions if you didn’t buy prepared lentils.
  2. 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.
  3. Add basil, feta and raisins. Give the mixture a good stir to combine everything, remove from heat and serve.
  4. Serve lentils over cooked brown rice or baby spinach. Top with fresh avocado slices and an extra sprinkle of feta.
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 3/4 cup
  • Calories: 324
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Fat: 13g
  • Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Fiber: 12g
  • Protein: 15g

Keywords: lentil salad

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    37 comments
    1. Alan
      October 12, 2020 AT 8:31 pm

      Great recipe… thank you

    2. Beth
      October 12, 2020 AT 7:33 pm

      This recipe is absolutely delectable. Oh my gosh, I cannot thank you enough for this recipe. I have had this bookmarked to make and tonight had the craving, so I went to TJ’s and got the lentils and tomatoes, and got to cooking, and it turned out amazing. I was unsure about the balsamic vinegar component and considered omitting it, but am so glad I didn’t, because it was the thing that really added extra flare and kicked it up several notches and gave it that special element. I didn’t use fresh basil or avocado or feta, and I had used a little bit of white onion as well as the red, b/c I ran out of red, and this literally tasted SO GOOD. One of the best lentil dishes I have ever had, hands down, and I can’t wait to keep making this, and to share the recipe with others who I know will also enjoy it. Thank you!! <3

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 12, 2020 AT 10:51 pm

        Ahh this makes me so happy to hear, Beth. I’m so pumped you’re loving this recipe. Thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    3. CounselorChick
      May 12, 2020 AT 7:26 pm

      This is DELICIOUS! I halved cherry tomatoes. Had to sub whipped cream cheese for the feta & it was amazing! 👅

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 12, 2020 AT 8:59 pm

        Ahh yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this dish! Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    4. Lynn
      January 25, 2020 AT 4:06 pm

      I doubled this for my 3 grown men in my family….they DEVOURED it! I can’t wait to make it again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 26, 2020 AT 7:28 pm

        Amazing!! That makes me so happy to hear, Lynn. Thanks for trying this recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    5. Melanie
      January 9, 2020 AT 9:15 pm

      2/3 of my kids liked this (that’s a win in our house), husband and I loved it. I served it over cooked quinoa and spinach. We will definitely make it again.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 10, 2020 AT 8:15 pm

        That is definitely a win! So glad your family enjoyed this salad, Melanie. Thank you so much for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it! <3

    6. Christina
      January 6, 2020 AT 9:31 pm

      So good! This was so simple and flavorful! I love that you have so many vegetarian options. Just ordered your 6 week meal plan and I am excited to try more of your recipes.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 6, 2020 AT 10:04 pm

        Ahh this makes me so happy to hear, Christina. I’m so glad you enjoyed this salad. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating, I so appreciate it!

    7. Julie
      December 30, 2019 AT 2:49 pm

      This looks delicious! Going to make for lunches soon – always looking for new/unique salad ideas. 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 31, 2019 AT 11:54 am

        Yay! Definitely come back and let me know how it turns out. 🙂

    8. dinh vi xe may
      December 25, 2019 AT 11:11 pm

      great . thank you

    9. Paige Cassandra Flamm
      December 23, 2019 AT 1:55 pm

      This salad looks amazing! I totally need to make this for lunch this week!

      Paige
      http://thehappyflammily.com

    10. Natalie
      September 30, 2019 AT 5:44 pm

      This is such a delicious and easy recipe. I highly recommend it!! This is going to be a new staple in my house!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 30, 2019 AT 7:01 pm

        Hi Natalie, That makes me so happy to hear! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me! <3

    11. Heather
      April 14, 2019 AT 8:20 am

      My daughter is a vegetarian so I am also on the lookout for new recipes to try! This one looks delish!

    12. Rachel Winters
      August 9, 2017 AT 11:16 am

      I made this Sunday for lunches this week. I substituted red wine vinegar for balsamic and dried cranberries for the raisins since that is what I had on hand. I served it over baby spinach. Delicious recipe! I have been a bit obsessed with lentils lately!

    13. Nicole
      August 6, 2015 AT 11:02 am

      I made it on Tuesday night and enjoyed it yesterday for lunch and now today too! SO yum. Thanks 🙂

    14. Kristen
      August 5, 2015 AT 8:00 pm

      This looks awesome! I’ve never had french lentils.

    15. Glenda
      August 5, 2015 AT 3:15 pm

      Enjoying this for lunch right now! Delicious 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 5, 2015 AT 4:38 pm

        Yay!! Thank you so much for trying the recipe, Glenda!

    16. Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
      August 5, 2015 AT 1:07 pm

      How easy and tasty does this sound!? Yum! Pinning!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 5, 2015 AT 4:38 pm

        Thank you so much, Ashley. 🙂

    17. Wendy @ Wholistic Woman
      August 5, 2015 AT 9:11 am

      this looks great! And, we are getting a Trader Joe’s in our town in a few weeks so I will have to look up those lentils.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 5, 2015 AT 4:42 pm

        Ohh, that’s exciting! Trader Joe’s has so many goodies that you’ll have to try.

    18. athleticavocado
      August 5, 2015 AT 7:18 am

      I just got lentils in the mail for a certain campaign but I have lots left so I wanna make this! I love all the mediterranean flavors in this, especially basil 😀

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 5, 2015 AT 4:48 pm

        Perfect timing!! Definitely let me know what you think if you end up trying the recipe. 🙂

    19. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
      August 4, 2015 AT 1:36 pm

      This post just made me so hungry! Yum!

    20. Jamie | The Kitchenarium
      August 4, 2015 AT 1:11 pm

      Love this! Those steamed lentils are such a time saver. We are huge fans in our house.

    21. Sydney | Modern Granola
      August 4, 2015 AT 11:41 am

      Yum! This sounds delicious. This makes me want to get back on the lentil train- it’s been a while! Great idea tossing in balsamic and avocado, I’m excited to try this out!
      xx Sydney

    22. Sophie
      August 4, 2015 AT 9:24 am

      This sounds right up my alley! I wish we had those pre-cooked ones here in Holland – alas, all we have are the canned variety or the raw ones. Still – always worth cooking them!

    23. Erin @ The Almond Eater
      August 4, 2015 AT 7:27 am

      I loooove lentils, especially when topped with avocado. I should pick up the precooked ones from Trader Joe’s next time!

    24. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
      August 4, 2015 AT 7:10 am

      I’ve been loving lentils lately but I never know what to do with leftovers! I think I’ll have to give this a shot 🙂 It looks awesome!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 4, 2015 AT 11:50 am

        Thanks Liz! I’m sure you’d love it!

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