Greek Lentil Salad Recipe

Greek Lentil Salad combines the hearty texture of lentils with the fresh flavors of cucumber, tomatoes, and parsley, all tossed in a zesty lemon-olive oil dressing. It’s a nutritious and flavorful dish that’s perfect as a light main course or a refreshing side. The addition of feta cheese adds a creamy, tangy element that perfectly complements the other ingredients. Here’s how to make this delicious salad:


For the Salad:

  • 2 19 oz cans of lentils, drained and rinsed: Forms the protein-rich base of the salad.
  • 1 cucumber, halved and sliced: Adds a crisp, fresh texture.
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved: Offers sweetness and color.
  • 1/4 medium red onion, diced: Brings a sharp, slightly sweet flavor.
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese: Provides a creamy, tangy element.
  • 2 cups finely chopped fresh parsley: Adds freshness and a vibrant color.

For the Dressing:

  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil: The base of the dressing, adding richness.
  • Juice of one lemon: Brings acidity and brightness.
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano: Adds a classic Greek flavor.
  • 1 garlic clove, minced: Offers a punch of flavor.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt: Enhances all the flavors.


  1. Prepare the Salad Ingredients:
    • Start by draining and rinsing the lentils to remove any excess sodium and to freshen them up. Allow them to drain thoroughly to prevent the salad from becoming watery.
    • Halve and slice the cucumber, halve the cherry tomatoes, dice the red onion, and finely chop the parsley. Crumble the feta cheese if not already done.
  2. Assemble the Salad:
    • In a large salad bowl, combine the drained lentils, sliced cucumber, halved cherry tomatoes, diced red onion, and crumbled feta cheese. Add the chopped fresh parsley to the bowl.
  3. Make the Dressing:
    • In a small bowl or a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, dried oregano, minced garlic, and salt. Whisk together vigorously or shake (if using a jar) until the ingredients are well emulsified.
  4. Dress the Salad:
    • Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients in the bowl. Toss everything together until the salad is evenly coated with the dressing. The flavors will meld together more fully if you let the salad sit for about 10-15 minutes before serving.
  5. Serve:
    • Give the salad a final toss and then serve. It can be enjoyed immediately or chilled in the refrigerator for a bit to let the flavors develop further. Greek Lentil Salad is excellent on its own or as a side to grilled meats or fish.

This Greek Lentil Salad is not only easy to prepare but also incredibly versatile. It’s a perfect dish for meal prep, picnics, or to bring a refreshing and nutritious option to potlucks and gatherings. Enjoy the harmonious blend of flavors and textures in this delightful salad!