Healthy Lentil Salad

Lentil Salad Recipe – easy to make, healthy, and hearty this fresh tasting lentil salad is a delight! Filled with tomatoes, avocados, and topped with a light dijon vinaigrette.

This fresh tasting, easy to make Lentil Avocado Salad with a light dijon vinaigrette is topped with tomatoes and avocados. It's a wonderful meatless main salad. | One Dish Kitchen

Many times, the recipes I create are completely inspired by places I visit and foods I’ve eaten. This is totally the case with this flavor-packed lentil salad.

I enjoyed a similar lentil salad at Le Pain Quotidien at beautiful Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California a few months ago.

My husband and I were visiting the area for the week. He had a little business to attend to and I was left to my own devices, i.e shopping and exploring.

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Lentil Salad Recipe - easy to make, healthy, and hearty this fresh tasting lentil salad is a delight! Filled with tomatoes, avocados, and topped with a light dijon vinaigrette. | One Dish Kitchen

Lentil Salad Recipe

Step 1

This lentil salad is a simple one. I begin with the lentils which I quickly cook on the stove in water. Lentils cook very quickly and in about 20 minutes they’re perfectly softened and cooked.

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Step 2

When the lentils have cooled, I drizzle a lovely vinaigrette over the top.

The vinaigrette gives the lentils a wonderfully tangy flavor.

Step 3

I top a bed of arugula with a hefty serving of the lentils, sliced avocados and cherry tomatoes.

An easy and delicious lentil salad!


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Lentil Avocado Salad Recipe

Lentil Avocado Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Main Dish
Keyword: lentils
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 638kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper


  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes , sliced in half
  • 1 avocado , sliced


  • Place the lentils and 4 cups of water in a medium-sized saucepan. Add onions, garlic, thyme and salt and bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Drain the lentils and let cool.
  • Whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl and pour over cooled lentils.
  • Divide the arugula between two plates.
  • Top with lentils, chopped tomatoes and avocado slices.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 638kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 691mg | Potassium: 1319mg | Fiber: 31g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 27% | Vitamin C: 38.6% | Calcium: 15.6% | Iron: 48.8%
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The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionists’ advice.

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15 thoughts on “Healthy Lentil Salad”

    1. Hi Barb,

      Thanks for catching that! If you’re serving this as a main dish salad, it’s the perfect size for two people. It could easily be a side salad if you’re serving 3-4 people. I’ll make a note of that in the recipe.

      Thanks again!

  1. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    Okay, I saw this on social media and fell in love! I love lentils and I love avocados! This is so going to be my summer salad!

  2. Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie

    I just bought avocados! I know exactly what I’m going to do with them! Yummy!

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