Hearty Lentil Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

October 27, 2023

by Sammi Lowe
Hearty Lentil Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Cuisine: American

Servings: 4


Hearty Lentil Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup uncooked green lentils (2 1/2 cups cooked)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 large cucumber, deseeded and diced
  • 3/4 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 3 kale leaves, destemmed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Lentils are packed with protein, iron and fiber – which makes this salad super filling and satisfying. We combine the cooked lentils with fresh greens and veggies, then toss with a tangy citrusy vinaigrette. This hearty lentil salad has all the flavor, crunch and freshness to have as a lunch meal or a tasty side dish for dinner.

How to Make Hearty Lentil Salad with Lime Vinaigrette


  1. 1. Using a colander, rinse lentils and remove any bad pieces or debris.
  2. 2. Into a pot over medium-high heat, add rinsed lentils and 4 cups water. Cover the pot and bring to a boil,
    then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until lentils are cooked to desired firmness. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Drain and set aside to cool.
  3. 3. While lentils are cooling, make the salad dressing. In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, garlic, salt, cumin and black pepper.
  4. 4. Into the same bowl, add lentils, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion and kale. Toss to evenly coat everything, then add cilantro. Adjust seasonings as needed. Enjoy!