5 from 4 votes

Simple Lentil Salad Recipe

This simple salad of cooked lentils tossed with red wine vinegar, olive oil, scallions and parsley is great for both vegans and vegetarians.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 176
Author: Martha | Simple Nourished Living


  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, plus more to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh-ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions, or 3 tablespoons finely diced shallot
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley


  • Place the lentils in a saucepan and cover with water by 3 inches. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a gentle simmer and cook until the lentils are tender all the way through (adding more water if necessary), about 30 minutes.
  • Drain and reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
  • Place the drained lentils in a bowl and toss with vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Let sit for 5 minutes. Taste and add more salt and/or vinegar if needed.
  • Add olive oil, scallions and parsley and stir gently to combine well.
  • If the lentils seem dry and are hard to stir, loosen them with a little bit of the reserved cooking water.

Recipe Notes

Lentil Salad Recipe Variations:
  • Add 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • Add 1/4 cup diced sweet red pepper
  • Garnish with 1/2 cup crumbled goat or feta cheese
  • Add 3 ounces lean cooked chicken breast, salmon, etc.
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *4
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *2
Nutrition Facts
Simple Lentil Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /2 cup)
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 67
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.4g11%
Carbohydrates 19.7g7%
Fiber 9.9g40%
Protein 8.4g17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salad with lentils, vegan lentil salad, vegetarian lentil salad