My Greek Lentil and Mint Salad

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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This salad is a refreshing change from your traditional Greek salad. Although, we eat many lentils in our cuisine they are normally served in soups, stews, and appetizers. I wanted to expand my salads to the Vegan cuisine for those in Lent or for those who follow a Vegan Diet. Lentils are naturally gluten-free as well and can help those who are seeking GF products for their diet. You may want to add lettuce, arugula, or a vegan feta cheese.

If your not familiar with lentils they are a powerful nutrient-dense food. This salad is a complete meal and will not leave you hungry! Once left in the refrigerator overnight, it marinates further for a wonderful left-over snack.

  • They have high level of fiber for your digestive tract.
  • Very rich in folate, iron, and manganese.
  • 1/2 cup of lentils = 12 grams of protein.
  • 1/2 cup of red lentils = 273 mg. of potassium.

How to Cook Lentils

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My Greek Lentil and Mint Salad

This salad is a complete meal with two varieties of lentils, vegetarian and vegan.

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine California Greek
Keyword lentils
Servings 2 servings



  • 1 cup green lentils, rinsed
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 1 fresh tomatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 cucumber, cubed
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted
  • 4 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 2 teaspoons fresh mint, finely chopped


  • 1/2 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • salt and pepper to taste



  1. In a medium pot ( lentils expand so have a deep pan) add 3 cups of water and add the green lentils. Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes until softened. Drain and cool. Do not add salt to the water.

  2. Repeat the same method with the red lentils. They may need less time.

  3. Add your vegetables in a large bowl or on a serving platter. Add the dressing.


  1. Add the shallot and garlic in a small bowl or jar. Add the vinegar and whisk together.

  2. Add the other ingredients and mix well.

  3. Toss the salad and add the dressing to coat well.

You may be interested in more of my lentil recipes:

Mom’s Lentil Vegetable Soup

Red Lentil Salad with Red Peppers, Oranges and Basil

Red Lentil with Turnip and Parsley

Make it a Lentil Night…




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