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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Feta Salad with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, and Lentils

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This simple and quick Lentil and Feta Salad is made with cucumbers, juicy grape tomatoes, red onion, corn, and bell pepper for a high protein, nutrient-packed salad hearty enough to make a meal!

feta salad with lentils, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn in a white bowl

This is what I like to call my emergency, super-fast, there’s-nothing-in-the-fridge-to-eat dinner. 

This weekend I literally had 20 minutes to come up with a dish for dinner, and this feta salad is what I made!

I looked in our fridge and we had: cucumbers, red onions, tomatoes, parsley, steamed lentils, feta cheese, peppers, and corn.

So I decided that everything in our fridge was going into a salad!

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This is so easy to make, it only took me a quick 20 minutes. It’s kid friendly and crowd friendly too – everyone in the family, including my kids, loved this salad!

So no more excuses on those nights when you can’t even imagine cooking! You can quickly whip up this salad. It’s filling, delicious, and the leftovers make for an easy lunch!

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Recipe Ingredients and Notes

ingredients with lentils cucumbers tomatoes peppers

How to Make Feta Salad with Lentils – Step by Step

Prepare the Lentils (if using dried): If you’re using dried lentils, prepare them by adding one cup of lentils to 2 cups of water. Cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes. Prep the Veggies: Dice your cucumber, red onion, and bell pepper. Slice your grape tomatoes in half. Steam your corn.

Make the Salad! Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Fold in the feta cheese, and top with lemon juice.

ingredients in a bowl

Season and Taste! Add salt and pepper to taste, enjoy cold!

feta salad with lentils, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn in a bowl

What Makes This Feta Salad Healthy?

  • Vitamins and Minerals: Lentils contain B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. The cucumbers and other veggies will give you vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium, and more! 
  • Protein & Fiber: This incredible feta salad has 7 grams of protein and 4.6 grams of fiber per serving! Great for digestion and keeping you full. 
  • Low Calorie: Each huge helping of salad only contains 110 calories! That means you can enjoy it as a healthy side, or take 2-3 servings for a low calorie main meal!

Will Kids Enjoy This Feta Salad?

My daughter ate this feta salad with zero complaints! I have a feeling most kids are going to react the same way. With all the tasty lentils, corn, and zesty feta cheese crumbles, what’s not to love?

If your child happens to have an aversion or dislike for one of the ingredients, you can always leave it out or not put as much on your child’s plate. For littler kids, you can cut up the raw veggies super small so they are easier to chew!

feta salad with lentils, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn in a bowl

Recipe FAQs

Which Feta Cheese is Best for Salads?

There are numerous types of feta cheese. While most feta is made from goat’s milk, you can also find feta made from sheep and cow milk. There are also different varieties that come from various countries such as Greek, French, and Bulgarian, Israeli, and American feta.

For salad, I suggest a crumbly dry feta, such as the Greek feta variety. It is the perfect texture to crumble in salads. It’s not quite as salty and briny as other varieties, which I like, because it doesn’t overpower the other ingredients in your salad.

What is the Healthiest Feta Cheese?

Feta is stored in a brine to keep it fresh. As a result, it is quite salty. However, it is lower in fat and caloire than many other cheeses, making it a healthier option for most. If you’re looking for the healthiest feta cheese, I suggest a dry crumbled feta that hasn’t been sitting in brine to reduce the overall sodium content. 

forkful of salad

Recipe Variations

  • Garlic: Add some minced garlic to kick the flavor up a notch. 
  • Jalapenos: If you like a little bit of heat, go ahead and add in a diced jalapeño.
  • Lime Juice: If you find yourself out of lemon juice; you can also use lime juice. 
  • Red Pepper Flakes: Another great way to add in some extra heat is by sprinkling some red pepper flakes over top. 
  • White Beans: Don’t have lentils? Try white beans instead. Be sure to drain and rinse your beans if using canned. 

How to Store and Keep

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for 3-4 days.

Top Tips For Making Feta Salad

  • When dicing the vegetables, try to make them uniform in size. It makes the feta salad easier to eat when the cuts are the same size. 
  • If you don’t have access to grape tomatoes, you can swap them for cherry tomatoes. A sweet tomato enhances the flavor of the salad. 
  • It’s important to use tomatoes that are room temperature instead of cold. This allows them to provide the most flavor possible. 
  • Sprinkle some of your go-to herbs on top like parsley, oregano, or cilantro. Use fresh herbs to give the salad an even more amazing aroma.
feta salad with lentils, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn in a bowl

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Simple and Fast Lentil and Feta Salad

This simple and quick Lentil and Feta Salad is made with cucumbers, juicy grape tomatoes, red onion, corn, and bell pepper for a high protein, nutrient-packed salad hearty enough to make a meal!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Greek
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 110.5kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 16 oz package steamed brown lentils like the kind from Trader Joe’s
  • 1 english cucumber diced
  • 1 box of grape tomatoes sliced thin
  • ½ red onion diced
  • ½ cup fresh or steamed corn
  • ½ red or yellow pepper diced (you could use the whole pepper if you want too!)
  • 4 oz Feta Cheese Crumbles
  • Lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt more to taste
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Toss and season to taste.
  • Enjoy!

Video

https://youtu.be/Z1XZ9K35KDs

Notes

Recipe Variations
  • Garlic: Add some minced garlic to kick the flavor up a notch. 
  • Jalapenos: If you like a little bit of heat, go ahead and add in a diced jalapeño.
  • Lime Juice: If you find yourself out of lemon juice; you can also use lime juice. 
  • Red Pepper Flakes: Another great way to add in some extra heat is by sprinkling some red pepper flakes over top. 
  • White Beans: Don’t have lentils? Try white beans instead. Be sure to drain and rinse your beans if using canned. 
Top Tips For Making Feta Salad
  • When dicing the vegetables, try to make them uniform in size. It makes the feta salad easier to eat when the cuts are the same size. 
  • If you don’t have access to grape tomatoes, you can swap them for cherry tomatoes. A sweet tomato enhances the flavor of the salad. 
  • It’s important to use tomatoes that are room temperature instead of cold. This allows them to provide the most flavor possible. 
  • Sprinkle some of your go-to herbs on top like parsley, oregano, or cilantro. Use fresh herbs to give the salad an even more amazing aroma.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for 3-4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 110.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.7g | Sodium: 365.7mg | Fiber: 4.6g | Sugar: 1.8g

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14 responses to “Feta Salad with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, and Lentils”

  1. Hi! This looks amazing. Which lentils specifically are ok to use for this as I would be using dry one? Thanks!

  2. Loved your thought on coming up with fridge leftovers!
    I am impressed by your yummy vegetarian cooking and your photos are beautiful too!

    • Thank you so much Sara! I absolutely love eating this salad as leftovers because the ingredients have time to marinate in the dressing so the salad ends up being even more flavorful the next day!

  3. Hi Anjali,

    First time visitor here. But I already fell in love with what you have here!

    Thank you for sharing this easy healty recipe. It is so delicious. I love salad. This will definitely be on my to-try list in the near future. . Thanks for sharing it with us ?

    Jennifer

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