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Lentil Salad

Lentil Salad

Trader Joe's Lentil Salad

We’ve always been fans of a good lentil salad. The main ingredient is low in calories, rich in iron and folate and an excellent source of protein. They also pack health-promoting polyphenols and may reduce several heart disease risk factors. All good things!

Until I discovered lentils fully cooked in a vacuum-packed pouch at Trader Joe’s there’s no way I would have made them myself. They can take upwards of 30 minutes to prepare and these are ready in less than five minutes.

Now that I have this option, I love to mix them up with a few other healthy ingredients. I keep a lentil salad in the fridge for the week as a mid-day snack, side dish for dinner, or to add a lil sum sum to a bed of arugula.


  • 1 package of  Trader Joe’s steamed lentils
  • 1 large hothouse cucumber, finely diced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 1 small bunch flat leaf parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Pink Himalayan salt
  • Cracked pepper


  • Lemon vinaigrette dressing


  1. Pour package of lentils into a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Dice 1 large hothouse cucumber. Add to lentils.
  3. Dice 1/2 red onion. Add to bowl with lentils and cucumber.
  4. Chop 1 small bunch flat leaf parsley. Add to bowl with lentils, red onion, and cucumber.
  5. Add pink Himalayan salt and cracked pepper.
  6. Combine ingredients for Lemon Vinaigrette dressing
  7. Drizzle Lemon Vinaigrette dressing over the ingredients.
  8. Mix ingredients and dressing together using a wooden spatula, lightly so as not to smash the lentils.
  9. Chill for 30 minutes in refrigerator.
  10. Serve at your leisure.

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