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All Recipes, Soups & Salads / March 28, 2022

The Lentil Salad you NEED in your LIFE | Spanish Ensalada de Lentejas Recipe

This Spanish Lentil Salad is where healthy meets delicious. It´s packed with flavors, made with heart-healthy ingredients and comes together in just 15 minutes. Seriously the kind of food you should be eating, as it´s going to fill your body with so much goodness.

Lentil Salad
To make this salad, I used canned lentils. Just to make things easier and quicker. But you can also use dried lentils. Just simmer them on a low heat between 20 to 35 minutes or until fully cooked through (check package instructions). Then drain and let them cool off.

Lentil Salad
What really takes this salad to the next-level is the homemade vinaigrette. Made with just olive oil, sherry vinegar and garlic. Of course you can use other dressings here. Just make sure to use a homemade dressing, as it makes all the difference.

Lentil Salad

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: You can serve this salad either at room temperature or even cold. It´s also perfect to make ahead of time and serve later, as it will hold in the fridge between 4 to 7 days. Just make sure to store it in an air-tight container.

Lentil Salad

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Lentil Salad
5 from 2 votes

Spanish Lentil Salad

Course Main Course, Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 266 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 3 cups canned lentils 16 oz / 500 grams
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion 26 grams
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper 75 grams
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper 75 grams
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped carrot 42 grams
  • 1/3 cup canned corn 70 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 35 ml
  • 1/2 tbsp sherry vinegar 8 ml
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley 4 grams
  • dash sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Drain the canned lentils into a colander, rinse under cold running water until the water runs clear underneath, shake off any of the excess water and set aside to air dry

  2. Meanwhile, finely chop 1 red onion to end up with 1/2 cup, finely chop 1 green bell pepper to end up with 1/2 cup, finely chop 1 red bell pepper to end up with 1/2 cup, finely chop 1 carrot (peeled) to end up with 1/3 cup and drain a small can of corn and reserve 1/3 cup

  3. To make the dressing, add in a generous 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil into a small bowl, along with 1/2 tbsp sherry vinegar, finely grate in 1 clove garlic, add in 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley and lightly season with sea salt & black pepper, whisk together

  4. Once the lentils are air dried, add them into a large bowl, along with all the chopped veggies and corn, then season with sea salt & black pepper and pour in the dressing, gently mix together until well mixed, serve at room temperature or store in the fridge for a couple of hours to serve chilled, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Spanish Lentil Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 266 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 34mg1%
Potassium 707mg20%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 2531IU51%
Vitamin C 45mg55%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Jim s

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and loved it. Had it next to a roasted artichoke. Great dinner.

    14 . Jul . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great!! Much love 🙂

      16 . Jul . 2023
  2. Bill MacDonald

    5 stars
    Fantastic flavours, also added finely chopped cucumber for an extra crunch.

    22 . Jan . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love!

      22 . Jan . 2023
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  4. Brenda/Splunky

    So far every recipe I have tried is really good!!
    My problem with this one, I’m having a hard time finding sherry vinegar. I have been to several stores in Lisbon and can’t find it. What would you suggest for an alternative.

    If you are ever in the Lisboa area we would love to take you and whoever to our favorite vegan restaurant


    02 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      You can sub for red wine vinegar 🙂 Appreciate the comment Brenda/Splunky!! Much love 🙂

      02 . May . 2022
  5. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i skip green and red bell peppers as am not a big fan of bell peppers i never had lentil salad before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    28 . Mar . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      28 . Mar . 2022

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