This hearty Mediterranean lentil salad recipe comes together in about 10 minutes and is made with some pantry staples, like canned lentils and canned tuna. Plus, there are a few extra special ingredients like sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, feta and bell pepper. It’s all tossed with a simple olive oil and lemon mixture for one delicious bite!
Today I’m bringing you this easy, super tasty, lentil salad recipe. Who knew that a recipe using canned lentils and canned tuna could be so freakin’ tasty?!
This lentil salad came to me one day while trying to rack my brain on what to make hubby and me for lunch.
It’s always nice to mix things up a bit from the regular routine so this is how this lentil salad was born.
I grabbed a couple of pantry staples, fancied it up a bit with some special ingredients and a tasty, easy salad was born! Now it’s on regular rotation in our home.
Why We Love this Mediterranean Lentil Salad
- Comes together in about 10 minutes
- Uses a bunch of pantry ingredients you probably have on hand
- Relatively budget friendly, while being ‘special’ at the same time.
- Cooking for a crowd? It can be easily doubled or tripled.
- Lunch, side to dinner, potluck or backyard BBQ, this lentil salad recipe works wonderfully in any situation.
- Of course, it tastes delicious!
- Canned lentils (of course)
- Canned tuna
- Bell pepper (or you could used roasted red pepper). I like the fresh pepper for crunch!
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Olives (pitted)
- Lemon juice
- Good quality olive oil
Can I Make Ahead of Time?
Totally! This recipe can be made a day ahead, properly stored in the fridge, and still taste delicious the next day.
Enjoy within 3 days.
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More Tips and Variations
Using canned lentils makes this Mediterranean salad recipe come together in about 10 minutes. Don’t have or don’t want to use canned lentils? You can easily cook up some dried brown lentils, rinse, drain, cool and then proceed with the recipe.
I used two red Thai chilies in this recipe, but you can use more or less depending on your love of spice (though, I didn’t find this salad too spicy). Don’t have fresh chili? Try a pinch or two of cayenne pepper powder.
Red bell pepper was used because I love the colour that it adds. Don’t have red bell pepper? Use whatever colour you have on hand.
Speaking of bell pepper, I have also made this recipe with roasted peppers (which is awesome). However, I prefer fresh bell pepper for the crunch it adds to the salad.
I do not add any salt to this salad. For me, the briny capers, feta and olives are salty enough.
Want to make this lentil salad vegetarian? Omit the tuna. It will still taste lovely!
If you do omit the tuna, this lentil salad is delicious as a side for chicken too.
This salad yields enough for 4 hearty side servings. The recipe can easily be doubled for a crowd.
I used sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil. I think they work best in this lentil salad.
Want this lentil salad dairy free? Omit the feta and it will still taste delish!
More Yummy Lentil Recipes
So,tell me, what kind of canned lentil recipes do you like?
Hope you love this easy lentil salad recipe as much as we do!
If you make this lentil salad recipe, be sure to leave a comment below. Love to know how you enjoyed!
Mediterranean Lentil Salad with Tuna
- 19 ounce can of lentils , rinsed and drained (about 2 cups)
- 6 ounces canned tuna in water , drained (about a 170 gram can)
- ⅓ cup black olives , pitted and roughly chopped (about 15 olives, like Kalamata olives)
- ⅓ cup sun-dried tomato , removed from oil and roughly chopped (about 5 to 6 sun-dried tomatoes)
- 1 red bell pepper , diced
- 3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons capers
- 2 Thai chili peppers , minced (or to taste)
- 1 tablespoon shallot , peeled and minced (or 2 stalks of chopped green onion)
- 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 to 4 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)
- In a large bowl, mix together the lentils, tuna, black olive, sun-dried tomato, red bell pepper, feta cheese, parsley, capers and chili peppers.
- In a jar, whisk together the shallot with olive oil and lemon until well incorporated. Pour over bowl of lentil salad. Stir to combine. Enjoy!
Nutrition (ESTIMATE ONLY)
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