Lentil & tomato salad

Lentil & tomato salad

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(31 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4 - 6

Lentils are a substantial and healthy base to this fresh salad with onion, mango chutney, coriander, greens and tomatoes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving (6)

  • kcal190
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs25g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre6g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.2g


  • 250g dried Puy or green lentil, rinsed



    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • juice ½ lime and juice ½ lemon



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 1 tbsp white wine or cider vinegar
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced into rings
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbsp mango chutney
  • handful coriander, roughly chopped
  • 250g cherry vine tomato, halved
  • 85g baby spinach, washed and thoroughly dried


  1. Boil the lentils following pack instructions, drain, rinse well, then drain thoroughly.

  2. Meanwhile, mix the citrus juices, vinegar and a pinch of salt in a salad bowl, then toss in the onion rings – after a few mins they will soften and turn pink. Whisk together the oil, cumin, garlic and chutney, then toss into the onions with the cooled lentils, coriander, tomatoes, spinach and plenty of seasoning.

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8th Jul, 2020
I followed the recipe exactly and the result was a delicious salad. Leftovers kept well In the fridge and it was just as tasty the day after it was made. A keeper!
9th Apr, 2020
Had some green lentils to use up from a curry we made last night. Luckily had ingredients in to make this. Just substituted mango chutney for a carrot chutney we had already in fridge. Wow tasted great and super easy. Can’t wait to make for friends coming over for lunch once lockdown has finished. Thank you for simple and beautiful recipe.
2nd Dec, 2018
This is delicious. I left the red onion in it's lemon/vinegar mix overnight so that it was more like a pickle and less "oniony". Loved by vegans and others alike.
29th Aug, 2018
I adore this salad. Used less onion as recommended, and chopped it up into small pieces. Used juice of 1 lime and 1 lemon. Used a tin of lentils as I was in a hurry for lunch. The flavours are so nice - it's a great way to eat more lentils.
27th Aug, 2017
Excellent recipe. Only half a red onion needed. I also added a few chilli flakes.
12th Nov, 2016
This is a great school lunch box filler with slices of home cooked ham
13th Jul, 2016
Served with the Indian spiced lamb and rice. There were no leftovers of either of them! Used 250 g dried lentils. Kept the onions separate as one of the guests did not eat onions and it all worked well.
10th Apr, 2016
Used 400g tinned lentils - super tasty and very easy. Too much onion for my taste so will use half next time. Served as an accompaniment to roast chicken and it served three.
6th Apr, 2016
Even my partner who professes a general aversion to all things salad loved this!
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13th Apr, 2015
Very tasty and easy to put together. Served with the spiced roast lamb and got lots of compliments from my guests


10th Jun, 2019
Is the nutritional information for 4 or 6 servings? Thanks
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11th Jun, 2019
Thanks for your question. The nutrition is for 6 servings.
10th Sep, 2018
I don't have mango chutney (or any chutney for that matter). Any recommendations for a replacement?
goodfoodteam's picture
11th Sep, 2018
Thanks for your question. You can leave it out but it will make the overall flavour slightly more tart than it would be otherwise.
12th Jul, 2015
How far ahead can the lentil & tomato be prepared?
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