From time to time, there are just days when I want something simple and delicious to eat. However, what I don’t want is a food that takes a lot of effort to prepare. By and large, salads are the perfect food group to me. In fact, when I prepare them, I add in as many healthy ingredients as possible.
Truly, I am a Trader Joe’s groupie and shop there every few days. For me, it’s a vegetarian’s gold mine and finding a few simple ingredients there, makes the recipe I am about to share so easy, you are done in minutes. You are going to love this avocado lentil salad, and I am sure of that.
Lavishly live food out loud and recreate my Trader Joe’s inspired Avocado Lentil salad with Feta. The avocado lentil salad is both great as a side dish and perfect as a meal!
The Background Behind the Avocado Lentil Salad Ingredient Options
You don’t need more than 8 ingredients and 5 of them are fresh. Get ready to make a single salad you will crave daily and can eat daily because it’s healthy.
Why I Pick What I Pick?
Lentils & Avocado Chit Chat
As a vegetarian, lentils are my go-to plant-based protein, and they are chocked full of nutrition while being very versatile in recipes. Have you bought the Trader Joe’s pre-cooked black beluga lentils?
I don’t know why anyone would pass these up, so make sure to grab these, you will love them.
Avocados are my daily healthy fat, and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t work one into a meal somehow, some way. While I am in Trader Joe’s, as I pass by the avocados, I grab the Teeny Weenie ones and a bag of regular.
One of my favorite parts of this salad is the baby greens I add in. Did you know that baby green lettuces often have more vitamins and minerals than their fully matured counterparts? You can find these at Trader Joe’s too by the bag!
Shopping in Trader Joe’s is always a pleasure and every time I think I’ve seen all their products, there’s something new. One of my most favorite things to do is just stroll and linger, look, and buy, truly not a good thing to do in our crazy busy store, but I Do it anyway!
For this recipe, you pretty much won’t leave the produce aisle, other than for one dairy and one condiment stop, so you can get in and out fast!
Avocado Lentil Salad With Feta
Please note, the recipe prepared in this post is for a single serving. Since the items are easy to use (packaged and cooked), I just make my salad on demand. You could of course double up the ingredients to increase the serving size.
16 oz container of Trader Joe’s Mini Pearl Grape Tomatoes (you can sub other tomatoes if they are out of these)
1 – container of Cooked Edamame Beans (snap-top plastic container in photo)
Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils – One Package
A Bag of Trader Joe’s Avocados (whatever size you prefer)
Bottle of Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar
Whole Red Onion (peeled, chopped and in a storage container)
Trader Joe’s Feta Cheese
Baby Greens by the bag in Trader Joe’s Produce Section (you can sub in Trader Joe’s Arugula too)
Salt & Pepper To Taste
A Bottle of Trader Joe’s EVOO
Recipe As It Appears In Photos
3 Tablespoons Edamame Beans
1 Avocado HALF, peeled and chunked
A Tablespoon of Red Onion Chopped
1/4 C of Lentils
Feta about 1 Tablespoon or more as desired
1 A handful of Baby Greens
5-6 Grape Tomatoes
2 Tbsp of Orange Muscat Vinegar
1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Start with the Edamame. I always rinse mine, the package says, ‘ready to eat’ but with all of the health issues, recalls, etc. I just do that as a precautionary measure. You don’t have to, but you can.
Next, add in the onion. The dish I used is a Fiesta Medium Bowl the perfect size for a single serving that is filling. Once you get all the ingredients in there you are stuffed!
Do you see the bottom of the bowl is filling up with great crunchy and tasty ingredients and we are not even done? Let’s keep on adding and creating this beast of a salad! I’m hungry! Add in the lentils.
*Rinse the lentils in a strainer. I find it easier to separate them from the vacuum pack. Some will come out ‘not so pretty’ but they are going in a salad and will taste the same! Mix them with the edamame and the red onion and let’s add in more ingredients!
4, 5 and 6 are fast and easy. Take the chunks of avocado and add them into the mixture. Do make sure to mix well. Generally speaking, I suggest using a fork because the tines make it faster and won’t squash thing, unlike a spoon.
Next, add in the mini pearl grape tomatoes. I slice them in half. As a matter of fact, you do not have to slice these into pieces, you could also leave them whole. Truly a personal choice. Without delay, mix and then add in the baby greens. Don’t forget the Feta.
Before I add the greens I either rip them or use kitchen scissors to cut the pieces smaller. Again, this is optional, just what I do.
Add your dressing, the vinegar, and oil and if you want to add in salt and pepper go for it. Adding it in will be fine, no worries. Just use a light hand as it is a single serving.
What’s left? Just to enjoy this delicious salad. It’s truly a powerhouse of nutrients and healthy fats. Dig in, sit back and enjoy, you’ve earned it. So yummy right?
Any questions as to why you gotta make this Avocado Lentil Salad with Feta now? Use it at your parties, as a side dish to dinner or as your main meal. Increase the recipe size for parties and decrease it to make daily servings.
The flexibility and the pure, rich, healthful ingredients make this a perfect recipe. ~ Enjoy! DANA XO ~