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Lentil, Avocado, and Radish Salad

Toothsome lentils, crunchy spicy paper-thin radishes, sweet fresh mint, and creamy avocado—tumble them all together in a bold citrusy dressing for this lentil, avocado, and radish salad. With a sprinkle of salty tamari pumpkin seeds on top—oh boy—we have ourselves one brightly flavored nutrient-dense salad!

closeup overhead Lentil, Avocado, and Radish Salad on plate with spoon

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This salad combines the delicious earthy flavor and chewy soft texture of lentils, crispy radishes, and creamy avocado. With a simple dressing of fresh lime juice and olive oil, here is a salad for any time of year.

A generous spoonful of this perky protein salad turns your “weekday” green salad into a main course salad. It’s just the answer to dinner on summer evenings.

Lentil, Avocado, and Radish Salad in bowl with radishes on the table

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Lentil, Avocado, and Radish Salad recipe details:

  • Make-ahead tip: Assemble and dress the lentils, radishes, mint, and green onions earlier, refrigerate, and add the avocado and pumpkin seeds just before serving.
  • With their earthy flavor and chewy soft texture, black “beluga” lentils are my first choice for this salad. Green lentils and French lentils both taste similar to black lentils, and they also hold their shape when cooked, so they’re fine substitutes if you can’t find the little black pulses. (I found organic black lentils at Whole Foods.)
  • For evenly thin radish slices, use a mandoline cutter. Like this affordable handy hand-held one, or this one that sits on the counter and has a julienne-cut blade as well. (Dispense with the cumbersome safety guards and wear a special cut-resistant glove.)
  • When you bring your peppery radishes home from the market, trim them and store in cold water in the fridge. They’ll stay crisp for a week! Save the greens if they’re fresh and good looking and stir them into your pressure cooked risotto.
  • Look for tamari roasted pumpkin seeds in grocery store bulk bins. Or make them yourself from raw pumpkin seeds, adapting this recipe for stove-top tamari roasted seeds.

Lentils, chickpeas, and beans are some of the best plant-based protein you can eat. Here are a couple more recipes with lentils:

You will love this protein-rich Lentil Very Brown Rice.

One of our favorite vegan tacos are these Spicy Greens and Lentil Tacos.

This wilted salad is how I like to eat my spinach– Wilted Spinach and Green Lentil Salad.

No lentils here. But watermelon radishes! They look like a miniature seedless watermelon! Check out this Watermelon Radish and Arugula Salad from Food for My Family.

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Nutrition Facts
Lentil, Avocado, and Radish Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 209 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 191mg5%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 185IU4%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • This salad looks so hearty — it’s packed with so much goodness! Reply · 7 March, 2016

    • Thanks Marcie. That would be me–always trying to pack a lot of goodness–nutrition and flavor–into every thing I make. 😉 Reply · 7 March, 2016

  • I could eat salads like this every day. I love beluga lentils and yours look like they’re cooked perfectly. Reply · 7 March, 2016

    • Thanks Becky! Beluga caviar pulses for the win…. Reply · 7 March, 2016

  • This is such a gorgeous salad, Letty! I’ve been trying to use lentils more this year, too. I’m embracing the “year of the pulse”! Reply · 7 March, 2016

    • Lentils are so easy too. 20 minutes from thinking about dinner to done! Reply · 8 March, 2016

  • What a great combo! I can’t wait to give this a try 🙂 Reply · 8 March, 2016

    • Hey thanks Megan! Take a photo and tag me when you make it. 😉 Reply · 9 March, 2016

  • Clare Cooper

    Letty! This salad is fantastic! I’m so excited to have a hearty but light salad in the books for springtime. Simple but bold flavor! Looking forward to exploring more recipes. 🙂 Reply · 23 April, 2016

    • Thanks Clare!Enjoy! Reply · 25 April, 2016

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