Lentils and Mango Salad

by Erica Dinho on August 13, 2012

Lentils and Mango Salad

This Lentil and Mango Salad recipe has become a favorite of mine. I love the tangy and sweet flavors, and I also know that I am doing something good for my family and I, serving this healthy dish.

This salad can also be made with beans instead of lentils, if you prefer. It would make a great addition to any summer buffet or as a weeknight accompaniment to grilled salmon or chicken. It looks beautiful, colorful, and impressive as part of any spread. Hope you enjoy it too.

Buen provecho!



(About 4 servings)

  • 1 cup brown lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 cups ripe mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add the lentils, bay leaf, salt and garlic cloves. Reduce the heat and simmer until the lentils are tender to the bite, 18 to 25 minutes.
  2. Drain the lentils, discard the garlic and bay leaf, then put in a bowl. Stir in the red onion, mango, vinegar, tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar, basil, cilantro, cumin and season with salt and pepper to your taste.
  3. Serve the salad at room temperature or cold.
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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa August 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

A wonderful combination! The sweetness sounds perfect…


2 tasteofbeirut August 14, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Just got 3 mangoes in the fridge and I would not have thought this salad on my own! Thanks Erica, I am going to be trying this and enjoying the result I’m sure~


3 Angie@Angie's Recipes August 14, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Tangy and sweet…I sure love the combo of the flavours!


4 Joanne August 14, 2012 at 7:50 AM

I love just about anything htat has mango in it! Delicious!


5 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! August 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

I think lentils are truly a favorite of mine and the addition of mango intrigues me…thanks for recipe…


6 Juliana August 14, 2012 at 3:35 PM

So interesting pairing lentils and mango…sounds good for the hot weather :)
Thanks for this recipe and hope you are having a great week Erica!


7 Rrosita August 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Estupendo guisado muy rica combinación,abrazos y abrazos.


8 rebecca August 14, 2012 at 7:25 PM

this looks wonderful and so healthy :-)


9 Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook August 14, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Delicious combination! Love the sweetness of the mango in the salad with the lentils.


10 Susan August 24, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Tasty dressing, good, summery salad. I especially enjoyed the mango, and I added spinach.


11 Erica August 25, 2012 at 8:16 AM

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