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Lentil Tabbouleh {Cava Copycat}

This Lentil Tabbouleh recipe is a copycat of the popular Mediterranean restaurant, Cava. Tender lentils are elevated into a fresh, bright salad, with parsley, cucumbers and tomatoes. Topped with a zesty and light dressing, there is no cooking required, and ready in under 10 minutes!
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediteranenan
Keyword: Cava copycat tabbouleh, Cava lentil tabbouleh, Lentil tabbouleh, Tabbouleh
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 324kcal
Author: Sunena Anand


  • 540 mL Canned lentils drained, rinsed
  • ½ English cucumber finely diced
  • 1 Beefsteak tomato deseeded, finely diced
  • 1 bunch Curly parsley finely chopped
  • ½ cup Fresh dill finely chopped
  • cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Sea salt


  • Prep parsley: Remove the parsley leaves from the stems, as best as you can. Finely chop the parsley leaves, and add to a bowl with the lentils.
    1 bunch Curly parsley, 540 mL Canned lentils
  • Prep the vegetables: Prep the vegetables by chopping them in an even-sized fine dice. Before chopping the tomatoes, remove the seeds using a spoon. Add the chopped vegetables to the bowl with the lentils and parsley.
    ½ English cucumber, 1 Beefsteak tomato
  • Dress the salad: Drizzle the salad with the olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt, and toss.
    ⅓ cup Extra virgin olive oil, 1 Lemon, 1 ½ teaspoon Sea salt


  • If you plan to make this salad ahead of time, you can salt the cucumbers in a colander and let them sit for 5-10 minute. Rinse the salt off, and then add to the salad. This will draw some of the moisture off out of the cucumbers, if the salad will be sitting.
  • Traditional Cava recipe: The Cava recipe uses onions in their recipe. I choose to not use them, as I find them a little overpowering for this salad. If you miss them, use them!


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 888mg | Potassium: 790mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1963IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 5mg