Fresh Bruschetta and Lentil Dip

Guys. I went running this morning and I DID NOT STOP ONCE.

Fresh Bruschetta and Lentil Dip

Okay. So maybe it was a measly mile-and-a-half jaunt around my neighborhood. Baby steps people.

Fresh Bruschetta and Lentil Dip

If you are one of those running nuts (yes, you are a nut) then shut up that inner monologue you’ve got going on right now. (“That’s a warm-up for me, before the real work begins.” “A mile-and-a-half? I could do that backwards in under 4 minutes.”) Shut it, I say! That’s MY thunder you’re stealing! Give it back!!

(I’m lookin’ at you Nathan. My brother ran a freaking Ironman a few years ago. 140.6 miles. Why do my family members have to be ridiculously awesome? I’m so cool when I’m not around them.)

Fresh Bruschetta and Lentil Dip

Fresh Bruschetta and Lentil Dip

Fresh Bruschetta and Lentil Dip

Running in the morning, no matter how far I don’t go, does wonders for the rest of my day. I feel energized and productive before I’ve even done anything. And if I do get in a slump, I can just be like, wait a second, I ran this morning, I’m not some lame-o stay at home mom youtubing yet another Happy video tribute while stuffing my face with dip. Ima go do stuff.

Fresh Bruschetta and Lentil Dip

At least it was healthy dip. Lookie! Lentils! Tomatoes! Basil! This Fresh Bruschetta and Lentil Dip is sooooo good you guys. I told you I’ve been on a lentil kick lately, I wasn’t lying. My friend served the original version of this dip at our book club a while back and I fell in love. It’s from Trader Joe’s: just a package of their steamed lentils, a tub of pre-made bruschetta topping, and a tub of feta. Thaaaaaat’s it.

Fresh Bruschetta and Lentil Dip

I created my own homemade version. I like the original, but this recipe has balsamic vinegar in it, so yeah, win. I think it’s a lot more flavorful. Their pre-made bruschetta is really good, but you just can’t beat fresh basil sometimes. I tried this 2 ways: once cooking the lentils myself and the next time I used the pre-packaged steamed lentils:

Fresh Bruschetta and Lentil Dip

It works either way. If you live near Trader Joe’s, save yourself a step. If not, just make your own. No big deal. It will be prettier if you use the steamed lentils because they stay firmer, but it doesn’t make that huge of a difference.  You can serve this with any kind of cracker. Pitas would be good. I’ve even seen people do sliced cucumber, which would make it super low carb.

Fresh Bruschetta and Lentil Dip

This is a great make-ahead appetizer, because the longer it sits, the more flavorful it becomes. It would be a fresh and easy choice for Easter this weekend. What are you guys making? If you need a ham recipe, make this Raspberry Chipotle Glazed Ham. (Don’t be scared by my horrendous photos. That recipe’s legit.)

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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Fresh Bruschetta and Lentil Dip

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 Servings
This Fresh Bruschetta and Lentil Dip is easy, healthy, and perfect for Easter or a summer get together. Feta for the win.


  • 8 oz uncooked lentils, OR a 1 lb package steamed lentils
  • 5 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 8-10 basil leaves, fresh, chopped
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cups crumbled feta
  • crackers or veggies for dipping


  • If you are cooking your own lentils, rinse and drain them in a colander. Bring a large pot of unsalted water to a boil and add the lentils. Boil, covered, until tender but not mushy, about 20-30 minutes. Drain and cool, then refrigerate until chilled.
  • Dice the tomatoes and add them to a large bowl, keeping as much of the juice as you can. Chop the basil leaves and mince the garlic and add it to the bowl.
  • Add the salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, and basil. Stir with a wooden spoon. Add the cooled (or pre-packaged) lentils and feta and stir again.
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour to let the flavors meld.
  • Serve with crackers, pitas, on toasted baguettes, or with sliced cucumbers.


You can leave out the dried basil if you want, just add more fresh.
I eat this stuff with a spoon, so you can totally make this a side dish if you want.
Source: The Food Charlatan (inspired by Trader Joe's)


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 859mg | Potassium: 399mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 518IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Calories: 241
Keyword: bruschetta, dip, Lentils
Did you make this? I'd love to see it!Mention @thefoodcharlatan or tag #thefoodcharlatan!

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    1. Hi there! Chopped halloumi would be a tasty substitute, or you could try something stronger like bleu cheese if you enjoy it. If you’d rather go with something mild I’d try subbing cottage cheese. We’d love to hear how it turns out! Enjoy :-)

  1. 5 stars
    This is downright delicious! I swapped the tomatoes for a bell pepper, and I added some artichoke hearts. I could eat the whole bowl in a sitting!

  2. This dip is DELICIOUS!! I doubled the amount of garlic (just because that’s what we like), but otherwise I followed it exactly. It was a huge hit and something that I’ll have on hand all the time. Thank you for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe!

    1. Doubling the garlic is always a great idea in my book too. I’m so glad you like it! It’s so nice having a healthy dip like this one! Thanks for reviewing :)

  3. I have made a version of this dip several times, after a good friend shared her sister’s recipe. It always gets rave reviews. And to contain the wholesome goodness when taking some, I use whole wheat scoops. They add a nice crunch, and hold about a Tbsp of the mixture. Yummy!

    1. Whole wheat scoops! That sounds like the perfect delivery method for this dip. I will have to try it out next time! I’m so glad you enjoy the dip Carol, thanks so much for leaving a comment! I love hearing from you!

  4. Can’t wait to make this! Can I use dried red lentils? I have the kind that come in a red bag from TJs. Thanks!!

    1. Hey Mary! Yes you can certainly use red lentils but you have to cook them first! Just boil or steam them however you like until they are tender. Then follow the recipe as usual. I hope you like it!

  5. Karen, this lentil dip look fabulous! I’m not a lentil eater, but I have them on the grocery list and I’m going to give them a try! Can’t wait to make this recipe soon!

  6. Girl, I WISH I could run a mile and a half without stopping! I’m actually training for a 5K right now, so I’ll get there. But running definitely isn’t in my DNA, so it’s a struggle.

    I am crushing on this dip so, so hard. Definitely the best recipe I’ve seen in a long time. I have a feeling I’d end up just eating it with a spoon! Pinning and making it soon!

  7. Hmmmm, this looks so delicious!! I love lentil-salads so this sounds like a very good dipping option! :) Perfect for summer…

  8. Hi Karen! First time visiting your beautiful blog. Love it! Thank you for sharing this delicious dip too! I’m right there with you in terms of running…it’s all about the baby steps!

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