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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Here’s how I chop tomatoes tiny-like.

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  1. 1) any recipe inspired by TJs is a superb recipe. YAY.
    2) how did you know I have a giant tub of feta in my fridge just waiting for this?? Nomm.
    3) you just inspired me to waste about 9083745982 minutes watching Happy videos. UGHHHH. So addicting. That one girl in the vest is an AWESOME dancer!!

  2. I ran out to the mailbox without stopping the other day and I was feeling pretty proud of myself until you started in with your MILE AND A HALF run. Holy crap, that’s far- yet not so far as to make me doubt your sanity. Your brother, on the other hand, well- let’s just say I have some suspicions.
    This dip looks awesome. I’ve got thirty tiny heirloom tomato plants that are about an inch high. This summer I will probably eat this dip every single day. EVERY SINGLE DAY.
    (I don’t know why I’m talking in all caps like this. Probably a side effect of all the running to the mailbox I did earlier in the week.)

  3. Yum, this looks filling and delicious! And that mile and a half jaunt is a mile and half more than I have ran in the last … oh … years!

  4. Two thumbs up on the run! I really need to get back into running, now that the weather has warmed up. Like you said, it really does do wonders for the rest of your day. ;) I could totally see myself going for a run and then coming back to stuff my face with this gorgeous dip! Obviously I’m loving all the feta and the fact that you put bruschetta in a dip! So. Dang. Amazing. Seriously, I don’t even think I would need any chips for this dip. Just put in a bowl and give me an extra-large spoon, please. ;) pinned!

  5. My idea of “running” consists of jogging while my dog outruns me, leaving me winded after a half a block.

    Must have this dip! I feel like it would be ok to eat a whole batch myself since there’s lentils in it… What do you think???

  6. But does your brother cook awesome food and take gorgeous photos of it? ;) I’m with you on running a mile and a half. Maybe. If I’m lucky. And I haven’t run since before I had Wendy, so I doubt I could make it that far currently!

  7. This looks absolutely delish! We love Greek inspired dishes in our household. Will have to try. Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Oh my gosh … must have this dip! I am on a HUGE lentil kick right now and you combined then with some of my favorites (bruschetta .. feta .. yes yes!). And that’s awesome on running – I’m the same way. I’m trying to get back into running and am very proud of myself for running 20 minutes without stopping to walk : ) So go on girl!

  9. Whatever, you’re cool even around your family members. Who else is going to respect you for growing out of the whiny voice you had for fifteen years?

  10. I think the most I’ve ever ran is like 5 miles and it only happened one time, lol! A mile and a half is awesome-so go you! I love lentils! This looks Awwesome!

  11. I actually really love bruschetta. I love the twist on the classic and the flavours you brought here!

  12. Dips and bruschetta are my 2 favorite things to serve as appetizers because they are quick, easy, and usually can be made the day before. I’m totally loving this fresh idea! Can’t wait to try it when I host the next dinner party. :)

  13. Hi Karen, good for you running a mile and a half Yea! also your lentil dip looks amazing, love the combination.

  14. When I read you ran a mile and a half I was thinking “Go Karen!” Um, I would be shocked if I could run a mile without stopping. I HATE running. I’m an elilptical girl. Can’t believe your brother did an Ironman! Gah!

    This dip looks SO good! After your lentil tacos you inspired me to start using lentils more. And what better way than dip?

    And thanks for linking to my cheddar curry dip friend!

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