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Greek Lentil Salad

Try this salad as a take-along lunch or a light dinner. Unlike most dried beans, lentils don’t need to be soaked before cooking, but they still offer all the same protein and fiber benefits.



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1 cup French green lentils, rinsed and drained
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¼ small onion
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2 bay leaves
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1 large shallot, finely chopped (¼ cup)
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2 Tbs. lemon juice
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1 small cucumber, diced (1 cup)
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2 medium tomatoes, diced (1 cup)
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¼ cup chopped fresh mint
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1 Tbs. olive oil
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¼ cup crumbled feta cheese


1. Place lentils, onion, bay leaves, and 6 cups water in large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 25 to 30 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Drain, remove onion and bay leaves, and cool.

2. Stir together shallot and lemon juice in large bowl. Add lentils, cucumber, tomatoes, mint, and oil; stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Chill 1 hour, or overnight. Serve topped with feta.

Nutrition Information: 

12 g
Total Fat: 
7 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
33 g
8 mg
116 mg
8 g
4 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

Love lentila might add Turmeric....little cumin

better not eat feta cheese or any other cheese with lentils or spinach because the calcium that cheese contains prevents iron absorbance from the body

Can't wait to try this yummy looking dish :)

Lentils are one of my favorites I am sure I will enjoy this recipe.

This recipe is awesome!

This dish look nutritiousness!

Made this yesterday, but sprouted the lentils instead of cooking them. YUM!!!

And if you leave the cheese out, it looks like a very tasty vegan dish :)


Penny that has not been proven, and soy has also been shown to decrease iron absorption. The simple solution is to have Vitamin C when consuming POSSIBLE iron inhibitors. IE glass of OJ with this meal.

This recipe leaves lots of options open as well. I could add roasted asparagus, or peppers, zucchini, etc. etc. Definitley a must try!

I remembered seeing this the other day but not the details. So, today I used some leftover lentils, brown rice, chopped tomatoes, salsa and spinach. Heated with a little olive oil, warmed a tortilla, squirted it all with lime juice and wrapped the whole along with some avocado in the tortilla. Delicious.

This was delicious. It will definitely become a regular summer dish for me. It would be great to take to a potluck, too.

I made this recipe exactly as it read but added a teeny bit of fresh chopped basil with the mint at the end. My family of 5 had it for dinner last night and didn't rave about it but thought it was pretty good. We all thought it needed some more flavor. Also, it really made more like 6 entree servings. Nice light, cold recipe for a hot summer day.

Sort of took this in a different direction, as it came out a little bland at first (a problem I often experience with the recipes on here). Added some chopped basil as Amy mentioned, as well as extra lemon juice, a couple splashes of red cooking wine, and some diced smoked goat cheddar I had lying around (Gouda or mozzarella would have been good too). Much heartier, and very good.

I make this without the cheese and love it! You definitely need to use French green lentils.

I've been making a version of this for 3 years. My dressing is: olive oil, redwine vinegar or balsamic, 3 tbl fresh lime juice, 1 teas cumin, paprika, sea salt & pepper and some fresh crushed red pepper flakes to taste. add to cooked french green lentil with fresh chopped cucumber or zucchini, red pepper, tomatoes, (what ever veggies you like) tons of fresh chopped cilantro and lastly cubed avocados. It is amazingly delicious!

Will other types of lentils work as well?

This is very good, but be sure not to overcook the lentils. I used ordinary lentils, not having access to French ones.

Also be sure to drain the lentils really well, leave them for a time in the colander.

I made the mistake and used regular green lentil. It was missing a bit of punch to It. Does the French lentil taste much diff?

I am a dork and forgot the lentils at the store but I used chickpeas and it still turned out very well! The mint just gives it a very light refreshing taste. I added some fresh ground pepper and kalamata olives.

It certainly is bland as the other comments state. I added a small amount if raspberry walnut viniagarette, but it still could use some kick. Definitely a quick n light dish tho

do I need to combine this with a grain to get complete protein?


Children ate this without any complaints!

Next WK

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I used red wine for the lemon, increasing amount to taste. To boost the flavor, I added 1 tsp dried marjoram (oregano would also work), thinly sliced red onion and kalamata olives. I also seasoned the lentil water with salt and added a couple cloves of crushed garlic to the water. Instead of mint, I used Italian parsley. Increased EVOO to 1/8 cup. I happened to have orange lentils on hand, so used those. They actually added some pretty color. Very tasty salad! Will definitely make again. For those who found it bland, did you season your lentil water and the salad?

I made this tonight with a few modifications. It was very tasty. It's one for my regular rotation.

Very good salad, I did add kalamata olives


It really is bland as others suggested so make sure and doctor it up. Olives are a great choice and spices. Also used sherry vinegar instead of lemon and salted the lentl water. Its good and relatively easy just needs more flavor as is.