nutritional information

Per 1-cup serving:

  • Calories: 228
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Total Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 33 g
  • Cholesterol: 8 mg
  • Sodium: 116 mg
  • Fiber: 8 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
Gluten-Free

Greek Lentil Salad

Greek Lentil Salad

Serves 4

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

June 2011 p.61

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comments

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.

Erin - 2014-08-05 23:22:54

Yum

Kim - 2014-07-08 02:03:45

Very good salad, I did add kalamata olives

Melanie - 2014-06-05 01:50:51

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

SJ Cory - 2014-06-05 01:31:50

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?

Tami - 2014-05-29 00:46:25

Ensaladas Vegetarianas

Isabel - 2014-04-23 01:46:04

Yummy!

Faby - 2014-04-17 04:42:18

Lets try it

Sandu - 2014-03-03 03:13:03

Next WK

Rolanda Bynum - 2014-01-13 23:33:46

Children ate this without any complaints!

Sue Clewer - 2013-10-08 08:55:13

GREAT

Sharon Smith - 2013-10-07 18:14:14

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

ginhu - 2013-10-07 12:16:32

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

HD - 2013-08-29 09:41:18

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.

Jessica Morang - 2013-03-29 06:20:50

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?

Jolyane - 2012-05-27 20:57:20