Barefoot by the Sea: Mediterranean Lentil Salad (Easy and Economical!)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Mediterranean Lentil Salad (Easy and Economical!)

A quick, healthy and delicious salad is in order these days.  As the weather begins to warm up, I know "shorts weather" is almost here and it's time to really kick healthy eating into high gear!  This salad is good for you and economical!  We eat a lot of lentils through the Winter but I rarely experimented with them in salad...until now! 
 
Mediterranean Lentil Salad

  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • 1/2 large lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2  tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • splash red wine vinegar
  • big pinch of coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced 
  • 1/2 chopped red onion
  • handful of sliced black olives
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, small diced
  • 4 oz crumbled feta

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    Instructions
    1. Cook lentils according to directions.
    2. Drain lentils well and place in a large glass mixing bowl. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to lentils and stir. Taste for seasoning and set aside to cool.
    3. Add your diced vegetables (red pepper, onion and olives) to your bowl of lentils and combine. If serving immediately add cucumber and feta cheese. If not serving immediately you may want to add those right before serving. Taste for salt and pepper and enjoy!
    This is a great salad when you want something a little different.  Makes a nice side dish as well! 

    7 comments:

    1. yum! This looks great! I have some red lentils in my cupboards...I might try the recipe with those.

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      1. I hope you enjoy it! Riley in particular loves it!!!

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    2. OMG! I am actively searching for whole grain vegetable recipes and I am definitely going to make this! This weekend. Going to store today so will pick up ingredients! Thanks so much!!!

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      1. I hope you enjoy it! It's perfect for Spring and lighter eating!

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    3. It looks delicious, Jessica. I love mediterranean salad recipes with cucumber and feta.

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    4. I bought lentils for the first time this past winter. I really liked them so now I need to learn more ways to prepare them!

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