Saturday, July 10, 2021

Summer Fresh Recipe Series: Mediterranean Style Lentil Salad

This Mediterranean Style Lentil Salad is filled with protein, bursting with summer flavors from the tomatoes and cucumbers, and the tangy bite of feta cheese.  All doused in a wonderfully light Mediterranean vinaigrette.  Perfect along side all your summer dishes.  

Mediterranean Style Lentil Salad

Another great salad to add to our Summer Fresh Recipe Series.  This highlights summers fresh tomatoes and cucumbers.  Tossed with fresh spring greens, feta cheese, lentils, and a light and bright homemade dressing and you have a great side salad.

Perfect for all the summer grilling dishes, this salad goes with fish, chicken, pork or steak.  It's filled with healthy items but it is hardy on it's own.  This is one tasty salad!  Enjoy!

What Ingredients do I need?

  • olive oil
  • red wine vinegar
  • dried oregano
  • spring greens
  • cherry tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • parsley
  • feta cheese
  • brown or green lentils

Substitutions and Variations

  • Add chicken for a main dish salad
  • Omit the greens
  • Try Persian cucumbers
  • Add fresh herbs such as basil or mint
  • Try this with ricotta salata or goat cheese
  • Substitute spinach, kale, or swiss chard for the greens

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • Make a batch of lentils ahead of time and serve them as a side dish, stir in rice, toss in salads.
  • Mason jars are great for making and storing salad dressing.

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Mediterranean Style Lentil Salad

serves 4

1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp dried oregano
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

4 cups spring greens
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1/2 large English cucumber, diced
1/3 cup parsley
1/3 cup Feta crumbled
1/2 cup brown lentils cooked and cooled according to package directions

In a small bowl or mason jar add the ingredients for the dressing whisking or shaking until combined.

In a large bowl add the salad ingredients.  Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat.  Serve.

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