Greek Lentil Salad

July 18, 2011


Lately, I’ve been riding my bike to and from work everyday. It’s great exercise, but it’s hard to ride with a packed lunch- unless that lunch is light.

In the summer, I like cool salads like this tangy lentil salad. It’s filling yet light and is an absolute cinch to travel with. You could eat this plain or atop a bed of lettuce. It would even be great over rice. Love versatile summer dishes like this one.

Ingredients: (makes 4 servings)

2 cups lentils (soak for several hours to reduce cook time)

1/2 cup chopped onion

juice and zest of 1 lemon

2 cloves of minced garlic

1 cup diced tomatoes

1/2 cup crumbled feta

1/2 cup chopped back olives

3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided)

salt and pepper to taste


Boil lentils on the stove top until tender.  In a skillet, heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil. Add onions and garlic and cook until fragrant and tender. Stir in lentils and lemon zest and remove from heat.

Add the tomatoes, feta, and olives. Stir until well combined.


Next, add the lemon juice and remaining olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.


Chill and serve.


This dish is great with a side of hummus and grape leaves. Enjoy!

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Shana July 20, 2011 at 6:59 pm

That looks incredibly yummy. When you mentioned the grape leaves, do you put the Hummus directly on them? I’ve only ever had them with rice but love the idea of using them as a wrap.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I use the stuffed grape leaves and eat them on the side. You can even use them like bread to scoop up the lentils. :)

Bec July 20, 2011 at 2:09 am

That looks so delicious. I cannot wait to give it a try. It is winter here in Aus though, how would it work if it wasn’t chilled?


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 20, 2011 at 7:46 am

Of course! :) Thanks for the comment!

Lesley July 19, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Oh, this is simple! And it sounds delicious.

Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 18, 2011 at 8:37 am

Yum! I would definitely bring this for lunch.

Mrs. Fish July 18, 2011 at 8:29 am

My lentil adoring husband would love this!

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