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Recipe for Lentil Salad

Updated on July 3, 2013
Lentil salad with fresh herbs and vegetables
Lentil salad with fresh herbs and vegetables | Source

Side Dish for Social Gatherings

Summer is the time for picnics, barbeques, and family gatherings. It's a time when groups gather together to share outdoor recreation and traditional home style cooking. A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables are in season and plentiful. This is a great time to get in shape, drop a few unwanted pounds, and eat a little healthier. A cool fresh lentil salad is great healthy recipe to share with others at your next get-together, pack for lunch at the office, or add as a simple side dish for family meals.

Lentils are low in fat and high in folate, protein, iron and fiber. They are also known to help lower cholesterol and help stabilize blood sugar levels. For a vegan diet, lentils are a great source of a protein supplement. They fill you up and give you energy so you won't feel the need to grab an unnecessary snack just to fight that afternoon fatigue.

Lentil varieties
Lentil varieties | Source

Healthy Alternative to Pasta Salad

Recipe and Instructions:

1 cup dry lentils

1/2 to 1 chopped red bell pepper

1/2 to 1 chopped yellow bell pepper

3/4 cup chopped red onion

1 chopped cucumber

1 8 oz. can chopped black olives

1 Tbsp. crushed fresh garlic

Fresh basil chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

squeeze of lemon juice

garlic salt and sea salt

In large pot, add 1 tsp. sea salt or garlic salt to 3-4 cups of hot water. Add lentils and simmer approx. 15-20 minutes. Do not over cook. Lentils should be slightly hard. Drain lentils and rinse with cold water. Toss in olive oil and chill for 1 hr. Add peppers, onion, cucumber, black olives, garlic, olive oil, fresh basil and lemon juice. Sprinkle with garlic salt to desired taste.

Suggestions: This is a salad that can use different variations of vegetables and spices based on preference and available ingredients. You may want to try adding carrots, broccoli, fresh jalapeno and / or fresh tomatoes. Substitute lemon juice with balsamic vinegar or add fresh cilantro or oregano.

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    • sadieanne profile image

      sadieanne 4 years ago from China

      Mmm, this is exactly the kind of recipe I was after to add some excitement to my salads, thanks for sharing!!

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      4wardthinker 4 years ago from Sierra Nevada CA

      Thanks for checking it out! I hope you will enjoy it as much as my family and I.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love lentils and also have many recipes. Never tried a lentil salad, and this one looks easy and has fabulous healthy ingredients..which I love. Thanks for the great hub.

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      4wardthinker 4 years ago from Sierra Nevada CA

      I'm glad you like the recipe. I love healthy recipes that are packed with vitamins and nutrients that won't cost a lot. I can make it a little different

      with whatever I have on hand. Thanks for the positive words from a fellow hubber who also has great recipes to share with others.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Don't you just love doing the recipes. What fun to create these great and healthy dishes and share them. Maybe inspire to eat healthier. You always have such lovely photos. Thanks again for great complements....

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      nmdonders 4 years ago

      I love lentil salad but have never made it myself. This is another recipe I'll have to save and make later. Hub Pages has been great lately for different meal ideas. Thank you for sharing this.

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      4wardthinker 4 years ago from Sierra Nevada CA

      Thank you for your kind words nmdonders. I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to make it. It is very healthy.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I am going to a cookout at the end of the week, and was trying to figure out what to bring. I think I might give this a shot! I have lentils, but haven't used them much.

      Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. If you don't mind, I would like to post a link of this to my hub on Barbecue Cookouts.

      Have a wonderful evening!

      ~ Kathryn

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      4wardthinker 3 years ago from Sierra Nevada CA

      Thanks for reading Kathryn. This is one of those recipes you can be creative in adding a variety of fresh chopped veggies. I hope you like it. Sure you can post a link to your cookout hub. Happy B-B-Qing!

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