Thursday, February 14, 2013

Middle Eastern Lentil Dish

I've had food on my mind lately...can you tell?

Bear with me as I share one more delicious recipe that I came across recently, as I was browsing my cookbooks...

This isn't a recipe that initially sounded great to me...the combination of lentils and salad?  But then I looked at it more closely.  (I've always enjoyed the nutty flavor of lentils, but not everyone in my family feels the same way)  I thought the salad also looked simple and good, so I decided to give it a try.

Good decision!

Middle Eastern Lentils

Lentil Mixture:

2 large onions, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup uncooked brown rice
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups uncooked lentils, rinsed
4 cups water

In a large kettle, saute onions in olive oil until soft.  Add rice and salt.  Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes.  Stir in lentils and water, bringing to a simmer.  Cover and cook until ingredients are all tender..about 50-60 minutes.

1 bunch leaf lettuce (or one bag pre-washed salad greens of your choice)
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced
2 green onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced

2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar

Mix dressing ingredients together in a jar or container with a lid.  Shake well to mix ingredients, and pour over tossed salad.

Serve lentil mixture on a plate, topping with salad.

Give it a try!  It's a simple, hearty meal that is surprisingly delicious!

We had this for supper last night, and the leftovers for lunch today...and it's just as good the second time around!

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  1. Looks and sounds good ! I will have to give it try ! Thanks for sharing ! Happy Valentines Day

  2. Well I have never tried anything like this it sounds delicious. It looks amazing. I will have to give it a try. Thanks Alica for broadening my meal plan:) Hugs B

  3. That looks really good! We don't eat lentils much and I'm always trying to find ways to incorporate them into our meals. :)

  4. I think I could handle both, but not sure about mixing them. That dressing sounds really good.

  5. HIII Well i'm a Lebanese and we eat a LOT of lentils and this is one of the dishes we always have, we replace the veggies with greek yogurt sometimes in the summer. Its so good! My husband an i have a dairy farm too and i was trying to find blogs to follow and i just love urs :)


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