Rating: 4.43 stars
181 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 116
  • 4 star values: 40
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 4

This is a purely Lebanese recipe, which can be eaten cold in summer or hot in winter. Make sure you find the right Lentil type! It's healthy and yummy!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stir in onion and salt; cook until softened and translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in lentils, and cook for 1 minute. Pour in water, then bring to a boil over high heat, then turn heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 15 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add collard greens, and cook until wilted, about 10 minutes. When the lentils are tender, stir in the collard greens and season with cumin, cinnamon, and garlic; allow to simmer 10 more minutes. Stir in lemon juice before serving.

Nutrition Facts

307 calories; protein 15.2g; carbohydrates 38.6g; fat 11.8g; sodium 1778.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (139)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2007
I made this soup exactly according to the directions. It was vibrant and flavorful and provided a healthy way to use up my collard greens. Although my husband and I both enjoyed it, I do think the recipe needs tweaking. The lemon juice really overpowered the other flavors in the soup (this could be because I used freshly-squeezed juice), so next time I will start with 2 tablespoons and increase to taste. I will also sautee the garlic with the onions, which I think will give it a rounder, more complex taste. Finally, the consistency was a little watery for me, so I'll cut down on the water by 25% or so next time. All in all, very good with a few adjustments. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/20/2012
This recipe tastes better fresh than as leftover. It is just okay. Wasn't big on the cinnamon taste. Read More
(4)
181 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 116
  • 4 star values: 40
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
11/04/2007
I made this soup exactly according to the directions. It was vibrant and flavorful and provided a healthy way to use up my collard greens. Although my husband and I both enjoyed it, I do think the recipe needs tweaking. The lemon juice really overpowered the other flavors in the soup (this could be because I used freshly-squeezed juice), so next time I will start with 2 tablespoons and increase to taste. I will also sautee the garlic with the onions, which I think will give it a rounder, more complex taste. Finally, the consistency was a little watery for me, so I'll cut down on the water by 25% or so next time. All in all, very good with a few adjustments. Read More
(87)
Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2008
This is absolutely delicious! I was a little leery of the cinnamon and cumin, but they were great together in this soup. The lemon juice is a must - don't forget to add some at the end! I didn't find it to be too salty at all and I'm usually sensitive to sodium. I followed previous reviewers' advice and sauteed the onion with half the garlic and sauteeed the collard greens with the other half of the garlic. Make sure you cook the collards thoroughly - they can sometimes be a little tough if undercooked. I found that this made a little more than 4 servings. I filled up 4 leftover Chinese food pint containers and froze two of them. I plan to take them for lunch to work. This is a cheap, nutritious, and delicious soup. Thanks so much for sharing it! Read More
(47)
Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2008
This was yummy! Made it tonight for dinner and we gobbled up a couple of bowls. I cooked the onions & garlic together for about 5 minutes, then threw in the spices and cooked for another minute, then added the lentils and followed the rest of the recipe. Was great served with a light salad and some crusty bread. Will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/09/2008
Good... but I don't really like collards. I also used chicken broth instead of water which i would NOT recommend doing. It was MAJORLY salty. Next time i would stick to water and cut WAY back on the salt. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2007
This was great. I am getting a box of hearty greens every week from a farm and I was starting to run out of ideas! I used my mixed braising greens for the collards decreased the olive oil by about half used only about 1/4 of the salt used a little less water and sauteed the garlic with the onions. It still turned out great for less calories and sodium =) Thanks!! Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2007
Yum! What a great way to use up some of my collard greens - This freezes well too! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2008
This is a great soup. The recipe is for 4 servings, but it seems like 6 servings--it might depend on the size of the bunch of greens. I cooked the garlic with the onions and more garlic with the greens (am a garlic fan), and added more cumin too. I added a splash of vegetable broth to the water, and squeezed a small wedge of lemon per serving--perfect. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2007
This is wonderful tasty recipe! I pureed the Collard green after wilting it so kids won't know what they are eating!!! I also added whatever vegetables I had in the fridge to the mixture while pureeing it again for the benefit of the kids. Soaking the beans overnight made a huge difference in cooking time. Although I found the soup a little bland but adding a little chilli sauce made an amazing meal. Kids ate up without a single complain!! Can't believe Collard could taste this good. Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
02/26/2008
I found this recipe looking for a way to use collard greens before they went bad. The only change I made was using half of the garlic when sauteeing the onions and the other half when sauteeing the greens. I added brown rice when serving for a complete meal. Also I used just a bit of bottled lemon juice and let my family add to their own bowls to taste. A very healthy and simple recipe. Thanks. Read More
(11)
Rating: 3 stars
02/20/2012
This recipe tastes better fresh than as leftover. It is just okay. Wasn't big on the cinnamon taste. Read More
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