This is the only way my family will eat lentils. It is fast, healthy, inexpensive and tastes good!

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Ingredients

14
Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place lentils in a large pot with enough water to cover be a few inches. Bring to a boil, and cook until lentils are tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water in a colander to cool. Let stand for a few minutes to drain well.

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  • In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice. Add the red pepper, onion and green olives, and toss to blend. Refrigerate for about 2 hours before serving to blend the flavors. This salad tastes better the longer it sits.

Nutrition Facts

210.6 calories; 8.7 g protein; 21 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 482.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (22)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2004
You have to love lentils to really like this recipe. I took it to a barbeque tonight for a vegetarian friend and got lots of compliments on it. It is excellent either at room temperature or cold right from the refrigerator. Thank you for a very good recipe. Will make this again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/05/2004
This salad is just okay kinda bland. It's missing something but I couldn't figure out what. Read More
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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2004
You have to love lentils to really like this recipe. I took it to a barbeque tonight for a vegetarian friend and got lots of compliments on it. It is excellent either at room temperature or cold right from the refrigerator. Thank you for a very good recipe. Will make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/07/2008
i made this for a pinic which had a very broad spectrum of goers and had none of the salad left to bring home so it was definatly a hit. i did add a bit of sea salt and some red wine vinegar because it was a bit bland tasting. will be making this again possibly with the addition of cucumber and feta cheese to help kick up the flavor. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/05/2004
This salad is just okay kinda bland. It's missing something but I couldn't figure out what. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/20/2004
Did I read 2 cups of chopped green olives?? I only added 1 cup but I hand picked most of it out and I love green olives! I give this recipe 3 stars because I think it has potential (if you are a big lentil fan.)I will try it again using 1/2 cup green olives and maybe 1/2 cup sliced black olives for color and taste contrast. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2007
Like other reviewers I modified the base recipe a bit addding cilantro black olives (in addition to the green ones) and a diced cucumber. I also substituted (half) a red onion for the called-for white onion. The recipe seems to be widely variable...I was thinking some peanuts cashews or pistachios thrown in might be good next time. The salad only improves with age by the way!! Yium! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2011
I really liked this recipe - it's so quick and easy to prepare! I added some celery and grated carrot which added some variety and extra colour! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/21/2006
This is a pretty tasty salad with the addition of 1 tsp cilantro. I added paprika first to zip it up but that didn't cut it. I then added the cilantro which helped immensely. I also cut the green olives back to 1 cup. I find green olives repulsive and couldn't imagine eating something that tasted mostly like green olives. I will more than likely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/12/2009
This was the first time I cooked with lentils (which is odd because I love them!). This salad was nice and different. I halved the recipe and it still made a large amount. I cut the olives down by 1/4 and it was plenty salty/tangy. I added Feta cheese on top. My hubby really liked this salad too! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/12/2009
Great basic recipe. I went with the other reviewers additions plus more. I love onions so I put a generous amount of that fresh cilantro red bell peppers cucumbers chopped jalapenos from a jar and chipolte Tabasco sauce. Yummy! Yummy!!! Read More
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