Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a wonderful Mediterranean starter or side dish.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring water, lentils and thyme to boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and cook for 10-15 minutes until lentils are soft and water is absorbed (for cooking time: refer also to package directions).
  3. Remove Thyme Sprigs and mash Lentils.
  4. Add salt, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and pepper to taste. Mix well.
  5. Serve warm or cold. Decorate with black olives, capers, cherry tomatoes and onion rings.
  6. NOTE: Mirj suggested to add some lemon zest to the lentil puree. Thank you Mirj, I think this is a great idea to support a fresh note.
Most Helpful

Great recipe! I used dried thyme, too, and omitted the capers but added some lemon zest which indeed is a lovely addition. Thanks for posting!
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Mia in Germany March 31, 2012

It was very watery, i am not sure what i did wrong, i had the lentils cook for hours. But the taste was great, thanks for sharing.

Iceland March 25, 2010