Roasted Pepper and Lentil Salad

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 40 mins

This is based on a Weight Watchers recipe modified to suit my own tastes. A wonderfully simple salad that can play center stage at the meal or accompany grilled meat and vegetables. Travels well and would work well for a potluck or picnic.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 lb dry lentils, rinsed and picked over to remove debris
  • 6 cups water
  • 13 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 12 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 18 teaspoon table salt, to taste
  • 18 teaspoon black pepper, to taste
  • 13 cup reduced-fat feta cheese, crumbled


  1. Bring lentils and water to boil in a saucepan over high heat.
  2. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
  3. While the lentils are cooking, char the red pepper over a high flame on the stove until the skin is blackened and blistered.
  4. Place it in a paper or plastic bag for 10 minutes to get the skin to further loosen.
  5. Remove skin from pepper and dice into 1/2 inch pieces.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Drain lentils and transfer to a large bowl.
  8. Add vinegar, oil, garlic, peppers and basil; toss to combine.
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  10. Place salad onto serving platter/bowl or individual plates.
  11. Top with feta crumbles.
  12. Serve warm or chilled.
Most Helpful

This was way too vinegary for our taste - but the rest of the flavors were great. Next time I'll try it with 2.5 TBS of balsamic. Definitely worth tinkering with - this recipe has a lot of potential!

tamara.packer January 05, 2008

I made this for a family reunion and it was a big hit! Being pressed for time, I used canned lentils and jarred roasted peppers and that worked beautifully. I also used soy feta to satisfy the vegans in the crowd. It was fully enjoyed by all :)

cjbamboo May 21, 2007

Yum!! What an awesome dish. My whole family loved it. I used jarred roasted peppers, added a touch more balsamic, and was a little liberal with the S&P. We were all in heaven. I was happy that it is such a healthy dish to begin with and so different than anything else I ever make. I will definitely make this often and try it out on company soon.

DDW March 11, 2006