By Mindy Stillion on December 08, 2002
Photo by Stardustannie
Photo by Stardustannie
"the lemon and mint are the secret to giving these basic lentils their middle eastern flavor."
Serving Size: 1 (279 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"i have made this salad several times now and love it! i use the french puy lentils but don't cook them as long as the recipe states. i use dried mint, and also reduce the garlic since in this recipe it is not cooked. i founf that this makes great leftovers, the flavors blend and intensify. i plan to make this a lot over the summer."
"This was really good. I didn't know what to expect since it is my first experience with lentil salad, but it certainly won't be the last. The only change I made to the recipe was to lower the amount of oil. I do agree with one review that it is best served in smaller quantities since it is quite bold. I will be making this again."
"I liked this. It was easy to prepare as I had all of the ingredients on hand. I used mint AND fresh basil. I cut out 1 tablespoon each of the oil and lemon juice and it was just right. I brought the lentils to a boil and then turned them down to a very low simmer for 25 minutes. They were almost a little too soft but most of them held their shape really well. I poured ice water over them to stop the cooking process. Good recipe and good for you, too."
"Delicious with our without the cheese."
"This is amazing. I nixed the mint and added english cucumber. My only regret is that I didn't have enough feta cheese....."
"I made this recipe to take to a softball club BBQ. It was an outstanding success and voted best salad at the BBQ. So would recommend it as an economical, easy to make and delicious dish with a colourful presentation."
"oh, I loved this salad. I prepared the dressing separately and only added what I needed which was probably about half. It needs lots of freshly ground black pepper. I used green lentils and it was so nice even though I only had about 4oz of feta. I made mine at the start of the week and it kept well in the fridge for a couple of days. One lot of left-overs I added some cherry tomatoes and on another portion I added some diced fresh beetroot (OMG that made it even better). Dont omit the mint as it makes this salad. It was lovely to eat something that tasted so sinful yet it really good for you!!!!!!! Thanks Mindy xxx"
"The girlfriend was so-so on this, but I enjoyed it. I think it would make a healthy and economical addition to a BBQ or picnic. The meat-eaters in out family LOVE grilled lamb and I bet that this would be a hit as a side dish."
"Great recipe! We really enjoyed this, but it was strong enough (in a good and bold kind of way) that I think next time I'd plan on getting more servings out of this as smaller side dishes. Still, so delicious, and the mint was really a great touch. Thank you!"
"The feta really made this special adding just the right amount of saltiness and punch. I agree that a bit of tomato would also have been a good addition."
"This is delicious! I have fresh mint in my garden and used it in this recipe. You're right, it gives it a wonderful flavor. I also used fresh lemons for the juice and can lentils for convenience/speed. The thing I love most about this salad is that it's perfect for brown bag lunches, and it's super healthy. I'm making more tonight. Thank you for posting!"
"Taking note of Stardustannie's review, I used tinned lentils, which made it so quick to make for lunch today. A nice blend of salty, sour sweet from the capsicum and an interesting mix of textures. I would have enjoyed maybe half the capsicum and a tomato in it."
"I agree. This is a very refreshing salad. Instructions were easy to follow and so easy to put together. I was a real hit with the family. It was such a light meal to have; get filling. I served this with spinach salad and Greek Potatoes - recipe #87782. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us."
"A very refreshing salad that's easy to throw together....would be made quicker with the use of canned lentils. I had it for lunch with some nice home made bread...YUMMO! Can’t wait till the BBQ season now, it'll be a great addition to the salad table."
"Cooking lentils on low heat will help them keep their structure. It takes a little longer, but it will keep them from turning into dal. Also, french lentils are smaller and fatter than other lentils (ie: most lentils you find in the supermarket). French lentils are used when you want to keep them whole for salads and such. I have done the low heat on regular lentils, and it works for me. Also, salting your water before you bring the lentils to a boil can help them keep their shape."
"Okay, this is awesome! The flavors are fantastic. BUT, HELP - my lentils went all mushy. Did I overcook, or are they supposed to be mushy (like dahl)??"
"This is delicious; I've had the recipe for a while and made it several times (most recently for a 4th of July barbecue) and everyone who tries it is impressed. I really like the flavor of the mint. This time, I found there was too much dressing (I think this may be in part because I didn't use the full amount of cheese), so if your measurements are a bit loose, it might be a good idea to whisk those ingredients together and then add as needed. I've successfully used balsamic vinegar instead of lemon juice; it's a different flavor, but still very tasty."
"This is a superb salad, one that I am sure to make often. The ingredients while simplistic prefectly blend with each other. Wouldn't change a thing. Thank you Mindy for sharing this wonderful recipe."
"This salad is wonderful! I cheated though and used canned lentils because I was in a hurry and it was fine. The fresh mint, lemon and garlic is a wonderful combination and the feta cheese just tops it off. I will be making this again and again for sure. It would be great for a pot-luck too, because it's a little out-of-the-ordinary and there's not likely to be two lentil salads. Thanks Mindy!"
"I KNEW I would like this - all of the ingredients are my favorites! This was so delicious that I had to eat some of it before it even cooled. ( I did omit the mint to please the family) I know this will be in our dining room quite frequently. Thanks ever so much for sharing!"