Rustic Lentil Salad
Rustic lentil salad makes a complete one dish meal. PB loves it, I love it, and it is healthy and balanced. I love that in one bowl we have a full meal that covers so many food groups and nutrient needs. It is a great recipe for those busy nights when no one feels like cooking, never mind cleaning a pile of dishes. Bulgur wheat is a main component of this recipe and can be found in the bulk food section of your market. Be sure to buy the smallest size bulgur they have.
This dish really brings me back to my and my husband’s roots. As a woman with Italian and Jordanian heritage, lentils are a significant part of my natural diet. As an Armenian, PB grew up with both lentils and bulgur wheat and loves both. I love dry lentils and other beans because they are healthy, inexpensive, last a long time, and don’t take up space in the cabinet.
Join me over the next two weeks as I share both new and old favorite dry lentil and pea recipes as part of my participation in the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Recipe Rivalry. I will focus on healthy dishes you can enjoy at home or bring to your next summer get together!!!
Rustic Lentil Salad
Serves 4 as a one dish meal
1 large onion, diced
2 tbs olive oil
1 cup dry lentils, rinsed
1 cup dry bulgur wheat, rinsed
5 cups water
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
4 oz fresh feta cheese
1 tsp cumin
dash of hot red pepper
kosher salt to taste
Heat olive oil in a big pot over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook for 15 minutes until the onions are translucent and almost brown. Add the cumin, hot red pepper, rinsed lentils and bulgur wheat and water and bring to a boil. After it comes to a boil bring the heat down and simmer for 30 minutes until the lentils and bulgur wheat are chewy yet slightly soft. Add the grape tomatoes and feta and mix until combined. Serve warm or cold, as you like. Enjoy!
Can you tell I am on a salad kick?
*Please note that this recipe was sponsored by USA Dry Peas, Lentils & Chickpeas.