Greek Lentil Salad

I adore the Podleski sisters.. Janet & Greta.. co-writers of Looney Spoons & Crazy Plates, Eat Shrink and Be Merry, and the Looney Spoons collection.  I have 2 of their cookbooks, and use them regularly.  Of all the cookbooks I own, theirs are the most used in our home.

I recently discovered their Greek Lentil Salad from their webpage…<—(link to actual recipe is here) I’ve been making it regularly for my lunches at work.  Even though their recipes as written are amazing enough, I always alter to what I have in the house, what is fresh and local, what’s growing in my garden.. or what I feel like.

Today I made the salad, and added in some fresh raw green beans from my garden.  I also increase the amount of dijon mustard in the dressing, and the herbs.. (all fresh from our garden as well.)  I love going out there with my clippers and snipping off fresh dill, basil, cilantro, chives, mint, summer savoury, rosemary.. whatever my recipe calls for, or doesn’t and i just feel like. 🙂

Here’s the dressing:

  

Avocado Oil (instead of Evoo)
freshly squeezed lemon juice
apple cider vinegar
Agave (instead of honey)
dijon mustard (doubled)
minced garlic (doubled)
dried oregano
dash S & P

And here’s the salad:

  

2 cans of brown lentils
grape tomatoes
diced english cucumber (recipe says to peel, i always wash and leave peel on)
diced orange pepper (recipe calls for green, i like colour)
diced red onions
chopped pitted olives (recipe called for Kalamata, i used a mix)
chopped fresh parsley
chopped fresh mint

and then i realized i missed the most important item that is in just about EVERY Greek salad… FETA!!  How could I forget the Feta?  Beta late than Neva.

  

2 cups of this salad contain… (recipe makes 10 cups, yes, I measured)

349 calories (great for a full lunch!)
13.6 g fat (less if i used light feta!)
37.4 g carbs (meh)
15.3 g protein (wow!)
667 mg sodium (ouch)
8.4 g Fiber (yay!)

so next time, i am going to see what i can do to lower the sodium especially.. i do rinse my beans thoroughly, and i don’t think the dressing needed salt with the olives and feta….    In any case, it’s packed full of 3 very important things:  Protein, Fibre and most important… YUMMINESS!!!

Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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