Thursday, August 05, 2010

Another Favorite

I seem to be on a roll with recipes these days, so why stop when there's momentum? The abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables this time of year make salad a no brainer and often in summer, that's all I will eat for days on end. Well...that and ice cream. In any case, I've always loved Greek salad, but to eat just that for a meal always left me a little less than satisfied. Then a few years ago, I put together this:

It's my version of a beefed up Greek salad minus the beef, and yes, completely satisfying. Now I'll try to give you the recipe, but if I'm not totally precise, forgive me, I usually cook by feel and taste.

Lentil Salad

1 C French Lentils (if you can't find French lentils, I am sure that regular green lentils will work, but these are my absolute favorite and the hold their shape well.
3 C Water
1 or 2 Tomatoes
1 Long English cucumber
1 Pepper (green or red...whatever you have on hand)
1/4 Red Onion
Feta Cheese
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Pinch of sea salt
Fresh ground pepper

Boil the lentils in the 3 cups of water for about 45 minutes or until they are tender but still hold their shape. Drain any excess water. Chop up the tomatoes, cucumber, pepper and onion into medium chunks. Toss with the lentils. Make a dressing with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and juice of the lemon. Pour over top and toss. Crumble the feta cheese on top. Give it one last toss. Add a pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Enjoy.

I'll probably be making this again in a day or two will try to be a little more precise on those dressing measurements. Of course if you have your favorite dressing that you make with Greek salad, you could easily substitute it. I am sure that it will taste just as good.


Peter said...

Delightful summer appeal, captured beautifully in your blog and enhanced of a mouth-watering photo.

I luv Greek food and an abundance of Feta cheese.

May the summer extend as you educate the masses with lovely recipes.

Carla said...

Peter, Yes, Greek food is quite delicious. And of course I would also like summer to extend as I am not quite ready to go back into those dreary winter months quite yet.

we're doomed said...

I think you have a place on the Food Network.

Pink said...

yum yum yum i love french lentils

Pamela said...

oh boy. I'm a lentil fan. I have some wonderful lentil soup recipes that I use

My brother and his wife stayed with me friday night on their way north -- and they were going to be through kootenay, too

Wished I was going on vacation with them

Mark said...

Sounds great, thanks for sharing!

Carla said...

We're Doomed, If I only had time to fit it in.

Pink, Me too. So yummy.

Carla said...

Pamela, I hope you share you soup recipes. I am a fan too. You'll have to put the Kootenays on your itinerary for another time.

Mark, You're most welcome.

Steffi said...

Wow...these looks very yummy!Thank you for your recipe ,Carla!

Carla said...

Steffi, I hope you like it.