Traditional Greek salad is so delicious on its own—the creaminess of the feta against the crunchy cucumber and sweet tomatoes is a perfect combination. And adding lentils is an easy way to up the protein. This classic salad is just the lunchtime pick-me-up you need to give you energy to attack the rest of the day. Add grilled salmon, chicken, or shrimp for even more of a protein boost if you're extra hungry.

14 Ingredients

  • 2 cups lentils du Puy
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 lemons, zested
  • 6 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 garlic clove, grated or minced
  • 1/2 cucumber, cut in 1/4-inch cubes
  • 6-8 ounces feta cheese

Directions

<ol> <li>Place lentils in a saucepan with 4 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Strain and set aside.</li> <li>Whisk olive oil, zest, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. (It should be well seasoned as it will be tossed with remaining ingredients.)</li> <li>Add vinaigrette to lentils and allow lentils to fully cool. When cooled, add herbs, onion, tomatoes, garlic, and cucumber. Stir gently to combine.</li> <li>Transfer salad to a large serving platter and crumble feta over top.</li></ol>

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