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Author Notes: I've been eating quite a lot of lentils lately, and inspired by Nicole Franzen's lemon thyme lentils, I decided to make a salad of lentils with roasted red peppers. (I had yellow peppers and added them as well.) This is a great lunch, and can be adapted to your taste. I like things lemony so I added quite a bit of citrus--you can reduce it. I love onion and garlic in the salad, but don't add them when I am taking the salad to work for lunch. I keep the olive oil on the light side--you may choose to add more. While the lentils are the main event in this salad, the peppers add balance and sweetness, and roasting them is super-easy.
This is a great picnic salad because it keeps really well, no matter the weather.
- drbabs - drbabs
Food52 Review: Drbabs's salad would be the perfect make-ahead lunch (with or without onions). The different textures are nicely matched and you can balance the flavors to your liking. – Stephanie - The Editors
- 2 cups cooked lentils, room temperature
- juice and zest of one lemon
- juice and zest of 1/2 lime
- 3 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled, and cut into small dice
- 1/2-1 small sweet onion, finely chopped (optional)
- 1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced (optional)
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 cup finely chopped herbs of your choice (I used parsley, basil and oregano from my garden.)
- 1-2 glugs, good olive oil, or to taste
- salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- 1 dash red pepper flakes (or more as needed for heat)
- (optional) crumbled feta or goat cheese, to taste
- Stir lemon and lime juice and zest into cooked lentils. Add roasted red pepper, onion and garlic if using, and paprika. Stir gently, being careful not to break up lentils. Add olive oil a glug at a time till the balance between citrus and olive oil is to your liking. Salt, pepper, and add red pepper flakes and cheese, if using, to taste.
- Serve with arugula or other salad greens.
- This recipe is a Community Pick!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Picnic Dish
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Red Pepper Recipe