Lentil-Red Pepper Salad

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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. – StephanieA&M

Serves 4

  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. Serve with arugula or other salad greens.

Tags: Easy, flexible, lunch, Vegan

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over 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This looks delicious! I love lentils and am always looking for a new way to make them. Thanks! Oh, and I'm in the onions and garlic camp too! Yum!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

It's really better with them--thanks!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

This looks really great and so healthy, too! I made a red quinoa salad with red pepper today which looked soooo ugly I am not even going to enter it!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh--you should--it's not just about looks! I bet red quinoa and peppers are delicious together.

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over 3 years ago cheese1227

Oh, I KNOW I sould eat more lentils. This looks good enough to make that happen this week!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks--I hope you enjoy it.

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over 3 years ago Lizthechef

This looks delicious and I can't wait to try it!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks--good to have you back on the site--I hope your friend is OK.

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over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I would eat a lot of this WITH onions! :-) But then, I am not a doctor ...

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

The onions and garlic definitely add a lot of flavor...