Lentil, Lemon & Thyme Salad – A burst of flavours

Lentil, Lemon & Thyme Salad Andrea Hagan

Lentil, Lemon and Thyme Salad is a delicious side dish or main course lunch that packs a powerhouse of nutrients, helping you look good and feel great. Not only quick n’easy to make, it’s economical, low glycemic and scrumptious.

The burst of flavours in this salad comes from a combination of tastes and textures; sweet caramelized onions and garlic, tart fresh lemon juice, succulent cherry tomatoes and thyme blended with the earthiness of cooked lentils.

But, why try a recipe with lentils?

Lentils are a super food at a shoestring cost!

Incredibly nutrient dense, lentils contain a wide range of antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids and lots and lots of fiber. In addition, they are chalk full of healthy proteins and low glycemic carbohydrates.   In addition, lentils are low in fat and calories making lentils a great foundation for a vibrantly healthy meal!

Lentils come in a variety of colours and small sizes.  These small, but mighty legumes have the ability to help support cardiovascular health, blood cell production, digestion, detoxification, mental health, fetal development and a great nights sleep, to name a few.

Want to learn more about this super food, why it’s worth adding them to your weekly menu, as well as some quick and easy tips on how to use them?   

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Lentil, Lemon and Thyme Salad Recipe

I’ve made this Lentil, Lemon and Thyme Salad 4 times in the last 1 ½ months, tried a number of variations (see Tips and Serving Ideas below), and this mighty tasty salad just keeps getting better and better and more and more accolades.     Many, many thanks to my dear friend Rania for introducing me to this great recipe inspired by Rose Elliot’s Cheap and Easy Vegetarian cookbook.

Preparation time: + 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of green or Puy lentils
  • 2 large onions peeled and thinly sliced (I used my food processor)
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 2 tbsp. of Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 2 cups of chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1 – 3 tbsp. fresh thyme chopped or 2 -3 tsp. dried time
  • 2 – 3 tbsp. fresh parsley chopped
  • sea salt to taste
  • Juice from 1½ lemons freshly squeezed
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

 

Instructions:

1. Cook Lentils

  • Use a strainer to rinse and sort through your lentils, removing any bits that don’t belong
  • Boil a large pot of water, add lentils and reduce heat to medium
  • Cook 20 minutes or until lentils are tender
  • Drain lentils and place in bowl – set aside

2. Cook onions & garlic while lentils are cooking

  • Warm pan over medium heat and then melt Ghee (clarified butter) in pan
  • Add onions and garlic stirring often.  Cook until onions and garlic are caramelized, become sweet and turn a golden brown colour +20 min

3. Chop/cut while the onions and garlic are cooking

  • Cut cherry tomatoes in 1/2 or 1/4 based on size
  • Chop parsley & thyme finely

4. Make Lemon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

  • Juice lemon into small bowl
  • Add olive oil, vinegar, mustards and salt and whisk together

5. Put It All Together

  • To the lentils, add lemon vinaigrette, thyme, parsley, caramelized onions and tomatoes
  • Season with salt, if desired
  • Let sit at room temperature +30 minutes to mature flavours before serving

Tips & Serving ideas:

  • Make a big batch and keep it in your fridge for 3 – 4 days, using it for lunches, dinners and side dishes.
  • Serve it warm with roasted chicken
  • Serve it warm or room temperature as a main course lunch
  • Serve it at room temperature for a light summer dinner with a green leaf salad
  • Serve it at room temperature as a side dish with BBQ fish
  • Serve it at room temperature with the addition of  1 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa or basmati rice for a more dish.

I’d love to hear about your experience with this recipe and how you included it in your meal..

Do you have a great lentil recipe?  Share it with me and you may find it posted here some time soon…

 

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