Greek Lentil Salad

I adore the Podleski sisters.. Janet & Greta.. co-writers of Looney Spoons & Crazy Plates, Eat Shrink and Be Merry, and the Looney Spoons collection.  I have 2 of their cookbooks, and use them regularly.  Of all the cookbooks I own, theirs are the most used in our home.

I recently discovered their Greek Lentil Salad from their webpage…<—(link to actual recipe is here) I’ve been making it regularly for my lunches at work.  Even though their recipes as written are amazing enough, I always alter to what I have in the house, what is fresh and local, what’s growing in my garden.. or what I feel like.

Today I made the salad, and added in some fresh raw green beans from my garden.  I also increase the amount of dijon mustard in the dressing, and the herbs.. (all fresh from our garden as well.)  I love going out there with my clippers and snipping off fresh dill, basil, cilantro, chives, mint, summer savoury, rosemary.. whatever my recipe calls for, or doesn’t and i just feel like. 🙂

Here’s the dressing:

  

Avocado Oil (instead of Evoo)
freshly squeezed lemon juice
apple cider vinegar
Agave (instead of honey)
dijon mustard (doubled)
minced garlic (doubled)
dried oregano
dash S & P

And here’s the salad:

  

2 cans of brown lentils
grape tomatoes
diced english cucumber (recipe says to peel, i always wash and leave peel on)
diced orange pepper (recipe calls for green, i like colour)
diced red onions
chopped pitted olives (recipe called for Kalamata, i used a mix)
chopped fresh parsley
chopped fresh mint

and then i realized i missed the most important item that is in just about EVERY Greek salad… FETA!!  How could I forget the Feta?  Beta late than Neva.

  

2 cups of this salad contain… (recipe makes 10 cups, yes, I measured)

349 calories (great for a full lunch!)
13.6 g fat (less if i used light feta!)
37.4 g carbs (meh)
15.3 g protein (wow!)
667 mg sodium (ouch)
8.4 g Fiber (yay!)

so next time, i am going to see what i can do to lower the sodium especially.. i do rinse my beans thoroughly, and i don’t think the dressing needed salt with the olives and feta….    In any case, it’s packed full of 3 very important things:  Protein, Fibre and most important… YUMMINESS!!!