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Mediterranean Lentil Salad

 Mediterranean Lentil Salad
A light refreshing dressing lends a lemony lift to this Mediterranean mix of lentils, tomatoes, olives and feta cheese. "This good-for-you side taste terrific and goes together in a jiffy," says Melissa Nichols of Shorewood, Minnesota. "My family loves it served with homemade bread."
6 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes (about 4 medium)
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  • In a saucepan, bring water and lentils to a boil. Reduce heat; cover
  • and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Rinse under cold
  • water; drain. Place in a large bowl to cool.
  • Meanwhile, in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the lemon
  • juice, oil, garlic, sugar, thyme, salt and pepper; shake well. Add
  • tomatoes, celery, cheese and olives to lentils; toss to combine.
  • Add dressing and gently toss to coat. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 6
  • servings.

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Mediterranean Lentil Salad (continued)

Nutritional Facts: One serving (2/3 cup) equals 231 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 614 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 11 g fiber, 12 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 fat.