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Mimi's Lentil Medley Recipe

Mimi's Lentil Medley Recipe

I made this one summer evening by putting together what I had on hand. My husband gave it his top rating. —Mary Ann Hazen, Rochester Hills, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium cucumber, cubed
  • 1 medium zucchini, cubed
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped soft sun-dried tomato halves (not packed in oil)
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh mint
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, optional


  • 1. Place lentils in a small saucepan. Add water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20-25 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  • 2. Transfer to a large bowl. Add mushrooms, cucumber, zucchini, onion and tomatoes. In a small bowl, whisk vinegar, mint, oil, honey, basil and oregano. Drizzle over lentil mixture; toss to coat. Add spinach, cheese and, if desired, bacon; toss to combine. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups (calculated without bacon) equals 225 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 404 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 10 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

Reviews for Mimi's Lentil Medley

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Reviewed May. 15, 2014

"Loved the dressing! It would make a great side dish for the summer."

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2013

"I loved it. People asked for the recipe. My husband wasn't too keen on it, but he thought it was okay."

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

"Maybe I did something wrong, but this basically tasted like salad with a side of lentils mixed in. I want to make it again because it's good for you and I'd like to give it another go, but no one in the family raved about it or asked for it again!"

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"I made this recipe for a party and got rave reviews."

Reviewed Jun. 23, 2011

"Absolutely delicious!! I didn't have honey so I used Karo syrup."

Reviewed Jun. 23, 2011

"Absolutely delicious!!"

Reviewed Jun. 1, 2011

"I made this for a family pitch it, and most of the adults loved it. :) I left out the mushrooms because we have picky eaters, substituted green onion for red onion, mint extract and real bacon bits as opposed to frying the bacon myself. I would definitely make this again!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.