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Mimi’s Lentil Medley

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.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups (calculated without bacon): 225 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 404mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 5g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • kimspacc
    May 15, 2014

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

  • marlenemarlene
    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.

  • howeavenue
    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!

  • cynallo
    Jul 5, 2011

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

  • sholleman
    Jun 23, 2011

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

  • sholleman
    Jun 23, 2011

    Absolutely delicious!!

  • coffeeaddict24
    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!