I found this recipe the other day via SparkPeople.com. I am trying to get my family and I to eat more healthier foods so now I am on the look out for recipes that I know everyone in the family will eat.
I made this two days ago and it was so good. It is like a tabbouli salad but with more fresh herbs, and the addition of brown lentils, a little more veggies, and some walnuts. My husband and I really liked the salad…the kiddos…well three out of four ate it and liked it. I will definitely make it again.
Here’s the recipe:
Herbed Lentil and Bulghur Salad (makes 4 to 8 servings)
1 cup of brown lentils
2 cups of water (for cooking the lentils)
1 cup of bulghur
2 cups of boiling water (for soaking the bulghur)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
3 tablespoons of fresh mint, chopped
3 tablespoons of fresh dill, chopped
3 -4 green onions, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1/4 cup roasted walnuts, roughly chopped (or if you prefer roasted pine nuts or roasted slivers of almonds)
1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives or sliced pimento olives
1/4 cup of lite feta cheese , used to top the salad with
chopped tomatoes for topping
salt and pepper to taste
Wash and rinse the brown lentils. Add to a pot with the 2 cups of water. Partially cover and cook for 20 minutes. Drain and place into a large bowl.
While the lentils are cooking, soak the bulghur wheat in a bowl with the 2 cups of boiling water. When the lentils are done cooking drain and remove as much of the water from the bulghur and then add to the lentils.
In a small frying pan, heat the olive oil and add the minced garlic. Cook for just a couple of seconds and then add to the lentils and bulghur.
Add the remaining ingredients, except for the feta cheese and tomato, and then add salt and pepper to taste. I really don’t think it needs additional salt because of the olives. The tomatoes and feta will be used to top the salad when you serve it. Just put about a tablespoon of the feta cheese on top of the salad and as much as the chopped tomatoes as you want.
Yummm, this is just soooo good! I am going to make some more for lunch today! Oh, and I want to add that this would go really well with some grilled chicken breast.