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Lebanese Lentil Salad with Garlic and Herbs

I love lentils and fresh herbs, and this delicious Lebanese Lentil Salad with Garlic and Herbs has some of my favorite flavors! Use Salad Recipes find more recipes like this one.

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I love lentils which are a great low-glycemic and high fiber food even though they aren’t super low in carbs. And when it’s summer and I have those fresh herbs growing right outside my front door, I love to make salads like this Lebanese Lentil Salad with Garlic and Herbs. Recently I made the salad again and used quite a bit more herbs than I had when I first posted the recipe (back in 2010!) and decided I had to update the blog with this new and improved version. Of course if you don’t have fresh herbs readily available and have to buy them, you can certainly make the salad with less herbs than I used and it will still be good!

The recipe was adapted from Garlicky Lebanese Lentil Salad in Saveur October 2010, but I changed the proportions a bit the first time I made it for a more lemony salad and then changed it again for one with more herbs. And through the years I’ve made this with several types of lentils and all were good. When I made this with Jake to take the new photos, we couldn’t stop remarking about how good it was, and all that night I caught myself taking little tastes from the fridge. If you like lentils, garlic, and herbs, I promise you’ll make this salad over and over!


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How to Make Lebanese Lentil Salad with Garlic and Herbs:

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  1. Rinse lentils in a colander and pick out broken ones and any debris.
  2. Bring lentils to boil in 3 cups water (with a little salt if you like) and then lower heat and simmer until they’re tender 25-30 minutes. Cooking time is dependent on how fresh the lentils are. Older ones that have been on the shelf a while can take much longer to cook.
  3. While lentils cook finely mince the garlic. Then heat 2-3 T olive oil in a large frying pan, add garlic, and cook over very low heat until garlic is fragrant but barely starting to get some color, about 7-8 minutes. (Don’t let it brown!) Turn off the heat.
  4. Wash fresh herbs in a salad spinner (affiliate link) if needed, then coarsely chop.
  5. Whisk together lemon juice, 2 T olive oil, ground cumin and ground allspice.
  6. When lentils are tender, drain well and transfer to a bowl. Turn heat back on under the garlic and add the dressing mixture and heat about 1 minute.
  7. Then pour heated dressing over lentils and gently stir to combine.
  8. Let the lentils cool for a few minutes if they’re really hot, then stir in chopped herbs, season with salt and fresh-ground pepper, and serve.
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This can be served warm or at room temperature. Leftovers will stay good in the fridge for a day or two, although I like it best freshly made.

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Beans and Legumes Recipes Photo Index Page ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Lentil Salad with Green Olives, Red Bell Pepper, Green Onion, and Herbs ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
French Green Lentil Salad ~ David Lebovitz
Sweet Potato, Lentil, and Raisin Stew ~ The Perfect Pantry

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Lebanese Lentil Salad with Garlic and Herbs

Lebanese Lentil Salad with Garlic and Herbs

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 C green lentils
  • 4 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 cloves garlic, very finely minced (use more or less to taste and depending on the size of the garlic cloves)
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint (see notes)
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley (see notes)
  • 4 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Rinse lentils and pick out broken ones or any small stones.
  2. Put lentils in small pan with 3 cups water, bring to a boil, then simmer gently until lentils are tender, about 25-30 minutes. (Actual cooking time will depend on the freshness of the lentils. Older lentils will take longer to cook.)
  3. While lentils cook, very finely minced 10-12 fresh garlic cloves.
  4. Heat 2-3 T olive oil in small frying pan, add garlic, and cook over very low heat until garlic is very fragrant but barely starting to get some color, about 7-8 minutes. Turn off heat.
  5. While garlic cooks, finely chop desired amount of fresh mint and parsley.
  6. Whisk together lemon juice, other 2 T olive oil, ground cumin and ground allspice.
  7. When lentils are tender, drain well and transfer to a bowl.
  8. Turn heat back on under pan with the garlic, add lemon juice dressing mixture and heat about 1 minute. Pour heated dressing over the lentils, then gently stir to combine so all the lentils are well-coated with the dressing. (You can let it cool a little at this point if the lentils are pretty hot.)
  9. Stir in fresh herbs, then season the salad well with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  10. This salad will keep in the fridge for a day or two, but leftovers will taste best if you let them come to room temperature. You may want to add some fresh squeezed lemon juice to brighten the flavor when you eat it.

Notes

You can use brown lentils for this salad if you prefer, which will cook a bit more quickly. Use more or less herbs to taste, depending on availability and how much you like fresh herbs. You can use less lemon juice if you're not a huge lemon fan like I am.

Recipe adapted from Garlicky Lebanese Lentil Salad in Saveur October 2010.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

46

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 18 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 14mg Carbohydrates: 21g Fiber: 10g Sugar: 0g Protein: 1g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Salads made with dried beans or lentils are a great low-glycemic choice for any phase of the South Beach Diet. However, for phase one, portions should be limited to 1/3 to 1/2 cup dried beans. Since this Lebanese Lentil Salad with Garlic and Herbs is mostly lentils, keep that in mind and make serving sizes small. Lentils are not low in carbs, but they do have quite a bit of fiber. However, they wouldn’t be recommended for extremely low-carb diet plans.

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    62 Comments on “Lebanese Lentil Salad with Garlic and Herbs”

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  3. So I just found your recipe and it is amazing. Such warm and happy flavors… I ended up tweaking it a little bit for cold salad for a party… First off I doubled everything, then I added a diced cucumber, a bunch of finely sliced green onions, a small finely chopped red onion and maybe 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.

  4. can you freeze this?

    • It’s the fresh herbs that makes the salad so good and I think they will be pretty soggy after freezing. It will keep in the fridge well for several days though.

  5. This looked like such a bullseye, spot-on, my kinda recipe that I made it once, saw it/made it disappear like a magic trick, and within the week I made it again to take to a friends lunch where once again it disappeared and the requests for the recipe came rolling in.
    Thank you!!

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  7. I assume that ‘C’ stands for cup. What does ‘T’ stand for?

  8. so happy you re-posted this salad. Like you I keep taking spoonfuls of lentil salad, as I make them and from their place in the fridge after! Can't stop.

  9. Awesome. Hoping to make it very soon. Though some ingredients are not available in Kentucky.

  10. This recipe does make me miss my large herb garden, but it also reminds me to get out the jar of lentils that's always in the pantry!