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Lentil Tabbouleh with Feta

Packed with herby freshness, Tabbouleh is a well-loved Middle Eastern favourite traditionally made with bulgur wheat. But this version comes with a twist – lentils and feta. Lentils give a lovely crunch and boost the nutrient value of the dish, while feta adds salty creaminess. This salad is usually served as a part of the mezze - a selection of small dishes – but is also perfect on its own.
Developed for Natural Life Magazine.
Course Lunch, Salads
Keyword Gluten Free, Grain Free, Sugar free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Lunch, Salads

Equipment

  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 bowl
  • 1 Serving Platter

Ingredients

  • 100 g Beluga or puy lentils rinse well
  • 20 g mint leaves finely chopped
  • 40 g flat parsley finely chopped
  • 150 g cucumber 1/4, peeled and de-seeded (see tip box)
  • 2 plum tomatoes de-seeded and finely diced (see tip box)
  • 100 g red onion finely diced (1 medium)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Udo’s Choice oil
  • Seasoning of sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 200 g feta crumbled *optional

Instructions

  • Place lentils into a saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until lentils are soft. Drain the lentils thoroughly, rinse under cold tap, shaking off any excess water. Transfer to large bowl. Whilst lentils are cooking prepare the remaining ingredients.
  • Gently mix all above ingredients together in a large bowl. Check seasoning, then transfer to a nice serving platter.
  • Serve as a salad in its own right or as part of a middle-eastern mezze plate, with hummus, falafels, pitta bread, Turkish flat bread, labneh, grilled meats, fish, haloumi and so on.

Maggie's Tips

  • To prepare the cucumber: Peel and cut in half lengthways. Scoop out seeds using a teaspoon. Slice the flesh into long strips and cut into dice.
  • To prepare tomatoes: Place tomato on cutting board, stem side up. Cut in quarters then use a small spoon or knife to scoop out the seeds and any tough white core. Slice flesh in thin strips and cut into dice.
  • Vegan friendly: Omit feta Swap feta for grilled halloumi.
  • Dairy free: Omit feta.
  • Omit feta and serve with fish or meats.