Lemony Lentil, Asparagus and Tomato Salad with Feta Cheese is light, healthful, perfect for a spring meal and will go with just about anything!
The inspiration behind this recipe:
After eating way too much recently, I’ve been craving something healthy and light. This Greek-inspired Lemony Lentil, Asparagus and Tomato Salad with Feta Cheese has so many of my favorite things!
We had all the ingredients on hand:
- Brown lentils
- Grape tomatoes
- Red onion
- Lemon juice
- Olive oil
- Feta cheese
Keep fresh lemons in a bowl and Italian parsley in the fridge and you’ll be able to create so many things!
Tips for making Lemony Lentil, Asparagus and Tomato Salad with Feta Cheese:
- Always try to think ahead a little bit when you’re cooking and try to combine steps if possible. For example, I start with a saucepan of salted boiling water to blanch the asparagus. This may be common sense but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve inadvertently spilled out cooking water I could have used again!
- Scoop the asparagus out with a small sieve because you can use that water to cook the lentils.
- You’ll also need to prepare an ice bath to “shock” the asparagus once you’ve blanched it. This process “sets” the color.
- Use that ice water to help cool the lentils. You’ll save time and resources!
This is one of those salads to enjoy in so many ways and it will go with just about anything! How about topped with some grilled chicken? Alongside shish kebab? Oh, yeah!
Want more great spring-inspired salad ideas? Be sure to check out:
- Arugula, Egg and Asparagus Salad with Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette
- French Lentil Salad
- Roasted Beet Salad with Walnuts, Goat Cheese and Honey Balsamic Dressing
- Cucumber, Tomato and Red Onion Salad with Yogurt Mint Dressing and Feta Cheese
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- 1 pound thin asparagus, cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces
- 1 cup dried brown lentils
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley plus more for garnish
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- Lemon slices, for garnish
- Prepare an ice bath.
- Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook 10-15 seconds or until it turns bright green. Remove with a small sieve and transfer to the ice bath.
- Add the lentils to the boiling water and cook 15-20 minutes or until they're tender, being careful not to overcook. Drain and rinse under cold running water (and use the ice water). Drain well. Pat the asparagus dry.
- Combine the lentils, asparagus, tomatoes, red onion and parsley in a bowl.
- Whisk lemon juice, olive oil and garlic together. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
- Add the feta cheese and toss. Garnish with parsley sprigs and lemon slices. Serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 307mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 8g
The nutritional information above is computer-generated and only an estimate. Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.