Garden Fresh Lentil Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Garden Fresh Lentil Cucumber & Tomato Salad- summer vegetables are tossed in a tangy lemon dressing with fresh herbs and lentils for a light and refreshing summer salad! (gluten-free and grain-free)

Garden Fresh Lentil, Cucumber Tomato Salad- a light and refreshing salad packed with Mediterranean flavor! 11 grams of protein and less than 300 calories per serving!

Did you guys notice those two little words at the beginning of the title? The ones that read: garden fresh?

Yeah, that’s because this bodacious beauty of a salad uses ingredients that were sourced directly from our garden. Like, I literally stepped out onto our tiny 2 x 4ft patio and picked the tomatoes, cucumber, and herbs myself. Are you impressed?

Okay, before the man gets his pants all in a tiffy, I should clarify that he’s been doing the majority of the upkeep. I have yet to master my gardening skills but I did manage to keep everything alive during the two weeks he was away. And I harvested an insane about cucumbers in the process. Let me just say, I had no idea they were such prickly little bastards!

Garden Fresh Lentil, Cucumber Tomato Salad- a light and refreshing salad packed with Mediterranean flavor! Less than 300 calories per serving

Anyhow, upon the return of my sexy gardener, he requested that the fruits of his labor be turned into a tangy cucumber, tomato, and onion salad.

Well if it’s one thing all of us ladies know, it’s that our sexy gardener gets what our sexy gardener wants.

Garden Fresh Lentil, Cucumber Tomato Salad- a light and refreshing salad packed with Mediterranean flavor! Less than 300 calories per serving!

Ha! Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

On a serious note, his request resulted in one damn tasty summer salad. The crisp cucumbers and juicy tomatoes are tossed with fresh lemon juice, a little olive oil and vinegar, and plenty of fresh herbs like dill, parsley, and mint for maximum flavor.

Then I also added lentils and feta so that’s it’s satisfying enough to eat on it’s own. However if you’re avoiding dairy, feel free to leave out the feta. It’s honestly just as good without!

Garden Fresh Lentil, Cucumber Tomato Salad- a light and refreshing salad packed with Mediterranean flavor! Less than 300 calories per serving!

Outside of cooking the lentils, the whole thing comes together in a flash. I chose to peel the cucumber for aesthetic purposes but you can skip that step if you want.

It also makes for great leftovers. Everything continues to absorb the flavor of the dressing the longer it sits so it’s perfect to take for a cool and refreshing lunch!

Garden Fresh Lentil, Cucumber Tomato Salad- a light and refreshing salad packed with Mediterranean flavor! Less than 300 calories per serving

Garden Fresh Lentil Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Yield: 4 large bowls

Prep Time: 15

Total Time: 15

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Ingredients:

  • 2 large cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 2 cups cooked French green lentils (approx. 3/4 cup dry)
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (approx. 2 large lemons)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In large bowl, combine vinegar, lemon juice, and olive then whisk together. Add the cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, and lentils then stir together.
  2. Finely chop the fresh herbs and add them to the bowl with the vegetables. If using crumbled feta, add it as well and then stir together until everything is evenly coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Serve cold or store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 4 days.

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