Warm Lentil and Feta Salad

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recipe by Octopus Publishing https://octopusbooks.co.uk/

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    Total Time
    4hrs 20mins
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This hearty lentil salad combines the zesty and fresh flavors of balsamic and mint with slow cooked lentils, tomatoes and sweet peppers. Served cold sprinkled with feta, this would make a tasty light dinner or filling lunch.

recipe updated Feb 7, 2020


  • Puy lentils icon
    Puy lentils
    about ¾ cup (151g)
  • Onion icon
    1 (140g)
  • Red bell pepper icon
    Red bell pepper
    x 1½ (about 225g)
  • Water icon
    2.5 cups (600ml)
  • Feta cheese icon
    Feta cheese
    ½ cup
  • Pita bread icon
    Pita bread
    as needed
  • Cherry tomatoes icon
    Cherry tomatoes
    1 cup (202g)
  • Tomato paste icon
    Tomato paste
    2 tbsp (33g)
  • Fresh thyme icon
    Fresh thyme
    2 sprigs
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    4 tbsp (59ml)
  • Balsamic vinegar icon
    Balsamic vinegar
    2 tbsp (30ml)
  • Watercress icon
    2.5 cups (222g)
  • Mint icon
    as needed


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  • kCook icon Slow cooker
  • kCook icon Slow cooker bowl
  • kCook icon Large serving bowl
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Small bowl

Step preview

  1. Add puy lentils, onion, red bell pepper and cherry tomatoes to a clean slow cooker bowl
  2. Add water, tomato paste and fresh thyme to a clean medium bowl
  3. Add salt & pepper to the medium bowl generously
  4. Mix
  5. Retrieve slow cooker bowl
  6. Pour content of medium bowl into slow cooker bowl and cover
  7. Cook in slow cooker until tender - 4 hr, high heat
  8. Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar and watercress to a clean small bowl
  9. Toss gently
  10. Spoon content of slow cooker bowl into 4 large serving bowls
  11. Arrange salad in 4 large serving bowls
  12. Arrange feta cheese in the large serving bowls
  13. Garnish with mint
  14. Add red bell pepper to the large serving bowls
  15. Serve with pita bread
  16. Serve immediately
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