SUMMER LENTIL SALAD WITH FETA CHEESE

Perfect summer side dish!

I love enjoying it with quinoa and grilled zucchini sprinkled with parmesan cheese (amazing recipe too, should I share it? Of course I will, I’ll keep you posted!)

Now, you guys know I’m not the type to write long introductions to recipes ever since I embraced my authenticity. 

So let’s jump right in!

I love this lentil salad because it is:

– refreshing
– summery
– perfect cold
– quick to make
– has tomatoes 🙂
– easy
– light and fresh, yet super satisfying

Lentils are amazing. Aside from being super versatile, they’re nutrient bomb! Packed with fiber, lentils are going to keep you gut happy and healthy. 

If you want a healthy heart, lentils are going to help you with that too! They’re a great source of iron as well, which is needed for oxygen to travel where it’s needed – which makes this salad a great choice for your bleeding days. Speaking of blood, lentils are packed with folate, which is needed for proper red blood cell formation and healthy nerve functions. This lovely vitamins is especially important for pregnant women or women who would like to get pregnant; so this salad is a great choice if you’re working on a baby. 

They’re also great source of protein and complex carbs; this will give you delicious energy to rock your day, while avoiding blood sugar crush.

Feta cheese is one of the greatest treasures of Mediterranean kitchen. It’s beyond delicious and used in countless Mediterranean dishes, this one included.

I love it’s texture and saltiness. I also love that it’s made of sheep and goat milk – these are particularly beneficial to women who experience problems when consuming dairy. Sometimes goat/sheep dairy products are a wonderful substitute. 

It’s a great source of calcium, as expected, but also of riboflavin, vitamin B12 and phosphorus. It also contains selenium and zinc, both of which are important minerals for our hormone health.

Another great benefit from eating feta cheese are its probiotics; it contains live bacteria that are wonderful for your gut.

Eggs are a nutrient powerhouse! Just think of everything that’s needed to create a baby chicken; tons of good stuff. They’re also going to boost your folate levels, vitamin B12, riboflavin, phosphorus, selenium and zinc.

With it, they also contain vitamins E, D, K and B6.

It’s crazy how nutritious they are! All of that without even mentioning their huge protein levels – and not just any protein, but the protein that’s perfectly bioavailable in human body.

Tomatoes are awesome just because; they don’t need any nutrients. I may be biased here, though. 🙂

On a serious note, they’re gonna provide your wonderful body with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, as well as beta-carotene.

They’re also rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, manganese and fiber. No wonder I love them so much.

Long story short, this salad is a great option on any warm day!

NOURISH TO FLOURISH:


Lentils: B vitamins, zinc, iron, fiber, folate, copper
Feta cheese: riboflavin, vitamin B12, phosphorus, calcium, protein, zinc, selenium, probiotics
Eggs: vitamin A, folate, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, B12, phosphorus, selenium, Vitamin E, D, K & B6, zinc & the best protein
Tomatoes: beta-carotene, fiber, lycopene, vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, potassium
Olive oil: vitamin E, healthy fats

SUMMER LENTIL SALAD WITH FETA CHEESE

Perfect refreshing summer side dish

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (400g) brown lentils cooked (or canned)
  • 1 1/2 cup (ca 200g) Feta cheese cubed
  • 1-2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1-2 eggs cooked and chopped
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil or to taste
  • 1/2 lemon, juice
  • dill to taste
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Simply prepare all the ingredients, combine them in a bowl, gently stir your salad.

  2. Enjoy cold!

YOUR TURN:

What’s your favorite summer salad?

Don’t forget to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram when you make it, I love seeing your creations!!

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