Roasted Vegetable Lentil Salad With Feta and Arugula

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Roasted Vegetable Lentil Salad With Feta and Arugula

In this Mediterranean-inspired roasted vegetable lentil salad,  fresh arugula and lentils are paired with savory roasted eggplant red bell peppers and onions, then tossed with creamy feta for a beautiful side dish worthy of entertaining or any meatless Monday. 

Take advantage of sales on eggplant and red bell peppers – just $1.00 each and O Organics canned lentils to make this delicious lentil salad for dinner this week. 

It’s fresh, full of flavor, healthy, and easy on the budget.  It’s a perfect meatless Monday meal, as well as a gorgeous side dish for summer entertaining.   

Also perfect for meal prepping, the salad will last about 3-4 days in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.   

It’s super easy to make and because we are using canned lentils, you only use a sheet pan and a bowl or platter for the salad – so clean up is a cinch!

I grew up eating lentil stew as a child, known in Greek as fakes, pronounced fah – kes.  My mom would make a huge pot during Lent and we would eat them for days with rustic bread.  The lentils were simmered in a tomato-based sauce with rosemary, carrots and onions.   They really were delicious, but I do recall turning my nose up to them because it resembled brown mush and were not at all appealing to me as a child.   

Shockingly, my kids love the Tasty Bite madras lentils, which have an Indian-inspired flavor, but also resemble brown mush.

This lentil salad is a fresh take on using lentils with roasted veggies and fresh arugula and totally takes the cake as far as meatless or lenten meals go.  

Ingredients in Lentil Salad

  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced or cut into 1/2 inch squares
  • 1 onion, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 eggplant, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 15 oz can of O Organics organic lentils
  • 2 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 cups arugula

Optional – you could also add some roasted sliced zucchini to the salad and it would be incredible!

 

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How to Make Lentil Salad

Preheat the oven to 400° F. 

Slice the vegetables into even 1/2 inch pieces so that they roast evenly. 

Spread the vegetables onto a sheet pan.  Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, and pepper and toss to coat.  Be sure the pan is not overcrowded, otherwise, the vegetables will steam, rather than roast and get caramelized. 

Roast for 20 – 25 minutes, flipping the vegetables once during roasting at the 12-minute mark. 

Meanwhile, rinse and drain the lentils and place them into a large bowl.  Add arugula and feta cheese to the bowl.

Once the veggies are roasted, add to the lentil salad, toss to combine, and drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Add extra salt and pepper to taste. 

 

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Roasted Veggie Lentil Salad

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Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: lentil salad, mediterranean lentil salad, roasted veggie lentil salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories:
Author: Eva Fry

Ingredients

  • 1 red bell pepper sliced or cut into 1/2 inch squares
  • 1 onion cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 eggplant sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 15 oz can of O Organics organic lentils
  • 2 oz feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 cups arugula

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  • Slice the vegetables into even 1/2 inch pieces so that they roast evenly.
  • Spread the vegetables onto a sheet pan.  Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, and pepper and toss to coat.  Be sure the pan is not overcrowded, otherwise, the vegetables will steam, rather than roast and get caramelized.
  • Roast for 20 - 25 minutes, flipping the vegetables once during roasting at the 12-minute mark.
  • Meanwhile, rinse and drain the lentils and place them into a large bowl.  Add arugula and feta cheese to the bowl.
  • Once the veggies are roasted, add to the lentil salad, toss to combine and drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Add extra salt and pepper to taste.

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Take advantage of a sale on O Organics canned lentils, just $.99 each at Safeway with a digital coupon through April 20th.

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