Eat– for Good Health

Kathleen makes her Summer Lentil Salad with a breath of fresh flair.    Mimi's Lentil Medley Recipe

Ingredients serve 8, 225 calories per serving

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium cucumber, cubed
  • 1 medium zucchini, cubed
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh mint
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • 4 turkey bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • In a small saucepan, bring lentils and water to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  • Transfer to a large bowl. Add the mushrooms, cucumber, zucchini, onion and tomatoes. Whisk the vinegar, mint, oil, honey, basil and oregano. Drizzle over lentil mixture; toss to coat. Add the spinach, cheese and bacon; toss to combine. Serve immediately. 

9 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Kathleen Rowland

    Summer is heating up, and the temperature situation calls for hearty salads– not calorie laden but filling, just the same.

  2. Melinda Meyer

    I’m going to make this over the weekend– I need to put a stop to cooking high calorie food. Seems that when I get into the mood to cook, I find fattening recipes.

  3. Kathleen Rowland

    Melinda, I never trust recipes that don’t tell us the calori count! Low cal recipes are just as tasty as fattening ones!

  4. Reba Studebaker

    Melinda, we must be brave when we cook for others. I do that by putting my own needs first. If you invite people over, most of them will bring a little something. . . and it’s always heavy. Let them enjoy it.

  5. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Reba and Melinda, I totally agree. We need to meet our needs. Our needs are to eat healthfully and stay slim.

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