This is one of my all time favourite salads. It has a really moreish taste with a lovely texture. This is one of my 'substantial salad' recipes: salads made with resilient ingredients that are filling, transport well and stay fresh. Lentils are economical, highly nutritious and easy to cook. This salad makes a great packed lunch, and will stay fresh in the fridge for three days. Delicious hot or cold, served with grilled fish or on its own.


  • 250 g puy lentils
  • 500 ml low saltstock
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 150 g sunblush tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 100 g low fat feta cheese, crumbled (Tesco own brand)
  • 6 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 red or yellow pepper, finely diced
  • 3 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 tblsp chopped fresh parsley
  • dressing:
  • 2 tblsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tblsp olive oil
  • 1 tblsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place the lentils, stock and bay leaf in a pot. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer until the lentils are cooked through but still al denté. Remove the bay leaf.
  • Mix up the dressing, taste and adjust the flavours. Pour over the still warm salad.
  • Add all the vegetables, parsley, stir well and season to taste. Crumble over feta cheese and serve hot or cold.
  • Will keep for 3 days in the fridge


One portion (350g) contains 378 calories, 20.4g protein, 40.3g carbohydrates, 14.9g of fat and 9.1g of fibre