Lentil Bell Pepper Salad

Lentil Bell Pepper SaladFor me, the Lentil Bell Pepper Salad was certainly the star of the Mediterranean meal this past month. It was not only flavorful but also incredibly nutrient rich!

I truly enjoy lentils, specifically “Baby Lentils” since the larger ones somewhat fall apart and I just don’t enjoy them. I brought French Lentils back from the states with me years ago and treasured the way they didn’t disintegrate into a lentil paste and never thought I would have found anything quite like them here. I stumbled upon Lentejas Bebe one day and have never gone back since. They are the perfect base for this delicious salad!

Lentil Bell Pepper Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Source: Adapted from Flatbreads & Flavors


  • 1 cup baby lentils, washed & soaked for 30 minutes
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed key lime juice
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves


  1. Place the soaked lentils in a medium saucepan with water, lentils and bouillon cube. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer. Simmer for 30-40 minutes or until lentils are softened but not mushy.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine olive oil, cumin, salt, pepper and key lime juice.
  3. Add cooked lentils, bell pepper and cilantro to the dressing. Stir to combine.


Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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3 Responses

  1. This looks fabulous. I’m always looking for good things to do with lentils!

  2. Amazing how many different lentils there are out there. It would seem each one is perfect for somebody and some recipe 😉

  1. April 30, 2012

    […] the star of this meal, for me, was the delicious lentil salad. I have already made another version of it since! It was a wonderful salad but equally delicious […]

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