Warm lentils flavored with fresh lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, and salty kalamata olives make a nice addition to a mezzes buffet. Though they're served warm here, they're also good cold or at room temperature.
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups water
1 cup dried lentils
1/2 cup chopped carrot
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 thyme sprig
1 rosemary sprig
1/2 cup chopped seeded plum tomato
1/3 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped green onions
How to Make It
To prepare dressing, combine first 7 ingredients, stirring with a whisk.
To prepare lentils, combine water and next 5 ingredients (water through rosemary) in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 18 minutes or until lentils are tender. Drain; discard thyme and rosemary. Place lentil mixture in a large bowl; stir in tomato, olives, parsley, and onions. Pour dressing over lentil mixture; toss to coat.