Greek Lentils with Olives and Herbs

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Greek Lentils with Olives and Herbs

GLUTEN-FREE Serves 4 to 6

Prep time: 12 minutes  Cook time: 25 minutes

FOR THE LENTILS

1 cup dried green lentils

2 cloves garlic, slightly crushed

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 bay leaf

FOR THE DRESSING

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus zest of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon brown rice syrup

2 teaspoons fresh oregano, stemmed and finely chopped

½ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

FOR THE ADD-INS

½ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered

⅓ cup Kalamata olives, sliced

2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped

1 Persian (or ½ English) cucumber, diced

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts

TO PREPARE THE LENTILS

Fill a 6-quart pot halfway with salted water and bring to a boil. Add lentils, garlic, thyme, and bay leaf and return to boil, then lower to a simmer. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Drain lentils and discard bay leaf.

TO PREPARE THE DRESSING

Whisk together lemon juice and zest, oil, brown rice syrup, oregano, sea salt, and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.

Place cooked lentils in a large serving bowl. Coat with dressing and add tomatoes, olives, chives, and cucumbers. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature, topped with pine nuts.

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Ingredients for Greek Lentils with Olives and Herbs