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Lentils with Brown Rice and Feta is a delicious and healthy idea for a Meatless Monday meal.

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We originally posted this Lentils with Brown Rice and Feta recipe back in February 2013.  After making this delicious dish again this past week, I thought we were long overdue to update the photos in this post!

This hearty salad is made with brown lentils and brown rice (short or long grain is fine), plus diced zucchini, sweet red peppers, and scallions. Crumbled feta cheese is stirred in while the rice and lentils are still warm, adding a touch of creaminess plus a burst of briny flavor that wonderfully complements the earthiness of the lentils and rice. Finally, the dish is finished with a simple dressing of extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar which also helps brighten the flavors.

Lentils with Brown Rice and Feta - Healthy, delicious and super flavorful! Perfect for a meatless meal or served as a side dish.

Our Lentils with Brown Rice and Feta can be served immediately while still warm, or at room temperature. It’s also delicious served chilled, and I love the flavor of the feta so much – I like to serve this with an extra crumble of feta on top.

This recipe for Lentils with Brown Rice and Feta makes a generous amount, so you can also pack it up for lunch the next day.

Salad with Lentils Brown Rice and Feta


This recipe was originally clipped from the pages of The Boston Globe newspaper. It was developed by Jean Kressy, who was the food editor for the Boston Globe, and also a contributing editor for Cooking Light magazine.

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Lentils with Brown Rice and Feta - A Family Feast

Lentils with Brown Rice and Feta

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 1 cup brown rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water (for cooking rice)
  • 1 cup brown lentils, rinsed and picked over
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 scallions, both white and green parts
  • 1 medium-sized sweet red pepper
  • 1 medium-sized zucchini
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese, plus more for crumbling on top
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme (or ¾ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large saucepan, combine brown rice and either stock or water. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. While rice is cooking, prepare lentils as follows: In a medium saucepan, combine the lentils, bay leaf and 4 cups of water. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and gently boil uncovered for 15 minutes or until the lentils are tender but still have a bite.
  3. While rice and lentils are cooking, thinly slice the scallions, and cut the red peppers and zucchini into small ½ inch dice (remove any large seeds from the zucchini if necessary).
  4. Drain the lentils and discard the bay leaf. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the cooked rice, scallions, red pepper, zucchini, feta, oil, vinegar, thyme, salt and pepper and combine with a large spoon.
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature with additional feta cheese crumbled over the top.

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Lentils with Brown Rice and Feta - Healthy, delicious and super flavorful! Perfect for a meatless meal or served as a side dish.

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  • TR wrote:


    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you!

  • Tina wrote:

    Very healthy and tasty recipe! I had leftover white rice and was looking for something to make with it. This recipe was perfect and delicious. I had leftover rice and lentils still so I decided to combine to the leftover salad. I then added cherry tomatoes and cucumber instead of more peppers and zucchini. Added all the other remaining ingredients listed (except pepper and zucchini of course). This was also a great combo for the salad. Will definitely make this recipe again!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Tina!

  • Ursula wrote:

    This was so delicious! Great stand alone meal, very filling. Adding to our menu. Thank you!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Ursula! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Ushmana Rai wrote:

    Hi Martha,

    It looks so delicious! I might try to make it this weekend. Thank you very much for the recipe and instructions. 🙂 The way you took these pictures is awesome. It makes my mouth watery. 😀

    By the way, being a foodie, I though of creating my own food blog and started writing stuff about home, kitchen and food. I’m fairly new to blogging. I would be very happy and it would encourage me to write more if you could visit one of my blog post and drop a small comment. 🙂

    Thank you very much, and I’ve also subscribed to your RSS.


    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you!

  • Jen U wrote:

    Yum! This looks like a fabulous meal (I always feel at quite a loss for good, meatless meals). One thing (that perhaps would answer itself after I made this?), but I’m wondering how one would do leftovers of this? Is it a cold salad? Fresh, the rice and lentils would be warm from cooking, but veggies are raw/uncooked, right? So leftovers would be eaten straight out of fridge?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Jen! The salad is mixed when the lentils and rice are warm — the dressing is absorbed into the rice while it’s still warm. But it’s eaten at room temperature or cold. Leftovers out of the fridge are fabulous! Hope you enjoy the recipe! Martha

  • Lisa @ Wine & Glue wrote:

    Martha, your pictures are so amazing, they make me want to cry. And eat. Well, mainly eat. 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Oh thank you Lisa! You are so sweet…but don’t cry! 🙂 Take a look at our older photos from just a few months ago…not so good…those make me cry! (LOL)

  • melissa {persnickety plates} wrote:

    Brown rice, lentils & feta!? I’m so excited to try this.

  • Gina wrote:

    Gonna make this during the week. Looks very scrummy

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Gina!!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious wrote:

    Amazing! I’m not even much of a lentil person but I would gladly devour this any day of the week! Love that it’s vegetarian-friendly too.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for stopping by! I hope you try (and enjoy) the recipe!

      • Kaitlin wrote:

        Does anyone have an idea what the calorie/nutritional facts on this meal would be?

        • Martha wrote:

          Hi Kaitlin – I haven’t calculated the calorie or nutritional info myself, but perhaps you can find an online tool to do the calculations? Sorry I don’t have more info to share.

  • Lauren @ A Nerd Cooks wrote:

    Looks and sounds like it would be delicious! Perfect for make ahead lunches.

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