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Lemon Lentil Soup

Lemon Lentil Soup
  • Prep Time
    10 mins
  • Cook Time
    40 mins
  • Serving
    4
This Lebanese version of a warm and comforting lentil soup has a distinct lemony taste and is packed with fiber and protein.
Lemon Lentil Soup

Happy New Year my friends! I am starting off the new year with a healthy Lebanese Lentil soup. After an exciting New Years Eve of overeating and staying up way too late, this soup is perfect as it is deliciously warm and comforting but, filling at the same time.

Lentils are wonderful healthy option because of all the healthy benefits they reap, such as, lowering cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar, high in protein, and aiding in heart and digestive health as well as weight loss. Lentils are very popular in Lebanese cuisine. Aside from the very well-known dish of Mujadara, there are also many soups are incorporate lentils. I posted one of my favorites “yellow lentil soup,” last Ramadan. The dish I am sharing with you today, is known as “Adas Bil Hamod” which literally translates to Lentils in lemon.

The lentils used in this soup are the same brown lentils used in my Lentils and rice dish. There is also a leafy vegetable added which differs depending on who you ask. Some people use spinach, I however use Swiss chard as my mother taught me. You can definitely use rainbow chard if you are able to find it or red chard as it gives it a wonderful pop of color. Lastly, the soup is flavored with fresh lemon juice giving it a distinct lemony taste.

STEP 1

Prep your ingredients by finely chopping a medium sized onion and crushing or finely chopping 3 cloves of garlic.
Wash the Swiss chard thoroughly and set aside to dry.

Lemon Lentil Soup

STEP 2

Heat up the olive oil in a deep soup pot.
Add the finely chopped onion and crushed garlic and sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes until translucent. Set aside in a small bowl.

Lemon Lentil Soup

STEP 3

In the large pot, add 1 cup of brown lentil and 6-8 cups of water.
Boil lentils over medium-high heat for 20 minutes until tender.

STEP 4

Cut the stems off the Swiss chard and chop into ½-1 inch in width. Add to the lentils.

STEP 5

Add the sautéed onion mixture along with salt, cumin, and black pepper.

STEP 6

Let simmer for 10 minutes. Add more water if soup gets too thick.

Juice 1 lemon and add to the soup. Taste for seasoning and lemon.

Lemon Lentil Soup

Lemon Lentil Soup

This Lebanese version of a warm and comforting lentil soup has a distinct lemony taste and is packed with fiber and protein.
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Course: Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine: Lebanese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 152kcal
Author: Iman

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Brown Lentils
  • 1 med. Onion
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 tb. Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 bunch Swiss Chard
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • ½ tsp. Black Pepper
  • 8 cups Water

Instructions

  • Prep your ingredients by finely chopping a medium sized onion and crushing or finely chopping 3 cloves of garlic.
    Wash the Swiss chard thoroughly and set aside to dry.
  • Heat up the olive oil in a deep soup pot.
    Add the finely chopped onion and crushed garlic and sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes until translucent.
    Set aside in a small bowl.
  • In the large pot, add 1 cup of brown lentil and 6-8 cups of water. Boil lentils over medium-high heat for 20 minutes until tender.
  • Cut the stems off the Swiss chard and chop into ½-1 inch in width. Add to the lentils.
  • Add the sautéed onion mixture along with salt, cumin, and black pepper.
  • Let simmer for 10 minutes. Add more water if soup gets too thick. 
  • Juice 1 lemon and add to the soup. Taste for seasoning and lemon.Serve warm with toasted bread. 

Nutrition

Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 9.1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 0.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.1g | Sodium: 1828mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 1.8g | Vitamin A: 2205IU | Vitamin C: 23.1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 3.8mg

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    • Judy Malouf Collins

      5 stars
      I made this soup today for the first time. I was a little suspect, because it didn’t seem like the ingredients would render much flavor. Boy was I wrong! It was delicious! I liked it even better than the mujadara I tried to make (from another site’s recipe). Oh, and I used spinach instead of swiss chard, because that was what I had on hand. Thank you!

      • Iman

        Sounds delicious! Glad you enjoyed it

    • Nancy

      5 stars
      Made this for the first time- it’s delicious!!!

      • Iman

        Thank you, so good!

    • Wassim Homsi

      5 stars
      Thank you Iman this dish taste awesome

      • Iman

        Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!!

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