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Spicy Pickled Cucumbers & Lentils

  By lentilsorg    

April 28, 2017

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Pickles are a must at any picnic or BBQ. Try these sweet and zesty pickled lentils, cucumbers and peppers - a great partner to grilled meats and veggies or simply enjoyed on their own.

  • Prep: 10 Minutes
  • Cook: 50 Minutes
  • 10 Minutes

    50 Minutes

    1 Hour

  • Yields: 10


  1. For the brine: Combine all ingredients in a pot, bring to a boil and remove from the stove top.
  2. For the vegetables: Place in a bowl and pour the prepared hot brine over top. Allow vegetables to cool in the brine.
  3. Once cooled, drain, and garnish with sesame seeds and fresh cilantro. Serve as a side, as a garnish on sandwiches or hot dogs, and with BBQ meats.

Quick tip: This is a great make-ahead recipe. Simply keep the vegetables and lentils in the brine until ready to serve.
Try adding cauliflower and thinly sliced carrots to the pickling mixture.



1 cup (250 mL) cider vinegar or red wine vinegar

1 cup (250 mL) water

2 Tbsp (30 mL) soy sauce

2 Tbsp (30 mL) honey

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1/2 -1 tsp (2-5 mL) chili flakes


3 mini cucumbers, thinly sliced

1 red or yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 cup (250 mL) cooked green lentils

1 tsp (5 mL) sesame oil


2 tsp (10 mL) toasted sesame seeds

3 Tbsp (45 mL) fresh cilantro leaves


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1/2 cup (125 mL)
Sodium240 mg
Potassium195 mg
Protein3 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sugar5 g
Total Fat1 g
Saturated Fat0 g
Total Carbohydrates10 g
Dietary Fiber2 g