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Citrus Green Lentils - Chef Whitney Aronoff | Starseed Kitchen

Citrus Green Lentils

  • Author: Chef Whitney Aronoff
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Healthy


A light, vibrant salad, side dish or plant based protein that satisfies even the pickiest healthy eaters.


  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 56 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 smashed garlic clove
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 mandarin orange, zest and juice
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp flat leaf parsley, rough chopped


  • Wash lentils in a fine mesh strainer. In a medium pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add rinsed lentils, bay leaf, thyme and garlic. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes.
  • While lentils are cooking, add the lemon juice and zest, mandarin juice and zest, olive oil and sea salt to a medium bowl. Drain lentils and add to bowl, stirring till all the lentils are well covered in the marinade. Set aside to cool. The lentils will absorb the liquid.
  • Toss with fresh parsley. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


In place of a mandarin orange, you can use a satsuma, a cutie, tangerine or half a naval or Valencia orange.