Azifa (Ethiopian Lentil Salad)

  • 2 cups French green lentils
  • 1 tomato, minced
  • 2 scallions or green onions, minced
  • 1 hot green pepper, seeded & minced


  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. fresh parsley
  • ½ tsp. fresh basil
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Rinse the lentils in cold water; cover the lentils with six cups water.
  2. Cook for 20 minutes or until soft; drain the water and let cool.
  3. Combine the dressing ingredients; whisk well.
  4. Add tomato, scallion, and hot green pepper to the dressing. 
  5. Using spoon or fork, mash the lentil; pour dressing mixture over lentils.
  6. Refrigerate; serve when chilled. 
  7. Makes 5 servings. 


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