Lemony Lentil & Chard Soup


This satisfying lemony bowlful was inspired by the lentil soup served at the now-closed Lebanese restaurant La Shish in West Bloomfield, Michigan. It keeps well but will thicken, so you may want to thin it with a bit of water or broth when reheating. Serve with warm whole-wheat pita.

Lemony Lentil & Chard Soup
Photo: Photography / Nico Schinco, Food Styling / Frances Boswell, Prop Stylist / Paige Hicks
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 1 bunch chard

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon Aleppo pepper, plus more for serving

  • 8 cups water

  • 1 pound red lentils, picked over and rinsed

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • ½ cup lemon juice (from 3-4 lemons)

  • Ground pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 8 to 12 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, separate chard greens from stems. Thinly slice the stems; chop the greens.

  3. Add garlic, cumin and Aleppo to the pot; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add water, lentils and the chard stems; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are falling apart, about 20 minutes. Stir in the chard leaves and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in salt, lemon juice and pepper before serving. Garnish with more oil and Aleppo, if desired.

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

365 Calories
9g Fat
51g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 365
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 13g 46%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 22g 44%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 2334IU 47%
Vitamin C 22mg 24%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 14mcg 4%
Vitamin K 314mcg 262%
Sodium 683mg 30%
Iron 5mg 28%
Magnesium 38mg 9%
Potassium 905mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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