To a medium/large sized pot, add water, salt, lentils and 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Put heat on high and bring to a boil.
Once the pot comes to a boil, lower heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.
After the lentil pot has cooked for 15 minutes add rice and cover. Cook for another 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan pan, on medium heat, heat 3 tbsp of olive oil. Add 2 medium chopped onions, and cook until golden in color (slightly caramelized).
Mix cooked onion and pepper (if using into rice and cook on low for another 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in the saucepan, on medium-high heat, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil and cook onion strips until slightly browned and a little crisped. Garnish on top of rice and enjoy!