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French lentil salad

Recipe Information

Servings 6
Preparation Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 35 Minutes
Total Time 45 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Main Ingredient Lentils
Category Beans & Legumes
Meal Lunch; Dinner
Type Appetizer; Main Dish; Side Dish
Subtype Salad
Cuisine French
Cook Method Boiling; Saut�ing
Diet Low Calorie; Low Fat; Low Cholesterol; Heart Healthy; High Fiber; Vegetarian; Vegan


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 

  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 4-inch piece celery stalk, finely chopped

  • 4-inch piece carrot, peeled and finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed 

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed 

  • 2 cups vegetable stock, chicken stock, or broth 

  • 1/2 cup water 

  • 1 cup French green lentils, picked over, rinsed, and drained

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

  • 1 bay leaf 

  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar 

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 

  • 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, cut into strips

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 



  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saut� the onion, celery, and carrot for 5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic, mustard seed, and fennel seed, and saut� for 1 minute.

  • Bring the stock, water, lentils, thyme, and bay leaf to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat, partially cover the mixture, and simmer for 25-30 minutes until the lentils are tender. Drain, reserving the cooking liquid. Place the drained lentils into a large bowl, and discard the bay leaf.

  • To make the vinaigrette, mix the vinegar, mustard, and 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking liquid in a small bowl. Add the extra-virgin olive oil and whisk well.

  • Add the vinaigrette, parsley, salt, and pepper to the lentils. To coat evenly, gently toss the mixture. Serve warm.


Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories: 167 cal

  • Total fat: 5g

  • Saturated fat: <1g

  • Monounsaturated fat: 4g

  • Cholesterol: 0mg

  • Sodium: 214mg

  • Carbohydrate: 23g

  • Fiber: 6g

  • Protein: 8g