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French Lentil Salad starts with lentils cooked in a flavorful broth, then tossed with vegetables and a lovely vinaigrette.

French Lentil Salad in a white serving bowl with a sprig of parsley

French Lentil Salad

We weren’t enamored with my mom’s lentil soup as children. Lentils were more of a novelty ingredient than one to which we were accustomed. So my sisters and I begrudgingly ate it. This could have been during my dad’s low sodium phase making the dish bland and even less appealing. But since that time, I’ve had well seasoned, lip smackingly tasty lentils, and even a marvelous lentil, lemon and tuna salad, also from Around My French Table.  I anticipated enjoying this French Lentil Salad…and I did. There are loads of other delicious salads in my recipe index.

French Lentil Salad in a white bowl on a red and white checked napkin

A Healthy Salad Featuring Lentilles du Puy

These French green lentils, or lentilles du Puy, were cooked in chicken broth flavored with celery, carrots, onion, cloves and a bay leaf till tender. Then a slosh of cognac was added along with a minced shallot, soaked in ice water and rinsed to mellow its bite.

Lots of terrific seasonings plus the aromatics, herbs and spices made for a tasty salad base. Dorie offered numerous options for add ins. I passed on the bacon, goat cheese and yogurt and went the simple route. I zeroed in on her Bonne Idée and tossed the cooked lentils with a Dijon vinaigrette and vegetables for a splendid, healthy salad. A perfectly filling lunch for a number of days running…I didn’t even offer Bill a bite.

He would have looked at the unidentifiable legumes and labeled them “funny stuff.” So why even offer? Dorie’s recipe for basic French lentils can be found on Serious Eats


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French Lentil Salad

French lentils and vegetables tossed in a mustard vinaigrette.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: French, French-American


  • 1 cup lentils cooked per Dorie’s Basic French Lentils recipe
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Diced bell peppers
  • Diced cooked carrots (removed from cooking broth)
  • Minced parsley


  1. Whisk together Dijon mustard and sherry vinegar. Slowly drizzle in walnut and olive oil while continuing to whisk. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Toss dressing with warm lentils. Mix in peppers, carrots and parsley. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed.

French Fridays with Dorie

Off to Seattle and the IFBC

ifbc2014-seattle-banner (1)Next Friday, I’ll be attending the International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle, organized by and Zephyr Adventures. It was just a year ago when Dorie Greenspan was the keynote speaker at this event, and the other Doristas and I received the royal treatment due to our connection. We had cocktails with Dorie and her charming husband, Michael, then met up with them again for breakfast. We cheered her on as she spoke from her heart about being yourself and saying “yes” to new opportunities. The FFwD participants that had been virtual friends for the past few years were now my companions for 3 fun packed days. We learned about Google, blogging, writing, photography as well as being treated to outstanding food from the region. This year, I will see a few old friends plus meet some new. Check out details of the event here, the attendees here and our marvelous sponsors featured in the side bars on both pages.


Skinny Tip

I’m offering a series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature more tips on some of my upcoming blog posts. Click on the #SkinnyTip tag at the end of this post to see all my previous tips.

Tip #44: Get a good night’s sleep. When you’re tired, your will power can decrease and you may be more tempted to eat snacks you’d usually pass up.

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52 comments on “French Lentil Salad”

  1. I’ll try this lentil dish. I need healthy boost after pigging out these last few weeks. Thanks for sharing, Liz!

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  2. Sounds like a very healthy salad! Have fun at the conference:@)

  3. Love lentils in a salad. Yours is so pretty Liz!

  4. Your salad looks great! I like lentil salads.. they really go well with mustard dressing 🙂

  5. This will be my first year attending and I am super excited! Sounds like a great learning experience with super nibbles too!!!Hopefully we can meet there! Warmest, Nic

  6. What a healthy and delicious salad 😀
    My mum is always telling me to eat more lentils!

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. I’ve been obsessed with lentils lately! Thanks for finding yet another way for me to portage them to my tummy…

  8. Now that I’ve discovered how amazing lentil salads can be, I’m thrilled to find another recipe. I definitely like what you’ve done with your ingredients, Liz. Even though I’d get the same response from Sophie, I’ll make this … just for me.

  9. Liz! You’re going to IFBC again?! I’m so jealous!!! You’re going to have a great time! I will be going to Big Harvest Potluck the week after this. . couldn’t go to both . . and only YOU can make lentils look good!!! Delicious!

  10. Your Mom was a much more ingenous chef than my mother. we never had a lentil when I was growing up in Manchester. And, I never made “one” for my girls when I lived in Ames. In fact, I started this lentil business with Chris at The Café. Your salad looks wonderful but, not one raspberry??? Have a wonderful time in Seattle and I’ll enjoy knowing that you are mixing it up with the blogging community and maybe seeing some fellow Doristas. Remember, pack your black leather jacket. Your Seattle signature piece. Love your Skinny Tips but, the best, the tip on sleep. It’s been the secret to my success the last 15 years – every day looks brighter and less challenging after 8 or 9 hours of sleep.

  11. Delicious and colorful salad. I really need to cook with more lentils as they are packed with protein. Wishing you safe and happy travels to your next blogger conference.

  12. I made a recipe very similar at this one! Love the lentilles is a dish very nice! What a Lucky girl you are to go to the conference! It must be very interesting !

  13. Oooh, I just got some walnut oil and this looks like a delicious experiment to try it on!!

  14. Lizzy, I love your Lentil Salad…it sure isn’t ‘our mother’s’ …I never recall having a lentil salad in my youth, only in soups, and that was just plain brown and boring! You and Dorie look so beautiful on that photo together. What an honor to be photographed with her!
    Have a wonderful weekend, my dear friend! xoxo

  15. Have fun at the conference! I was so jealous that I didn’t get to tag along last year.

  16. This is really awesome! Very healthy as well.

  17. A healthy, delicious and beautiful salad! Thank you for sharing this great recipe, Liz 🙂

  18. Really great salad, I have found a new appreciation for lentils too in the last years. Have a blast at the conference.

  19. Lentil salad looks great! and definitely a good change from the regular soup

  20. Love that you made the salad out of this. I am absolutely going to try that rendition the next time – perfect to packing lunch at work. And too funny (but wise) to not even plan on Bill trying this one. I can’t imagine it would have made the cut. Wow- a year already since the last IFBC. Seems like yesterday. Nana and I are not attending this year but I can not rave enough about the time we have at that conference. The conference was amazing, Dorie and Michael were spectacular and meeting our Doristas was unbelievable. Quite and unforgettable and fabulous trip. We’ll be thinking of you. Say hello to the Space Needle for us !

  21. What a gorgeous dress you are wearing in that photo, Liz. I remember my mother going through various health fads that were forced upon us. One was the wheatgerm phase – tasted like sawdust. Then there was the cucumber and yoghurt salad that looked like a yummy potato salad until you took a bite! Love the look of your lentil salad and I like how the lentils were cooked in stock to give them some extra flavour xx

  22. Wow! I love it! I’m so hungry right now…

  23. I thought lentils were disgusting and ugly when I was growing up. No one ever made them like this though, so pretty and delicious looking. The vibrant veggies add lots of appeal!

  24. Enjoy your IFBC experience, and Seattle too. Last year was so much fun, especially meeting
    with Dorie and Michael. I love the look of your lentil salad, I am definitely going to try that
    when I find the French lentils.

  25. Get a good night’s sleep before your Seattle adventures for sure, dear Liz. Trust you will have lots of fun at the IBFC =) As for your lentils, your choices speak simple elegance…As my husband is in his meat-eating phase, I’m putting your recipe in my pocket for when he goes vegetarian again =)

  26. Oh Lizzy…have a blast in Seattle and at the IFBC! My memories of last year still make me smile! It was so wonderful meeting all of my Dorista friends and very special meeting Dorie and Michael.
    I also made the salad…although I could eat lentils pretty much anyway they’re prepared! The addition of goat cheese was mouthwatering!

  27. Whew! Okay, I’m back! I had to make sure I went and pinned this recipe because it is exactly what I was hoping it would be. I was over at Kathy’s and saw it there and was just about to check out the recipe when I figured I’d pop on over here first.

    This are definitely NOT my mother’s lentils and thank goodness for that! It’s too bad I was turned off to lentils for so long because of those days. But, I’m back and your dish looks awesome, Liz!!! Thank you so much for sharing…Have a ball in Seattle!!!

  28. Your salad looks great. Have fun at IFBC!

  29. LOL – “funny stuff”! We never ate lentils as kids – back in those days, I think lentils were regarded as funny stuff that hippies ate and didn’t taste very nice. However, Dorie has broadened my horizons and changed my mind.

  30. I love lentil salad. Yours looks great. I just ate my lentils as a side. Hope you have a great time at IFBC! We had such fun last year. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  31. Lentils are always good to me and i don’t make them often enough! have a fabulous trip, Liz. I’ll bet you are friends with everyone there!

  32. Glad you didn’t try to serve this salad to Bill, the wonderful flavors would be lost on him! 😉 Love the Cognac and Dijon vinaigrette!

  33. Love lentils! Your salad looks awesome, Liz.

  34. Lentils are often in our menu….your salad would be quite welcomed here, Liz.

  35. Dear Liz, we also had a lot of lentil soup when I was growing up – love these versatile lentils and that´s why I also opted for a salad version using Dorie´s basic lentil recipe. Love your colorful presentation!
    Wishing you an absolutely wonderful time at the Food Bloggers Convention!
    And, of course, a wonderful weekend too!

  36. I love lentils dear Lizzy and I can eat every time and this look delicious!
    Lovely picture of you and Doris!
    Good skinny tip Im agree is like if you are stressed you eat bad.
    But you sre beautiful and skinny alwsys :)))

  37. Comforting lentil salad,
    good luck for the conference, honestly i really wanted to be there,
    lucky you Liz……

  38. I make a version of this, never thought about adding walnut oil.

  39. Hi Liz, love lentil anything, your salad looks amazing, have fun at the convention!

  40. Liz, where to start? Your salad looks wonderful. I’m ashamed to admit I have never tried the alternate recipes… though I have made these so many times – my post this week shows my “typical” way of eating these fabulous lentils. Yours looks wonderful. I agree, this is one of my favorite things to make, then eat throughout the week. I have to try your version.

    I started a new job a few months ago, and since it’s “associated with” retail, this is the busiest time of the year (ok, I’m a construction manager for like the biggest retailer on the planet) – so I am out of step. I’ll actually be in Seattle this week, leaving on Friday. I’m jealous about your adventure (again)! Someday life will slow down a bit. I think. 🙂 At least it’s all good!.

  41. Lentils are a staple of peasant Italian cooking so I was fortunate to grow up loving lentils. My kids think of lentil soup as a comfort food. But I can see how they would be exotic in the Midwest…. low sodium would be horrible too. They have too mild a flavor not to be salted. Great looking salad. Have a terrific time at the conference.

  42. Lentils are very loved in our house… we always eat the red/masoor lentils at home. I think lentil salad will be a big hit too. Enjoy your trip!

  43. My grandmother made a lentil salad that I hated when I was a kid. It was like eating bullets. I’d pick out the salad bits and leave the lentils. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I ate lentils that tasted cooked and delicious. I’d love your salad.

  44. Much fancier than the French lentil salad I know from living in France but it sounds delicious! Lentil salads always remind me of the warm lentil salad my husband was eating when he told me he loved me for the first time 🙂

  45. Liz,
    I wish I could have this for my lunch at school tomorrow!!!!!!!! xx

  46. I haven’t taken the lentil leap yet but you’re making a strong case for it.

  47. Lizzy,
    I never liked lentils as a kid. I love them now. Great for the cooler weather.
    Thanks for your kind words and thoughts regarding my cousin.

  48. Liz, you are right these are not my mom’s lentils. My mom loved beans and cooked several kinds but never gourmet style. I don’t think I have had a lentil salad before, only eat them hot. I really enjoyed your picture with Dorie. Have a great time at the conference.

  49. Have fun at the conference! We have lentils both sweet and savory over here in Asia! I enjoyed this dish the simple way, with a splash of brandy.

  50. Love lentil salad! Yours looks so pretty. I left mine as they were, as Kevin has an aversion to dressings of any kind. I might make a single-serving version for myself, though.

  51. Yes, I guess it is good to know when you are going to win and when you are going to lose and plan accordingly. More for you 🙂

    It looks like you all had a great time in Seattle.

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