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Mediterranean French Lentil Salad

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This Mediterranean French Lentil Salad is perfect for a meatless lunch, plus it’s full of healthy, delicious ingredients, fiber, and a marvelous array of flavors and textures!

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Mediterranean French Lentil Salad

This French Lentil Salad is typical of the healthy lunches I  love to eat.  For a number of years, I cooked along with a group of terrific bloggers using recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s marvelous tome, Around My French Table. Through her cookbook, I discovered the deliciousness of French green lentils or lentils du puy. I fell hard for her Lentil Lemon and Tuna Salad with preserved lemons!

Mediterranean French Lentil Salad in white bowl and Asian soup spoon

The Benefits of Lentils

From the looks of my blog, you might think I’m stuffing my face with cupcakes, cookies and pie on a daily basis. I admit to having a pretty wicked sweet tooth, but generally I eat healthy, low-carbish type fare, especially for lunch.

Lentils offer numerous health benefits including lowering cholesterol, helping digestion and stabilizing blood sugar because of the high levels of soluble fiber. Lentils are also a good vegetarian source of protein.

With an extremely picky spouse who isn’t willing to try quinoa, lentils, farro, etc., I make big batches of these favorites for myself. These French lentils paired beautifully with diced artichoke hearts, cucumbers, red bell pepper, feta cheese and sliced kalamata olives. Dressed in a simple dressing of lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and olive oil, it was a breeze to toss together. And, lucky for me, I didn’t have to share this lovely Mediterranean French Lentil Salad!

Mediterranean French Lentil Salad in a white bowl with red handled spoon

 

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Mediterranean French Lentil Salad in a white bowl with red handled spoon

Mediterranean French Lentil Salad

This Mediterranean French Lentil Salad is perfect for a meatless lunch, plus it’s full of healthy, delicious ingredients, fiber, and a marvelous array of flavors and textures!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish, Salad
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 3 cups chicken broth or salted water
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, small diced
  • 1/2 English cucumber, peeled, small diced
  • 1/2 cup artichoke hearts, diced
  • 1/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1/3 cup feta (packed in water), diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil, optional

Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Rinse lentils and pick out any foreign debris. Add to sauce pan with broth or water. Cook until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain.

Add warm lentils to a mixing bowl.

Make dressing by whisking together lemon juice and balsamic vinegar. Slowly whisk in olive oil and season to taste.

Toss the lentils with the vinaigrette. Let cool to room temperature and add the rest of the ingredients. Toss to combine. Refrigerate if not eating immediately, but bring to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 398kcal
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 788mg
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 20g
  • Cholesterol: 17mg
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15 comments on “Mediterranean French Lentil Salad”

  1. Wonderful flavours, Liz. I always love mediterranean dishes.

  2. Sounds like a very healthy salad Liz! I almost fell off my chair when ~both~ boys told me they’ve been cooking with lentils!!! Needless to say I have them in my cabinet now and am slowly adding handfuls to different recipes:@)

  3. these look fabulous like hitting the jackpot for me love lentils!

  4. I love lentils Lizzy. Look delicious!

  5. Sounds great, Liz! I love lentils and your version is delicious!

  6. Such a delicious and flavorful salad, Liz! I’d love this for lunch! 🙂

  7. Lentils are a regular dish in Indian homes! But we tend to make them as a gravy everytime..This salad is a fresh way to enjoy them.. I am trying this soon 🙂

  8. This is definetly my kind of lunch, I love all pulses and find they keep me full till the evening. Love all the add ins.

  9. For years I didn’t eat lentils either. I hated the way they looked. Then one year at the IACP convention a lentil organization was one of their sponsors and they were served often. I fell in love with them and all the ways they prepared them. Most of all I loved how they made me feel especially after a busy day of meetings.

    Your salad sounds wonderful and like you I’m sure I wouldn’t want to share it with anyone.

  10. I love this kind of salad! And lentils du puy are the best!

  11. I just don’t make lentils often enough! This is going on our table asap – it looks and sounds delicious Liz 🙂

  12. Lentils are a staple in this house, so easy to make them taste like anything. This version LOOKS AWESOME!

  13. Can you use red lentils with this recipe? I have made it with green in the past and loved it. I just couldn”t find green lentils this time!

  14. This looks delicious and very filling. With all the sweet treats that come out of my kitchen this is a bandwagon I need to be on.

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