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French Lentil Salad

French lentil salad is served chilled. It's a flavorful, protein-packed, side dish, or it can serve as a vegetarian main course with one minor adjustment.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Additional Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Servings: 6 cups
Calories: 94kcal


  • 2 cups dried lentils any color
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth or vegetable stock for vegetarian version
  • teaspoons salt
  • cups peeled and diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • ½ cup chopped shallots
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil plus extra for drizzling before serving
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar or your favorite vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped celery leaves for garnish


  • In a medium saucepan, simmer the lentils in the chicken broth, water, and salt (or 5 cups of the liquid of your choice, if making the vegetarian version) over medium heat for 20-25 minutes. Drain and cool slightly.
  • While the lentils are cooking, prepare the chopped carrots, celery, and shallots and place them in a large bowl.
  • Add the cooled lentils to the bowl with the vegetables. Stir to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the ¼ cup olive oil, vinegar, black pepper, and Dijon mustard.
  • Pour the vinaigrette over the lentils and stir well to combine.
  • Refrigerate the salad for 4 hours (overnight is best).
  • Before serving drizzle the salad with additional extra virgin olive oil and the chopped celery leaves.
  • Serve chilled.


Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 476mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g