French Lentil Salad with Mint

Fresh flavors are key

Fresh flavors are key

This is a great side or main course. It can be served over a bed of greens, rice or pasta. Or serve it by itself with bread to dip in or in a group of dips for a tapas night. It is good hot or cold as well. French lentils are smaller and firmer than normal lentils and retain their shape really well for this, but normal lentils can be used it will just be a little more creamy.

Lentil Salad

  • 1 cup french lentils
  • 1 cup minced red onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 1 rib celery chopped fine
  • 1 anaheim pepper chopped fine
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme chopped
  • 3-4 roma tomatoes chopped small
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 4 tbsp feta
  • Salt/pepper

Heat 2 tbsp butter in a 3 quart sauce pan and add onion. Saute over low until golden brown then add lentils and stir to coat. Turn heat to medium high and add wine. Cook until absorbed then add stock and thyme and bring to a boil. Turn heat to a simmer and cook until liquid is absorbed and lentils are cooked but still firm to the bite, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat, add the remaining ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Serve hot or cold.

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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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13 Responses to French Lentil Salad with Mint

  1. Kristy says:

    Great minds think alike. 🙂

  2. Very good indeed. I’d forgotten about lentils during the summer months. Our green lentilles de Puy, which I think are amongst the best, do need a good wash before you start.

  3. Good start for planning dinner tonight. Just happen to have all these ingredients now…thank you for the inspiration.

  4. sallybr says:

    Never had lentil salad, this version sounds great with the mint… not sure hubby will fall in love with it, though… 🙂

  5. I have never had this salad but am always reading about using lentils in salads so this intrigues me. I have lentils and lots of mint…Sounds very summery and refreshing.

  6. Awesome recipe – it has my taste buds jumping about.
    🙂 Mandy

  7. ChgoJohn says:

    A great dish, Greg, and a reminder for me to pick up the search for lentilles de Puy. I can’t believe there are none here and that it’s taking me so long to find them.

  8. Cecile says:

    I don’t think most Americans realize how good lentils really are! Thanks for another great post.

  9. laurasmess says:

    Oh yum. Lentils are such a powerhouse of flavour and nutrition. Love the fact that these are combined with such beautiful, fresh-but-classic ingredients.. Great for any time of year.

  10. Oh how I LOVE lentils! Sounds great to me 😀

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