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French lentil salad

Easy French Lentil Salad

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 as a side 1x


It’s easy to make this unique variety of lentils taste incredible! This French lentil salad features a Dijon dressing, shallots, goat cheese and fresh mint.


  • 1 recipe Easy French Lentils
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large or 2 small shallots
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped mint leaves, loosely packed
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 to 3 ounces soft goat cheese (or feta cheese crumbles*; omit for vegan)


  1. Make the Easy French Lentils.
  2. Meanwhile, make the dressing: In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, Dijon mustard, and honey or maple syrup. Whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until it’s creamy and emulsified.
  3. Thinly slice the shallot, then separate them into rings with your fingers. Roughly chop the mint.
  4. Place the lentils in the large bowl with the dressing (if you’d like to cool them quickly, drain them until cool water). Add the shallot, mint, walnuts, and crumbles of the soft goat cheese. Add the kosher salt and fresh ground pepper and mix to combine. Taste and add more salt to taste. Serve immediately. Refrigerate any leftovers for up to 4 days (if you’re planning to make for lunches, omit the nuts and add when serving).


*If using feta instead of goat cheese, decrease the kosher salt to 1/2 teaspoon, then add additional salt to taste (feta is saltier than goat cheese)

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Lentils

Keywords: French Lentil Salad