French Lentil Salad - Goji Fitness

French Lentil Salad

French Lentil Salad

French lentils in a bowl

This is a recipe I learned from mom in France when I was a child. In my family and generally in France, this salad is served with lukewarm lentils. So good!! I always add 3 TBSP of sauerkraut on the side. It goes so well with the flavor of the Dijon mustard dressing. Legumes are so good for you and the #1 food to help fight heart disease! So be sure to eat your beans and lentils regularly.

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time30 min
  • Total Time40 min
  • Yield2 servings

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 1 cup French Lentils uncooked
  • 2 cups of red leaf lettuce
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 carrot diced finely
  • 1 shallot chopped

Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 1 tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 1tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste

Method

Preparing the salad

1

Rinse the lentils. Pour into a pot and immerse under 2 cups of cold water. Do not salt the water or the lentils will not soften.

2

Bring the water to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for 20min until tender.

3

Drain the lentils and mix, still warm, with chopped tomato, diced green pepper and carrot, and minced shallot and vinaigrette. Serve on a bed of red leaf lettuce.

Preparing the Vinaigrette

4

To make the vinaigrette, whisk with a fork 1 TBSP of red wine vinegar with salt until the salt is absorbed.

5

Stir in 1 TSP of Dijon Mustard. Then add 2 1/2 TBSP of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and finish with black pepper. Whisk until all ingredients are blended into a creamy dressing.

Cook the lentils on the week-end and enjoy them in this salad or other recipes for 3-4 days.
It is best to use Lentils du Puy (French lentils) but could work with green lentils too.

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