lentil salad

salade de lentilles
easy, healthy and tasty

A really healthy lentil salad recipe that everyone will love! Green lentils are used often in France and this is one option that is sure to please everyone. Also called Puy lentils as they come from Le Puy in France.

You can use whatever salad greens you prefer to make this tasty and colourful salad and the little green lentils are so beautiful and full of flavour.

You can use the dried lentils as I have here or for a very quick version you can buy the canned or tinned green lentils and use those instead - just as good and half the time but you won't get the flavour of the cooking stock!

The ingredients for the salad leaves are just for a guide – you can choose your own favourites or whatever you have seasonally and locally – or left in your refrigerator!

Ingredients

·         1 lb (450g) dried green lentils (or ready cooked in a can/tin)

·         1 small onion

·         1 small carrot

·         2 cloves

·         Bouquet garni

·         1 stalk celery

·         Vinaigrette dressing to which you add 1 tablespoon freshly chopped herbs such as parsley and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

·         Black pepper

·         1 finely chopped shallot



 Method

·         If using dried lentils, rinse them in cold water, then cover with fresh water, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.

·         Drain them and put them back in the pan together with the onion (now stuck with the clove – just stick it into the onion!), the carrot cut in small chunks, the celery, garlic, black pepper and bouquet garni.

·         Cover with boiling water and simmer for half an hour or until they are tender.

·         Drain immediately and discard the bouquet garni, celery and carrot pieces.

·         Mix your vinaigrette dressing, mixed with Dijon mustard into the warm lentils and add the chopped herbs and finely chopped shallot.


The lentils can now be added to the salad of your choice and will be a very healthy, tasty and colourful display.

The best green salad recipe will be enriched with the freshest herbs you can get - if you have some at home in your garden then that is wonderful. The most popular for this recipe are parsley, tarragon, chives with the chopped shallots.