Thursday, November 18, 2010

Salade de Lentilles Vertes (Green Lentil Salad)

The most prized French green lentils come from the village of Le Puy, where the soil is particularly suited to growing these earthy green treasures.

Difficulty Level: Facile

What you need:

  • 1 cup French green lentils
  • 1/2 medium onion, cut in half (2 quarters) and stuck with 2 cloves
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

What to do:

  1. Rinse the lentils thoroughly. Place lentils, onion, garlic and bay leaf in a medium-size saucepan and cover with cold water. Add a pinch of sugar and a splash of vinegar to cooking water. Bring to a boil and then let simmer, 25-30 minutes, adding water as needed.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together vinegar, oil and salt in a small bowl. 
  3. Remove lentils from heat and coat lentils with dressing. Season with pepper and serve warm.
Serves: 2-4 Bon Appetit!


  1. Can you be vegan and not like lentils? Somehow I think there must be a law against it. ;-) I love lentils in all their forms.


  2. Maybe we should write it. (The law :-)