French Green Lentil Salad with Cherry Tomatoes (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Sharon Palmer

Beans aren’t the only member of the legume family worth celebrating. Lentils, packed with fiber and protein, are just as nutritious. Plus they cook up—no soaking required—in only 15 to 20 minutes. A French ami shared her mother’s traditional recipe for lentil salad with me years ago. This simple salad, seasoned with a French vinaigrette, is a classic dish in France. It makes a wonderful, protein-rich highlight of any meal. Because the flavors continue to meld, it’s also great the next day.

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French Green Lentil Salad with Cherry Tomatoes (Vegan, Gluten-Free)


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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups (454 g) French green lentils
  • 4 cups (948 ml) water
  • 2 teaspoons reduced sodium vegetable broth base
  • 4 celery stalks, diced (160 g or about 1½ cups)
  • 1½ cups (224 g) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 medium shallots, finely diced
  • ¼ cup (15 g) packed chopped fresh parsley
  • 1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence 
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • Pinch of sea salt, optional

Instructions

  1. Place the lentils, water, and broth base in a pot. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until the lentils are tender but firm.
  2. Remove from the heat, drain any remaining liquid, and transfer the lentils to a large bowl. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in the celery, tomatoes, shallots, and parsley.
  4. In a small dish, make the dressing by whisking together the olive oil, mustard, vinegar, herbes de Provence, black pepper, and garlic.
  5. Add the dressing to the lentil mixture and toss. Taste and season with sea salt, if desired. Chill until serving time.

Notes

*Nutrition Information Per Serving: 136 calories, 8 g protein, 19 g carbohydrate, 4 g fat, .5 g saturated fat, 4 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 55 mg sodium

*Star Nutrients: vitamin A (13% DV), thiamine (10% DV), vitamin B6 (11% DV), folate: (40% DV), vitamin C (19% DV), vitamin K (67% DV), copper (13% DV), iron (16% DV) magnesium (10% DV), manganese (24% DV), phosphorus (16% DV), potassium (14% DV)

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  • Serving Size: 1 cup

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