Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Bonjouuuuur mon amiiii, merci pour toi, fermer la porrrrrrte.

Mediterranean Lentil Salad

I’m obviously awesome at French. I took four years in school. I was even the teacher’s aid one year. FERMER LA JEALOUSYYY.

So it’s a big holiday week and guess what!! We’re eating clean. Is this sacrilegious? Je ne sais pas.

I also realize I’m calling this a Mediterranean salad and speaking Francais to you. It’s because the lentils are French! Le Puy, to be accurate. They’re the good kind. The kind that don’t break up during cooking. They’re little dark gray/green pebbles that retain the perfect amount of toothy goodness while you eat. Splurge on these lentils. Vous le valez bien.

Mediterranean Lentil Salad  Mediterranean Lentil Salad

The rest of the salad ingredients are staples, I can almost guarantee it. Thiiiiiinly sliced red onion, parsley and basil, sun-dried tomatoes (are you tired of me using them in e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.l.a.t.e.l.y?), capers, pine nuts, olive oil and lemon. La fin.

What I’m thinking is, you bring this superbe aliments sains to your party this Friday, and watch everyone go, “What’s that? Is that healthy? I dunno, man. I guess I’ll try it. Are those lentils? Oh sh*t that’s good. Give me some more. Just give that whole bowl. DONNEZ-MOI, BIA.”

These things happen.

Mediterranean Lentil Salad


Mediterranean Lentil Salad:

What it took for 4:

* 1 cup French green lentils (Le Puy)
* 1/2 cup very thinly sliced red onion (use a mandolin if you have one)
* 1 cup loose parsley leaves
* 1/2 cup loose torn basil
* 8 – 10 sun-dried tomatoes, halved or sliced
* 2 Tbs. capers
* 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
* 1/3 cup grapeseed (or extra-virgin olive) oil
* 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
* fresh parmesan shavings (optional)
* pinch of salt and pepper

Cook the lentils in a good amount of water at a rolling boil, until tender but still toothy, around 30 minutes. Drain, if needed. Transfer to a large serving bowl.

To the bowl, add the red onion, parsley, basil, tomatoes, capers and toasted pine nuts.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, and the pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle dressing over lentils.

Give everything a good toss. Taste it. Lordy be. Add more salt or lemon juice if needed. Serve with parmesan shavings if desired. I didn’t because I’m a complete idiot.

Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Soyez le bienvenu.

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36 Responses to Mediterranean Lentil Salad

  1. Amanda July 1, 2014 at 9:30 am #
    So jealous of your French, such a beautiful language :) Love the salad, looks delish! :)
  2. Ali | Gimme Some Oven July 1, 2014 at 9:43 am #
    Oooh la la! (That's the extent of my French.) This looks amazing!!
  3. Jacki @ Two Forks One Love July 1, 2014 at 10:01 am #
    Looks delicious -- and I think it is just the thing for my lunch today!
  4. Ashley July 1, 2014 at 10:51 am #
    Yeahh. Give me some more. Lovin it.
  5. Averie @ Averie Cooks July 1, 2014 at 10:57 am #
    Best looking lentils anywhere! Pinned!
  6. Tieghan July 1, 2014 at 11:28 am #
    I love lentils!! This looks awesome!
  7. kelley July 1, 2014 at 11:36 am #
    Looks awesome! I love these kinds of salads that I can snack on all week!
  8. Millie l Add A Little July 1, 2014 at 11:41 am #
    Love this! I'm obsessed with lentil salads in the salad!
  9. Erica July 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm #
    So excited that you are eating clean this week! I also just started an entire week of eating clean(er), and hope I can keep it up for the long term! Quite happy for your inspiring recipe :)
  10. Michelle Lahey July 1, 2014 at 12:37 pm #
    I love a good lentil salad, and this one sounds great! Perfect for summer.
  11. Leslie July 1, 2014 at 12:53 pm #
    Is it appropriate to request more baby posts on here? Please? :(
  12. Megan {Country Cleaver} July 1, 2014 at 1:44 pm #
    It's like you're speaking to my soul!! I've been lentil salading the hell out of everything. Get out of my head BEV!
  13. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm #
    I definitely need this salad in my life. It's perfect for the warm weather!!
  14. Rachel Cooks July 1, 2014 at 2:07 pm #
    I love, love, love lentils! This looks amazing!
  15. Bri July 1, 2014 at 3:26 pm #
    I love lentils but it's pretty difficult to find good lentil recipes. Pinned! PS- your french is amazing and way more advanced than mine :)
  16. Kate July 1, 2014 at 4:23 pm #
    This salad looks epic! Is it dinner time yet?
  17. Anne-Alexandra July 1, 2014 at 5:45 pm #
    Jour french is pretty cool! (But I must warn you that jouir is more used for "physical pleasure" than for anything else if you see what I mean). By the way, this salad looks delicious, and I totally want to make it un the next days. :) Bonne dégustation et bonne fête nationale !
  18. Nathalie C July 1, 2014 at 7:05 pm #
  19. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg July 1, 2014 at 8:07 pm #
    So delicious, healthy and clean. Love it.
  20. kelly @ livelovepasta July 2, 2014 at 10:09 am #
    i would eat the crap out of this. <3 lentils
  21. Sarah July 2, 2014 at 10:43 am #
  22. Anik January 6, 2015 at 8:43 am #
    Bev, the salad is amazing! Unfortunately, your French isn't (sorry!)...for example, when you used the word "jouir", you probably meant "joie", since "jouir" means you're having an orgasm!! Nice effort though :-)
    • Bev Weidner January 6, 2015 at 8:51 am #
      Hahaha! I remember it also meaning "enjoy!" Either way though. ;)
  23. Stacy April 11, 2015 at 12:57 pm #
    This salad is incredible! My six-year-old son is forever requesting this salad paired with beef souvlaki (made into gyros). In fact that was his special request for his birthday dinner back in January (when we could barely see the grill through all the snow) and for this week. We are making it for dinner tonight. The only unfortunate thing is that this salad is so fantastic that Jonathan lays claim on the leftovers before we've even finished our meal. :)
  24. Sara May 6, 2015 at 2:21 pm #
    This is a wonderful looking salad that I will certainly be trying, hopefully in the near future! I will be sure to reference back in my blog if posted! With Summer approaching I'm definitely looking for more salads and opportunities to use fresh, in season ingredients! One of my favorites right now is: Thanks for sharing!!
  25. Lee July 4, 2015 at 11:50 am #
    This looks delicious. Will be making this, as we often eat meatless and also need some dishes for the vegetarians in our lives.
  26. Sarah Stone January 9, 2016 at 11:49 am #
    "Merci pour toi" - I'm guessing you meant "thank you"? And what is "fermer la jealousy"?
  27. Spark April 26, 2016 at 11:50 pm #
    Made this today. Very good! I added a clove of chopped garlic to the dressing. And definitely do not forget the shaved Parmesan, it added a lovely flavor. I served this with chicken herb sausages baked in the oven. Served them on the side but next time may chop them and add them to the salad. Thank you for sharing this great recipe!


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