French Picnic Lentil Salad

This healthy, hearty salad is exactly what your summer picnic is missing
French Picnic Lentil Salad

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This French lentil salad is delicious whether served hot, cold, or at room temperature, and the leftovers will last for a few days in the fridge.

This recipe is courtesy of Eat Your Greens.

4
Servings
318
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 5 Cups water
  • 2 Cups French green (puy) lentils, rinsed and picked over
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 small celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 small carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 1/4 Cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard

Directions

Place the water, lentils, and bay leaf in a saucepan set over high heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon salt, and continue simmering for 10 more minutes, until the lentils are tender.

While the lentils are cooking, warm 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauté pan, set over medium-low heat. Add the celery, carrots, garlic, onion, thyme, and ½ teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt. Add the remaining ¼ cup of olive oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly until the vinaigrette is well blended.

When the lentils are cooked, drain them, and discard the bay leaf. Add the lentils and vinaigrette to the pan of cooked vegetables and stir to mix.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
16g
23%
Sugar
9g
10%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Carbohydrate, by difference
38g
29%
Protein
7g
15%
Vitamin A, RAE
348µg
50%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
6mg
8%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
9µg
10%
Calcium, Ca
221mg
22%
Choline, total
16mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Folate, total
118µg
30%
Iron, Fe
16mg
89%
Magnesium, Mg
77mg
24%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
8mg
57%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
209mg
30%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
13µg
24%
Sodium, Na
161mg
11%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
318g
12%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

French Shopping Tip

Ingredients like olive oil, shallots, mustard, cream, stock, and butter will help bring French flavors to your cooking.

French Cooking Tip

French cuisine is renowned for slow-cooked sauces, however a quick pan sauce will do just as well; after sautéing a piece of meat or fish, remove it from the pan, deglaze with brandy or wine, finish with a touch of butter or cream and voilà!