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French Lentil Salad

  • Yield: Makes 2
French Lentil Salad

Source: Whole Living, January/February January/February 2013


  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 1 cup French green lentils, rinsed
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds, roughly chopped (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup torn fresh herbs, such as flat-leaf parsley, tarragon, basil, and/or mint


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 Tbsp oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, and celery, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 6 minutes. Add lentils and cover with 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until lentils are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and season with salt and pepper. Let cool.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining oil, lemon juice, and pepper flakes. Season with salt. Add lentils, almonds (if using), cabbage, and herbs and toss to combine.

Cook's Note

Refrigerate lentil salad in an airtight container up to 3 days.

Reviews (31)

  • snoozn11 15 Jul, 2013

    Is it just me or does this make WAY more than 2 servings of lentils? I think next time I make this I'll cook the onion, carrot & celery as described in a pan, and cook the lentils in the cleanse broth on their own. Combine all ingredients at the end. That way the veggies aren't so over done.

  • LauraMax 7 Apr, 2013

    For the herb I added cilantro. Yum!

  • DishWithDina 24 Mar, 2013

    This looked like a bowlful of jewels and tasted spectacular! I saved the drained liquid to use as a broth base in other recipes.

    I loved one of the other reviewers' suggestions of adding a splash of red wine and will try that one day.

    Also, the recipe claims this yields 2 servings, but it was more like 4 for me: I couldn't eat it all!

  • grammyjojo 24 Mar, 2013 the crunch of the red cabbage with the lentils!

  • grammyjojo 24 Mar, 2013 the crunch of the red cabbage with the lentils!

  • LWhite83 20 Mar, 2013

    This was a great recipe! Started the week of well and leftovers were tasty, too. I added mint an dreally thought it helped add something special.

  • Warren LaFrance 17 Mar, 2013

    Where is the caloric count?

  • badhairdayz 12 Mar, 2013

    This was great! I let the lentils cook and then started on dinner. We ate it the next day for lunch. Filling and tasty. I'll definitely make again.

  • Nadine_F 27 Feb, 2013

    I'm delighted by this recipe. I served it to my husband, who is not doing a detox, and he also loved it. This will be part of our regular rotation, I'm sure!

  • Mocha 19 Feb, 2013

    I absolutely loved this salad...or perhaps I was very hungry. The toasted almonds really give this salad a kick; not to mention the salad dressing. I wouldn't change anything. It's deliciously crunchy!

  • Skina3 18 Feb, 2013

    At first I wasn't sure what to make of this recipe but a few bites in and I was in love! It's bright and festive, filling and delicious, this is a keeper for me :D

  • Klevergirl 18 Feb, 2013

    This was maybe the 3rd time I ate lentils and must say that this was my favorite. I found the olive oil with lemon juice and pepper flakes to be such a delicious dressing that I will like to try with other things. It is time consuming though, about 45 minutes of moving around in the kitchen but definitely worth it!

  • ElleKotzen 17 Feb, 2013

    Really yummy, although it takes quite a long time to prepare. Cheated a little with some homemade mustard-olive oil-garlic vinaigrette. On top of a bed of red cabbage adds a nice crunch and the flavors blend beautifully. Very filling, eat slow and enjoy the flavors.

  • clarebearry 13 Feb, 2013

    Was a great base recipe, but a little bland for my taste so I spruced it up with fresh ground turmeric, ginger, chili powder, cumin, and lemon juice and it turned out great! Lentils always remind me of indian food so I didn't second guess how I was going to enhance the dish.

  • Heather Williams 13 Feb, 2013

    Never had lentils before...they were good! This was a very satisfying meal when I was hungry. I changed a few things. I don't like any fresh herbs, so I substituted a cup of spinach. I added some chopped walnuts. Instead of the dressing suggested, I just mixed EVOO & balsalmic vinegar.

  • Terri Trentham Dorris 6 Feb, 2013

    Loved this salad! Just what I needed. I used my processor to shred onion carrots and celery to cook with lentils....easy. I then added fresh shredded carrots with the cabbage and then used cilantro and a little parsley.
    I will make this again!!!

  • YanaM 4 Feb, 2013

    Very yummy salad. The only thing, if you use dry lentils - cook those ahead. Otherwise, you end up cooking veggies longer than its needed and loosing the nutrition.

  • GatorAsh 3 Feb, 2013

    I added a splash of red wine vinegar to the mix- yum! I also mixed in some chopped kale for an extra bit of greens, along with parsley and cilantro. I topped it with some walnut pieces too (in addition to the almonds). This is tasty and an interesting mix of flavors. I'm surprised by how much heat the red pepper flakes added- quite a kick!

  • ferg4africa 30 Jan, 2013

    I also added the almonds and it really made this dish great I loved how crunchy the cabbage was. It was all just a great flavor combination I thought.

  • Mamma T 28 Jan, 2013

    Great texture with the cabbage. Definitely add the almonds. I added a bit of salt and garlic to the water while cooking the lentils. Makes way more than 2 servings! This will be a long time favorite.

  • Liza_Nelson_45 28 Jan, 2013

    Loved this recipe. Substituted the red cabbage for raw broccoli and added a little more lemon juice. Yum!

  • missdimi 28 Jan, 2013

    Loved the crunch from the almonds and red cabbage. The use of French lentils is great here as they hold their shape very well. I found the salad tasted better after sitting overnight in the fridge - lets those flavors soak in.

  • MountainMontana 25 Jan, 2013

    This was one of my favs from week one. I used a few different herbs (mint, basil, and parsley) and definitely added the almonds. Super tasty and will totally make it again!

  • MissChriddy 24 Jan, 2013

    I did not anticipate this tasting so fantastic from reading the ingredients list and looking at the photograph. Wow! What a surprise. My husband actually asked for seconds. I did add a beloved Mediterranean spice blend and some Hawaiian Sea Salt to the lentils after draining the liquid (having read some reviews about bland flavor), then added fresh oregano and basil to the entire mixture once chilled. I will definitely be making this again! Very filling too.

  • gailsox 23 Jan, 2013

    Very nice for a different salad. I have never cooked Lentils before, but I will like this again, because of the fresh herbs that were added. I used mint, cilantro, and parsley.

  • Moon Beam 23 Jan, 2013

    I hate the texture of Lentils and refuse to eat them.. But I tried this and made it thru. I like that there is such a variety of veggies here. Also having fresh herbs and almonds gave it a nice crunch. My husband and I both agreed it needed a bit more seasoning for flavor but other than that it was good.

  • MuffinBunnyRemy 23 Jan, 2013

    Great recipe! The almonds add a lot of taste and texture, don't skip it. Used only flat leaf parsley, next time will try mint or basil as well.

  • Christine0226 22 Jan, 2013

    This recipe is great, but why is there no nutritional information provided??

  • baristagirl 19 Jan, 2013

    Super good and huge portions. I could only eat half of the one serving. I liked the freshness and crunch from the herbs and cabbage paired with the soft and rich lentil veggie mix.

  • latebloomer 17 Jan, 2013

    I enjoyed this! What I am noticing is the prep time for these recipes. I live alone - and can only imagine the juggling this must take for those who work - and have families to care for.

  • MEx3 16 Jan, 2013

    The first day I made this I had to use what was in my kitchen. It ended up being cooked lentils, shredded raw carrot, chopped celery & walnuts with a coconut oil, lemon, turmeric, ginger, salt/pepper sauce mixture.
    I cannot always get to the grocery with infant twins, BUT most of the ingredients are delicious together in other combinations. So, I am sticking to "Back in Action" plan.

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