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French Lentil Salad
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French Lentil Salad

French lentil salad is a cold or hot salad dressed in a tangy dressing with an array of vegetables served on a bed of arugula and topped with vegan tofu feta cheese. This quick and easy lentil salad is perfect for a hot summer night.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: French
Diet: Vegan
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 196kcal


Lentil Salad

  • 2 ½ cups cooked brown or green lentils 1 cup dry yields 2 ½ cups cooked
  • 1 large carrot finely chopped
  • 2 ribs celery finely chopped
  • ½ small red onion diced (½ cup)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 3 Tablespoon fresh thyme

Other ingredients (Optional)


  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup or date syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice


Lentil salad

  • Rinse the lentils in a mesh sieve or colander under the cool water, removing any debris or stones; While rinsing, make sure to pick out any sour lentils, debris, or small rocks often found in a bag of lentils. 
  • Add four cups of water per cup of lentils to a pot. 
  • Bring the pot to a boil. Then reduce the heat to simmer, cover, and cook the lentils on simmer for the designated time (based on the type of lentils chosen). 
  • Drain the water from the lentils.  
  • Serve warm or cold depending on the recipe (for this recipe, serve warm or cold; I served it cold).
  • The cooking time is determined by the types of lentils chosen (see blog post).
  • Place lentils in a bowl and add the chopped vegetables and herbs.
  • Stir to combine.


  • Combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk together.
  • Pour over the lentil salad and stir.
  • If serving cold, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • If serving warm, serve immediately.

Entree Salad

  • Place arugula on the base of the plate or in the bowl and form a well in the middle.
  • Then, add a generous portion of French lentil salad.
  • Sprinkle with vegan tofu feta cheese.
  • Arrange cucumbers and tomatoes for garnish.
  • Salt and pepper as desired.


  • Brown, green or black lentils are best. Do not use red lentils for this salad. 
  • For an easy shortcut, buy lentils already prepared. For example, I use Trader Joe's steamed vacuum-sealed lentils. 
  • If making an entree salad, add green to the base of the bowl and top with the french lentil salad. 
  • I suggest adding cucumbers and tomatoes. 
  • I also enjoy tofu feta cheese on top.
  • Although the dressing is not a lot in terms of amount, it goes a long way. You want the salad lightly dressed because the ingredients stand alone in flavor.  
  • Dress the lentil salad in advance, but do not add the greens when dressing. 


Serving: 6g | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 807mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3914IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 5mg