Lentil Salad

  • Serves

    serves 6-8


(Salade de Lentilles)

While enjoying a wine tasting at Chateau Thivin in Beaujolais, we were also treated to a harvest lunch that included this hearty salad.


  • 1 lb. lentilles du Puy, picked over and rinsed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and halved
  • 6 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1⁄4 cups dijon mustard
  • 1⁄4 cups red wine vinegar
  • 5 Tbsp. peanut oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 shallots, peeled and thickly sliced


Step 1

Put lentils into a large pot, cover with cold water by 1 1⁄2", and add onion halves, parsley, thyme, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until lentils are tender, about 15 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, to make the dressing, put mustard, vinegar, and oil into a large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined but not emulsified. Set dressing aside.

Step 3

Drain lentils, then remove and discard bay leaf, thyme, parsley, and onions. Transfer warm lentils to the bowl with dressing, add shallots, and toss with a wooden spoon until lentils are evenly coated. Adjust seasonings. Serve at room temperature.

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