Herby Lemony French Lentil Salad

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Creamy lentils meet crunchy walnuts in this nutritious crowd-pleaser!

This simple mixture of lentils, herbs, and walnuts is filling, and it tastes wonderful too! Lighter than bean salad recipes, delicate lentils and crunchy walnuts are protein-packed salad ingredients that can make delicious salad meals or be part of a healthy salad menu for a summer party. Plus, they’re a SUPERFOOD, too!

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A small amount of lemon confit can be added to this Lemony French Lentil Salad for extra flavor, or a little lemon olive oil (from the confit) can be used.

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Herby Lemony French Lentil Salad

This healthy bean salad is packed with fiber and protein and has a light and crunchy texture you will love.
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 1 cup
Course Side Dish
Cuisine French, Universal
Author SkinnyMs.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup green lentils dry
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves fresh, chopped (optional, thyme leaves loosely packed, discard stems)
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped

Instructions

  • Put the lentils, salt and bay leaf in a medium pot in 3 cups water and bring just to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and allow the lentils to simmer for 30- 40 minutes, or until softened all the way through, adding water as they cook if necessary.
  • Cool lentils to room temperature then place in the refrigerator until chilled.
  • Add the thyme leaves, olive oil, walnuts (optional) and lemon juice to the chilled lentils and toss to coat. Taste and add salt if desired.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 7mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 1g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 7
Keywords Diabetic-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Plant-Based

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8 Comments

  1. Do you mean packed thyme leaves? That's a lot of thyme. Do you shred them or mince them. I am making this tonight as part of this week's bulk cooking. It looks yummy. Do you think other herbs would work as well, maybe basil or cilantro to go with the lemon?
    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  2. Do you mean packed thyme leaves? That's a lot of thyme. Do you shred them or mince them. I am making this tonight as part of this week's bulk cooking. It looks yummy. Do you think other herbs would work as well, maybe basil or cilantro to go with the lemon?

    1. Karen, Just update to read: ¼ cup picked thyme leaves loosely packed, discard stems Basil is a good substitute…goes great with lemon. I would not recommend cilantro with lemon. Thanks! 🙂

  3. Can I please use canned lentils? Trying to save money and I have a can of lentils in the pantry. Can I use those?

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