Great side dish. French lentils (also called puy lentils) have a wonderful earthy flavor. You can't substitute regular green/brown lentils. They are expensive but usually affordable at your local food co-op. Goat cheese has a creamier texture than feta. I like to add grape tomatoes.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine sherry vinegar, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and minced garlic in a jar with a lid and shake until blended. Set aside.

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  • Place lentils, chicken broth, water, and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, until the lentils are just tender to the bite, about 20 minutes. Do not overcook. Remove from heat, drain, and cool for at least 30 minutes. Transfer cooled lentils to a mixing bowl.

  • Stir in the dressing, chives, and cilantro; mix well. If you're serving the salad immediately, add the goat cheese and tomatoes. If you're preparing the recipe ahead of time, refrigerate the salad and add the goat cheese and tomatoes just before serving.

Cook's Notes:

You may substitute balsamic vinegar, vegetable stock, and feta cheese for the sherry vinegar, chicken stock, and goat cheese, if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

329.1 calories; protein 14.7g 30% DV; carbohydrates 24.9g 8% DV; fat 19.5g 30% DV; cholesterol 16.1mg 5% DV; sodium 533.2mg 21% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2013
I love this recipe it was wonderful. I followed the recipes but I did omitted the grape tomatoes. My husband who is 100% meat and potatoes kinda guy he said I understand why you like it. That pretty much means he wont eat it but it wasn't horrible. This is recipe is one you can make and keep in the fridge. It stores well so you can have a yummy pre-made side dish for the next few days. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/08/2013
I followed this recipe exactly i did really like the french lentils.I did not like the flavor. I have used sherry vinegar before but I think this recipe could use something warmer in flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2013
I love this recipe it was wonderful. I followed the recipes but I did omitted the grape tomatoes. My husband who is 100% meat and potatoes kinda guy he said I understand why you like it. That pretty much means he wont eat it but it wasn't horrible. This is recipe is one you can make and keep in the fridge. It stores well so you can have a yummy pre-made side dish for the next few days. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2014
I used 2TB of olive oil and tried the feta and balsamic option. The whole family loved it. Delicious and easy. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/07/2013
I followed this recipe exactly i did really like the french lentils.I did not like the flavor. I have used sherry vinegar before but I think this recipe could use something warmer in flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2013
So easy to make and delicious!! I am no cook and I pulled this off with my man (who can cook) and it was a huge success. New family favorite now! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2014
Great flavors! I added red onions instead of chives and white basalmic vinegar instead of sherry vinegar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2013
I loved this recipe. I made it as written and my husband ate all the leftovers while I was at work the next day! I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for a new side dish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2017
Excellent stuff! I used chicken bullion and water. I saved the liquid after cooking the lentils and then added white wine and reduced down with onions in it. I used this as a sauce for the salad. Careful not to add too much bullion as it will make the sauce very salty. Read More