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French Green Lentil Salad

French Green Lentil Salad

A delicious homemade side dish made with French green lentils, bacon, fresh herbs, and a red wine vinaigrette.
Course Main
Cuisine French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Renee

Ingredients

For the lentils:

  • 1 pound French green lentils about 2 1/2 cups
  • 1 small onion sliced in thick slices
  • 1 large garlic clove peeled and sliced in half
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 pound salt pork
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil

For the salad:

  • 6 slices thick-sliced bacon cooked and chopped

Instructions

For the lentils:

  1. Pick over the lentils, rinse and drain. In a large 6 quart pot, place the lentils, onion, garlic, bay leaf, salt, and pork. Add water and cover the ingredients by 2 to 3 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the lentils are tender (about 20 to 25 minutes). Do not over-cook lentils or they will be mushy. Drain lentils and discard the onion, garlic, bay leaf, and salt pork. Stir in pepper.

For the dressing:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, mustard, salt, pepper, parsley, thyme, rosemary, and basil.

For the salad:

  1. Add the lentils and bacon to the dressing. Stir to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

A delicious homemade side dish made with French green lentils, bacon, fresh herbs, and a red wine vinaigrette.