With the new season often comes a desire for some new meal ideas. As we wave bye-bye to winter and the filling foods that helped us get through it, it’s time to greet spring with some freshness. This French lentil salad with goat cheese is one of several lighter fare options from Jennifer Segal at Once Upon a Chef.

French Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese

Servings: 4 as a side dish, 2 as a main course
Total Time: 45 Minutes, plus 10 minutes to chill


    • 1 cup French green lentils (or common brown or green lentils)
    • 3 cups chicken broth
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 large carrot, finely diced
    • 2 ribs celery, finely diced
    • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme (or ½ teaspoon dried)
    • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one lemon
    • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, best quality such as Lucini or Colavita
    • 3 ounces goat cheese


    1. Before cooking the lentils, rinse them well and pick over them to remove any small rocks or debris.
    2. Combine lentils, chicken broth and bay leaf in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; then turn heat down and simmer until lentils are tender, 25-30 minutes for French green lentils or 20-25 minutes for common brown or green lentils.
    3. Remove bay leaf, strain and let cool.
    4. In a large bowl, combine all remaining ingredients except goat cheese.
    5. Add cooled lentils and toss to combine.
    6. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
    7. Transfer salad to serving dish, crumble goat cheese over top and serve.

Note: When preparing this recipe, be sure to build in at least 10 minutes to cool the lentils after they have cooked.

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