French Lentils Salad, City of lyon style.

Lentils in some part of france are called the poor man’s caviar and I have to say that not only they are good for you but they are also delicious and versatile. you can eat them hot or cold and combine them with all kind of ingredients. Today we are the looking at a recipe from the City of Lyon in france called “salade de lentilles a la lyonnaise”. that recipe is again one of those classic that everyone that like french cooking should have tried at least once.

There are two things that make that recipe really great:

  • First of, it is cheap and easy to make and the ingredients can be found virtually anywhere.
  • Second it is made of a pefect blend of simple ingredients that complements one another beautifully.

let’s see how to make it

Ingredients list (for 2 people):

  • 250 grams of cooked brown lentils (fresh or out of a tin)
  • 50 grams of pan fried finely slices bacon
  • 50 grams of pan fried croutons
  • 1 shallot finely sliced
  • A few fresh parsley leave (flat parsley)
  • 10 cl of French Mustard vinaigrette sauce
  • 2 poached eggs


Start with the lentil base (the lentils have to be served cold):

  1. Pour the cooked lentils in large bowl
  2. Sprinkle 3/4 of the bacon over the lentils
  3. Add 3/4 of the sliced shallot over the lentils
  4. Pour the vinaigrette sauce over the lentils and toss all the ingredients together gently in the bowl until the lentils are well coated with the vinaigrette.

Next, dress up the plates:

  1. Poor half of the  lentils on the middle of each plates
  2. Sprinkle some shallot, bacon and croutons over
  3. Add one poached egg on top of the lentils on each plate
  4. season with a bit black or white pepper and extra vinaigrette if needed
  5. finish off by placing some leaves of parsley around the lentils on each plates.
  6. Serve


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