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Green Lentil and Quinoa Salad

Fresh flavorful herbs, crunchy vegetables, and ample vegetarian protein dressed in a tangy olive oil and vinegar dressing, this green lentil and quinoa salad is the got-it-all salad. One that everyone would be happy find on a potluck buffet or served atop crisp green lettuce on a hot summer day!

French Green Lentil and Quinoa Salad in glass bowl with spoon on green checked napkin

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ingredients for French Green Lentil and Quinoa Salad on cutting board

The beautiful thing about this salad is you can adapt it to whatever fresh herbs and vegetables are in season. This particular salad features radishes and celery for vegetables, and parsley and tarragon for herbs.

Other vegetable possibilities would be carrots, or cucumbers, or jicama. If you don’t have tarragon, sub in another pungent fresh herb, like cilantro or basil and mint.

For mild onion flavor, because it’s chive season right now, this green lentil and quinoa salad features fragrant green chive stems and their edible lavender flowers. If you don’t have chives, add green onions, finely minced red onion, or chopped garlic scapes instead.

French Green Lentil and Quinoa Salad overhead in glass bowl on green checked napkin

About fresh tarragon:

  • Are you familiar with fresh tarragon? I used to think I didn’t care for its aromatic aniselike notes, but when my neighbor’s garden was overflowing with the prolific perennial, I decided to give it a try. You too will love the subtle magical mystery that fresh minced tarragon brings to this salad.

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Nutrition Facts
Green Lentil and Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 310mg13%
Potassium 433mg12%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 3.6mg4%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

** This is an update of the lentil and quinoa salad from summer 2013. Back then I created recipes every week for my CSA and posted them on a blog called muffintalk. All those recipes have migrated over to this blog, and I’m gradually updating the winners with photos. The original salad included garlic scapes, tarragon, summer savory, and chives from our CSA box.


  • K-bomb

    Loved this, added steamed green beans and steamed carrots excellent Reply · 3 July, 2018

    • Thank you! I love your idea to add green bean and carrots! Reply · 6 July, 2018

  • Hi Letty,

    I would like to post your French Green Lentil and Quinoa Salad recipe and picture on my face book page and of course credit you for it. Wondering if that would be ok.

    Janet Zdichavsky Rncp Rohp Reply · 15 March, 2019

    • Of course Janet. Thank you for asking and linking to my blog. Enjoy! Reply · 15 March, 2019

  • Amy

    LOVE this recipe. It’s so fresh and tasty. I’m printing the recipe to save, this will be my 3rd time making it in probably 2 months. Reply · 29 June, 2020

    • Thank you Amy. I’m so happy you enjoy it! It’s one of my favorites too. Reply · 29 June, 2020

  • Maggie

    I made this adding fesh mint in addition. After tasting the salad, I added green onions in addition to the chives, and pelled and chopped fresh cucumber. For the dressing I added 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice and then hiney ti balance the acid.
    Will make this flexible salad again! Reply · 7 July, 2022

    • Thank you Maggie. Love your comfort adapting this salad to your taste! Reply · 9 July, 2022

5 from 7 votes (3 ratings without comment)

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