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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 one awesome got-it-all salad. A salad 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. Herbs could be cilantro or basil and mint, and of course ample parsley.

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

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

About fresh tarragon:

  • If you aren’t familiar with fresh tarragon in salads or with vegetables, you’ll wonder what you’re tasting. I used to think I didn’t care for tarragon’s aromatic aniselike notes. But since my neighbor’s garden was overflowing with the prolific perennial and she was giving it away, I decided to give it a try. Fresh minced tarragon adds a subtle magical mystery flavor to this lentil and quinoa salad. I’m a tarragon fan now, that’s for sure.

Other salads featuring quinoa:

#Eat Seasonal:

This green lentil and quinoa salad is part of June’s seasonal recipe roundup, orchestrated by our friend Becky from The Vintage Mixer blog.

For more recipes showcasing seasonal fruits and veggies, follow the links from other bloggers below. We hope our recipes encourage you to get in the kitchen and cook something delicious—and seasonal!

Roasted Strawberry Yogurt Pops by Completely Delicious

Greek Three Bean Salad by Flavor the Moments

Chunky Citrus Guacamole by Foodie Crush

Cherry-Rhubarb Pie Bars by Floating Kitchen

Strawberry Lime Chopped Salad by Vintage Mixer

Minty Sweet Pea Hummus by She Likes Food

Simply Strawberry Pie by Joy Food Sunshine

Cherry Rolls by Kitchen Confidante

Pimento Cheese Spread with Pickled Green Garlic, Radishes, and Rhubarb by Food for My Family

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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 CSA recipes migrated over to here 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

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