French lentils and feta are a classic combination. A filling and somewhat hearty salad, I often take this salad to go for lunch during the week. In our house it works well for Saturday lunch too.
Different types of lentils
There are several varieties of lentils including red, brown, and green also known as “French” lentils. Red lentils tend to lose their shape and turn yellow when cooked. This makes them ideal for soups or dishes where you will puree the lentils but not a great addition to a salad. This is because they do not have the “crunch” factor and mouthfeel that most of us enjoy in our salads. Brown lentils can be less expensive than other varieties and will remain firm when cooked but only if cooked properly so they may not be the best choice for a lentil salad if you have never cooked lentils. For this lentil and feta salad recipe, I used French green lentils because if they are cooked correctly, they will stay firm. Lentils are a good source of protein
Lentils are part of the legume family. which also includes peas, beans, and peanuts. Like most legumes, lentils are a good source of plant-based protein and are an especially useful ingredient if you are following a vegetarian diet. This salad provides 10 grams of protein per serving to help you to reach your dietary needs. Give it a try it and let me know what you think.