Celebrate Bastile Day with French Green Lentils

Ann and Mark made a gorgeous French green lentil salad and shared it at the Farmers’ Market in Green Valley on Bastille Day (last Saturday). Lucky folks at the farmers’ market got to enjoy fresh Il Fiorello extra virgin olive oil with their lentil salad.

Ann shares her recipe for the salad below. Enjoy!!!!


French Green Lentil Salad  (serves 8)

In honor of Bastille Day French Independence July 14



1 lb French Green Lentils (2 cups)

6-8 cups of water

½ cup bell pepper finely chopped

½ cup onion finely chopped

½ cup fresh parsley finely chopped

½ cup celery finely chopped

1 cup hard cheese finely chopped

½ cup tomatoes finely chopped

2 tbsp finely grated lemon rind

½ cup Leccino Extra Virgin Olive

½ cup lemon juice (or amount to taste)

Salt and Pepper to taste

½ cup Leccino Extra Virgin Olive Oil for finishing the dish at table.



Sort and wash the lentils.

Place in a large pot filled with the 6-8 cups of water.

Cook until tender about 20 minutes.

Drain and cool the lentils.

While the lentils are cooling chop the vegetables into lentil size pieces.

Place cool lentils into serving bowl and mix with all the above seasonings.

Garnish with fresh parsley sprigs.

Drizzle the lentils with the remaining olive oil and serve as a salad with crusty French bread.