Warm Lentil Salad With Merguez…A French Bistro Meal

A Warm Lentil Salad, an item found on many French bistro menus, is a simple but flavorful dish when topped with spicy lamb Merguez sausages. Old fashioned French comfort food at its best, it’s perfect for either lunch or your evening meal. If you don’t care for sausages, you could top the warm lentil salad with confit duck legs, pan seared salmon or even a runny poached egg. Enjoyed with a crisp baguette and a glass of red wine, this dish will transport you to one of the cozy, unpretentious French bistros hidden along the back streets of Paris.

Warm Lentil Salad Topped With Merguez Sausage…A French Bistro Meal

Warm Lentil Salad Topped With Lamb Merguez Sausage…A French Bistro Meal

I used dark green Lentils de Puy for my salad. These delicious little legumes, known for their exceptional flavor and texture, are from the Auvergne region of France but are also grown in Italy and North America. They cost more than other lentils and may be hard to find in some areas, but I think they are worth searching out as they hold their shape well and have a nice nutty flavor. If you can’t find the green lentils, you can substitute brown lentils but the texture and taste of the salad will be very different. If you use brown lentils, simmer very gently and don’t overcook them or you will have a mushy dish.

 Warm Lentil Salad With Merguez Sausage

Serves two, adjust the recipe accordingly

Vinaigrette

  • 2  Tbsp. of either sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • a good pinch of sea salt (about 1/8 tsp.)
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. finely minced shallot
  • 2 tsp. of a good Dijon mustard (whole grain mustard can be substituted)
  • 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil

In a small bowl, prepare the vinaigrette by mixing the vinegar, salt, pepper and the minced shallots. Let sit for about 5 minutes so that the shallots soften a little. Stir in the mustard and then whisk in the oil in a slow, steady stream. Taste and adjust the vinaigrette, if needed. If it’s too sharp, add some more oil. If it seems too bland, add more vinegar, mustard or salt to your own taste.

Salad

  • 2 spicy lamb Merguez sausages (Saucisse de Toulouse, Chorizo or other well seasoned  sausages of your choice can be substituted)
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 1/2 small bulb of fennel, diced (optional)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3/4 c. green Lentils de Puy, checked for small stones and rinsed well
  • 1 c. chicken or vegetable broth
  • water
  • a few sprigs of fresh parsley and thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 potato (I used Yukon Gold), peeled and diced*
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced*
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh chopped thyme or parsley for garnish (optional)

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, add the sausages and cook until done and a little crispy. Remove from the pan and keep warm. In the same saucepan, add the onions, celery and fennel, sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook about 1 minute. Add the lentils, broth, and water to cover by about 2 to 3 inches. Add the parsley and thyme sprigs, bay leaf, and season with salt and pepper. Raise the heat to medium high, bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Partially cover the pan with a lid and simmer the lentils until they are just tender, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, cover the diced potatoes and carrots with cold, salted water. Cook over moderately high heat until the potatoes and carrots are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain well and place in a large bowl, toss with a little of the vinaigrette. *To save time, you can simmer the potatoes and carrots along with the lentils but their color will be a little dark.

When the lentils are done, drain well, place in the bowl with the cooked potatoes and carrots. Discard the bay leaf, parsley and thyme sprigs. Add the rest of the vinaigrette and toss well. Let sit for a few minutes until the vinaigrette is absorbed, taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary. If the lentils seem dry, you can drizzle with a little olive oil. To serve, transfer the lentils to individual plates or bowls and top with the sausages.

The important thing to remember when making this recipe is to add the vinaigrette while the lentils and vegetables are hot so that they can absorb all the flavors.

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This classic French bistro meal is quick to prepare and very flavorful. The lentils are delicious warm but are equally good cold. They would make a nice accompaniment to a simple roast chicken packed into a picnic basket along with a baguette, some cheese, fresh fruit and a lovely bottle of wine. All that is needed is a park bench close to the Eiffel tower and you would have a memorable French inspired picnic.   Bon appétit!

A Park Bench Close To The Eiffel Tower Would Be A Great Place For A Picnic

A Park Bench Close To The Eiffel Tower Would Be A Great Place For A Picnic

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204 Responses to Warm Lentil Salad With Merguez…A French Bistro Meal

  1. A_Boleyn says:

    Tasty looking meal … even better with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

  2. Dear Karen, what a lovely blog post to end the month of January. We love lentils as much as the French and Italian and particularly enjoy a nice lentil soup but your salad withthe spicy merguez sauasages sounds awfully tempting as well. And I like that you added so much veg to your recipe – beautiful picture of the Eiffel tower as well.
    Hope all is well – sorry, I am so behind with comments but it was a busy month with all those last minute exams at school before report cards yesterday. I was also “hors de combat” for quite a while – all well now.
    Have a lovely weekend, dear friend,
    Andrea

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Andrea, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and recipe. Please don’t worry about being behind…I have been, as well and it is hard to catch up. Life has been throwing me some curves lately, unfortunately my mother passed away very recently.

  3. cecilia says:

    I have lentils in the pantry and need to cook with them more.. they are such good food! Lovely salad.. c

  4. A love Merguez sausages and often buy them on our travels through France. They are delicious with couscous too!

  5. Barbara says:

    Karen…my condolences on the passing of your mother.
    Lentil salads are a favorite of mine and I love them warm. Yum with the sausage, I’ve never done that. This looks like a great recipe and will be trying it soon.

  6. Oh this looks delightful and makes me long for France! We will forego our European stay this year due to the horrible unrest and frequent threats. Unfortunate for I shall miss it. Thanks for the great recipe and a bit of Paris!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tin Man, I’m happy that I could share a little of France with my recipe and photo from Paris. I know what you mean…this past fall was the first time in years that we didn’t go to Europe.

  7. Monique says:

    You have me dreaming of France on this minus 18 F day..
    Love the Eiffel tower photo.:)

  8. Jane says:

    Looks and sounds heavenly, Karen! I’m also thinking of your Moroccan Chickpea and Lentil Soup! Thank you!

    Jane x

  9. Oh my – this looks so good and lamb sausage is something I need to try!

  10. savourytable says:

    The beautiful weather we have been having has me thinking about sidewalk cafes and picnics. This would be the perfect meal for dining an umbrella. This sounds wonderful.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen, I’m happy you like this French dish. I’m very jealous of your wonderful weather…we’ve got more than 3 ft. of snow on the ground, 20 mph winds and it’s in the single digits. I’m afraid tables with umbrellas would go flying away here. 😀

  11. lulu says:

    For Phil the sausages definitely stay in! Hope you are surviving mountains of snow.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda, I know that you have mentioned before about of Phil’s love of sausages…he would definitely like this dish as is. The plowed snow piles do look like mountains and we are supposed to get a foot more on Monday.

      • lulu says:

        I think you’ve reminded me why we aren’t in Maine all year!

      • Karen says:

        Now they have updated the possible totals to 12 to 18 inches. There is no better place to enjoy summer and fall than in Maine but the two of you are wise to not spend winters there. 😀

  12. Gerlinde says:

    Lentils are on my list when it comes to comfort food. A lentil soup will warm you on a cold day and a salad will give you the pleasure of eating something healthy and delicious to which you can add a protein of your choice. Your salad looks fantastic and I would love to eat it on a bench with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gerlinde, I’m happy that you like the salad. I wish we were both sitting on a bench with a view the Eiffel Tower right now because it is bitter cold here today.

  13. barbaralilian says:

    Hello Karen nice to see you are still giving us more tasty meals for the cold winter months. Another variation on a sausage & Lentil recipe Mr France makes for us. i will have to print it off and he can add it to his repetoire of dishes he likes to cook..

    • Karen says:

      Hi Barbara, It has been bitter cold here in New England and I think this makes are warm and comforting meal for a winter’s evening…thanks. I hope Mr. France approves of this lentil and sausage recipe. 🙂

  14. Mad Dog says:

    That sounds great with merguez and similarly with duck confit 😉

  15. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    I just cooked some brown lentils and plan to make some salad for the lunch tomorrow. This recipe comes just in time! It looks great!

  16. I trust you missed the Nor’easter. All good wishes. Thanks for the menu suggestion.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Darryl, I’m glad you like the salad idea…we enjoyed it. We flew home from Texas and arrived to snow, then two days later we had the Nor’easter with 3 ft. of snow. And now…guess what, we are getting another 10 to 18 inches in our area. Spring can’t come soon enough. 🙂

  17. farmerkhaiti says:

    Hello Karen- I’m new here, and my, what a beautiful tribute to your mother, so sorry for your loss. What a well lived life indeed. I look forward to experiencing your adventures, finds and shares here, take care.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Khaiti, Thank you for stopping by my blog and your lovely comment…I look forward to your visits. I appreciate your kind words about my mother…that’s very kind.

  18. kitchenriffs says:

    I haven’t had this dish in years (decades!), and it’s been longer than that since I’ve made it. In fact it’s slipped from my memory — thanks for reminding me how wonderful this is! Plus your carrots etc. show really good knife skills. 😉 Really nice post — thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, I’m glad that this post about my lentil salad reminds you how good they are. I appreciate your compliment, regarding my knife skills. It may take a little longer to cut veggies into a small dice but I think it pays off in the presentation…thank you!

  19. I love the idea of topping the lentils with a tasty sausage, Karen. I can find the French lentils at Fresh Market, thankfully. I love them!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan, I think topping the lentil salad with tasty sausages is kind of like icing on a cake. 🙂 Don’t you just love the French lentils…I think they have such a nice taste and texture. I’m happy you like the dish, thank you!

  20. David says:

    Looks perfect for the weather! I have only once been able to find Merguez sausages without garlic. Maybe I need to learn to make my own! Stay warm, Karen!

  21. Ginger says:

    What a wonderful combination! I haven’t had merguez sausages for years, and most certainly never with lentils. Bookmarked and in the pipeline!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ginger, I do think the combination of the lentils and merguez is a good one. I hope you will enjoy the dish and appreciate your nice compliment.

  22. This looks like a delicious meal.The recipe has lots of interesting ingredients. Green lentils are easy to get here but I would have to substitute the sausage with your suggestion – chorizo.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Jovina, for your nice compliment. I think chorizo is a good substitute if you can’t find merguez. I can only find it at one market and it is made by D’Artagnan…they have an online site and ship everywhere, if you want to try it.

  23. We must be on the same wave length Karen. We’re have a warm lentil salad with sausage this weekend. With you great pictures, you have me wishing was in a bistro in Paris enjoying your lovely meal for dinner. Just wish I could find lamb sausages…
    Sam

    • Karen says:

      It does sound like we are on the same wavelength, Sam. I just mentioned to Jovina that the lamb sausages I use are made by D’Artagnan. If you can’t find them, they have a website and ship everywhere. They have wonderful products…I’ve used their confit duck legs, duck fat and veal demi glace among other things.

  24. Wonderful combination of flavors, textures and colors – not so easy to achieve with lentils. Great idea to add fennel. 🙂

  25. When I saw your first picture even without reading, I thought to myself, it looks quite French haha then I gave myself an internal sticker 😛
    I can see you dreaming of France, this meal is a warm and comforting way to do that 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  26. Lovely recipe Karen and takes right to Paris and all those wonderful bistros.

  27. Hmmmm… I am going to look for these green lentils. My husband does not like lentils because he thinks they are too mushy and just kind of plain.

  28. Delicious looking Karen! I have never had lamb sausages but they sound delightful and robust. Lentils are one of my favorites. A good meal for a very cold winter day.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Teresa, If you like lamb then you will certainly enjoy spicy merguez sausages…they are loaded with flavor. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  29. Love lentils and merguez sausages. I just posted a meatball recipe I adapted from David Lebovitz , a baker/chef in Paris. He likes these sausages so much he came up with a recipe he could make at home via meatballs. Check it out as they are spicy and very good 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Judi, I have made my own version of merguez meatballs before I starting blogging and didn’t measure so I haven’t been able to shared it here. I’ll have to try the recipe sometime.

  30. megtraveling says:

    That looks delicious and I really like the idea of sitting near the Eiffel Tower too!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Meg, This is a very nice dish…I’m happy you like it. Yes, wouldn’t it be fun to have a picnic while enjoying the view of the Eiffel Tower. 😀

  31. Sophie33 says:

    This evening, I made a lovely y green lentil quinoa veggie salad! A,d this is a recipe that I absolutely love! MMMMMM,… Georgous colors & flavors in here!

  32. Larry says:

    That looks really good Karen – I like everything in it.

  33. Hi Karen, is merguez basically a lamb chorizo?

  34. hotlyspiced says:

    I love your image of the Eiffel Tower and I really must get there one day soon to enjoy a picnic on that park bench. It looks like your lentil dish has plenty of French flavours and those due puy lentils are my favourite xx

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Charlie, for your nice compliment about the recipe and photo. Would you believe that my husband took that photo with our point and shot camera while we were on the top of a double decker bus as it was driving by the Eiffel Tower. I don’t think it could have been much better if it was taken with our Canon on a tripod. I definitely think you and your sweet husband should plan a trip to that magical and romantic city called Paris. 🙂

  35. lizzygoodthings says:

    Hi Karen, this dish sounds fantastic! We have Puy-style lentils grown here in Australia now. Just love them!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lizzy, It is nice to know that lentils are being grown in other parts of the world now so that more of us can enjoy them…I really like their taste and texture. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  36. Eha says:

    An appetizing and healthy salad any time of the year! Don’t use much in the way of sausages but greatly appreciate merguez. Have made similar many times but not added fennel: thanks for an interesting tip!

  37. It’s such a delicious combination. Yet I never seem to get mine quite right. And haven’t cooked them in an age. My neighbour directly above me (in Central London) worked for a very trendy café in Hoxton, and they cooked this with roasted quail – one of my favourites. But I’ve never managed to replicate their recipe. There’s time!

    • Karen says:

      I’m glad you like the combination, Johnny. I can imagine how good lentils and roasted quail would be. Your so busy now…I’m sure you wish there were more hours in the day.
      Take care, my friend.

  38. Debra Kolkka says:

    This looks great. I will soon be back in Italy. It will be a great winter treat.

  39. chrisscheuer says:

    Sounds like perfect comfort food and I’m imagining enjoying it while gazing at the Eiffel Tower! You’re right those Lentils de Puy are the best!

  40. ladyfi says:

    The French know how to prepare lentils! The salad looks lovely.

  41. Oh, this is a delicious lentil recipe. Addition of fennel and potato is very satisfying. And then to top it with the flavorful mergueza is brilliant. 😛

  42. Even with our lovely hot summery weather I would thoroughly enjoy this warm salad Karen.
    Have a beautiful week ahead.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mandy, I have to agree with you that I think this is a dish that can be enjoyed no matter the season. Thank you for your compliment and wish…I hope the rest of your week is nice as well. 😀

  43. Conor Bofin says:

    Another lovely dish, presented both beautifully and timely. Good one Karen.

  44. Beth says:

    I’ve never eaten a lentil salad – they always sound so plain to me. But this post has changed my attitude toward them. I’d love to try one that’s so flavourful!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Beth, I think that you will find a lentil salad to be very good…especially if you use quality and flavorful ingredients. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  45. Diane says:

    Love Lentils, will certainly try this. Thanks Have a good day. Diane

  46. This looks really tasty, Karen. How lovely to have a picnic next to the Eiffel Tower. Dream on. 🙂

  47. aFrankAngle says:

    A good match with the sausage!

  48. cheri says:

    Hi Karen, lentils are my favorite, great recipe that takes us all to France with the picture of the Eiffel Tower. Nice posts!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cheri, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and recipe for the warm lentil salad. Since it was inspired by French bistros, I thought a view of the Eiffel Tower was a good ending to the post.

  49. Oh yum-my….Not sure I can find those sausages but I am willing to take on the hunt.

  50. I’m a huge fan of lentils, and agree that they and sausage are a match made in heaven. Your salad looks delicious. And, did you know that most of the world’s lentils are produced in Canada, the province of Saskatchewan to be more precise? There you go, your fact of the day 😊

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marlene, Thanks for the fact of the day…I would not have guessed about Canada being a huge producer of lentils. We always learn something new from our blogging friends, thank you. 😀

  51. My most recent soup post featured Puy Lentils. A hardy lentil, indeed! I found mine in the bulk section of Whole Foods Market. And I live a fairly smallish town in the middle of Oregon. Very nice French recipe, thank you Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kathryn, I’m glad that you like the recipe…thank you. Your kale, lentil and bacon soup is perfect for a winter’s day. We don’t have a Whole Foods Market in our area…I know everyone likes them for the variety of foods they carry.

  52. This sounds delicious. I will have to buy some Merguez sausages tomorrow when I go shopping 🙂

  53. Susan says:

    Wonderful Saturday night supper. I used andouille sausage, living in the mountains of East Tennessee you can be limited in choices, and it was delish. I have tried several of your recipes and even though I don’t comment much, they have all been wonderful. Thanks for your ideas. Happy sunny living.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Susan, for not only your visit and compliment but for letting me know that you have tried and liked some of my recipes. I’m very appreciative when someone takes the time to let me know they enjoy a meal made with one of them. 😀

  54. spicegirlfla says:

    I think I can picture the scene in my mind right now. How lovely that would be to dine at a French bistro – it’s definitely on my bucket list. In the meantime, I can dream and this would be so lovely to serve. I do like sausage and need to find your suggestion.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda, Yes…I like dreaming about places to visit and the foods enjoyed while on those travels. I believe you would enjoy the French inspired meal. Thank you, it is always good to hear from you.

  55. Raymund says:

    Those Merguez sausages sounds similar to chorizo, will have to scout for that here in some of the French shops I know

    • Karen says:

      Hi Raymund, chorizo would be a good substitute but if you have some French shops, I think you will find the Merguez. I believe you would really enjoy them.

  56. Eva Taylor says:

    It sure does transport me back to Paris. The wonderful meals we had at the unpretentious little bistros. We make the Lentils du Puys salad regularly in the summer and I almost always top it with a poached egg but I do love sausage so this would definitely be a splurge for us. Very tasty indeed.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eva, I love it when a meal can remind us of one of the many places we have traveled and Paris has so many wonderful little bistros with dishes like this. I’m glad you like the idea of the salad topped with sausage…especially Merguez, they are so flavorful. Thank you.

  57. Oh would I love to be sitting beneath the Eiffel Tower having a picnic right about now! Alas, i’ll take second best with this for comfort food. Where in the world did you find those sausages? They look fantastic!

  58. Pam says:

    That’s definitely some good eating on your plate. I’m not familiar with the sausage but it looks and sounds great with the salad. Ah, to be back in Paris, would be perfect too!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Pam, for your compliment. If you like lamb and spicy food, then I think you would enjoy Merguez. The ones I buy are by D’Artagnan…they have a website where you can buy them online if you can’t find them in one of your local markets.

  59. Mary Ann says:

    I will try this as soon as I find the green lentils, already bought the fennel so I was hoping to find some locally but may have to order online. Do you get yours at a specialty market? Sounds delicious.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary Ann, I don’t have the bag from the one I used but I do know that Bob’s Red Mill carries them in their line of products and they are in most grocery stores. I hope you can find them…enjoy.

  60. Velva says:

    The warm lentil salad looks delightful Karen. The addition of the sausages makes for delicious meal-very nice.

    Velva

  61. My goodness, Karen. I went out of town for a little bit and so much has happened. I’m very, very sorry for the loss of your mother. My heart really goes out to you and your family. And then to hear you’re moving! I can imagine the mixed feelings, but I have to say I can really understand the move to a warmer, much easier climate! It will be fun to follow along with your changes and adjustments! And today’s recipe is a winner. I love green lentils, and my family, probably more than I, love Merguez sausages. I would just love to have a recipe that I could surprise them with–they wouldn’t be anticipating it. LOL! I’m looking forward to that surprise. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debra, yes there has been a lot going on in my life lately. Thank you for your kind words concerning the loss of my mother, they are much appreciated. As much as we will miss beautiful New England, we just can’t take its harsh winters anymore…too much snow to deal with. I’m happy to know that you want to surprise your family with this recipe, I hope everyone enjoys it.

  62. ramblingtart says:

    I do love a good lentil salad, and this one sounds fantastic. 🙂 I didn’t realize it was Parisian bistro food, but now I can think of Paris when I eat it. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Krista, Yes…lentil salads are very popular in the bistros of Paris and other parts of France. I think it is fun to think of yourself being in a far off place you have been to while enjoying a meal. I’m glad you like this dish, thank you.

  63. I’ve been to Paris with my husband 7 years ago and I loved it! This soup is delicious Karen and very bistro like!

  64. Joanne says:

    Such a hearty, comfort filled dish!

  65. lamb sausage now that sounds amazing to me. We are huge sausage fans. I love the warm lentils and the flavor it brings to the salad. just a great dish all around

  66. Love using de Puy lentils and this is such a wonderful way to incorporate them – perfect winter dinner, Karen!

  67. Norma Chang says:

    Love lentils and have in my pantry but not the Lentils de Puy, going to try and find them so I can make this salad.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Norma, It is nice to see you out in the blog world again and I’m glad you are feeling better. I don’t think you should have any problem finding the Lentils de Puy in your area…I think they are worth looking for.

  68. Michelle says:

    A perfect combination, isn’t it?

  69. A lovely dish with a lovely view. I really do not cook with lentils enough and they really can make a dish interesting and a a great protein source. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bobbie, You are right about lentils being a good source of protein. I’m happy to know my post has inspired you to cook lentils more often.

  70. simply damn delicious and healthy lentil salad!!!

  71. The eiffel tower was where we got engaged a couple months ago. Thanks for bringing about a flurry of warm feelings. I’ve never had lamb sausage and I love how you cooked up the lentils!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Angela, I’m happy to have brought back memories from your recent engagement in Paris…such a romantic city…congratulations. 😀 I believe you would enjoy the lamb sausages, Merguez is a little spicy and full of flavor.

  72. Juliana says:

    What a delicious and comforting warm salad…I absolutely love the idea of using lentils…although I have never heard of this sausage…it sure sounds great.
    Hope you are having a fabulous week Karen 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Juliana, for your nice compliment about the lentil salad…it really is a comforting dish. The sausages originated in North Africa and are very popular in France.

  73. afracooking says:

    I always love lentils so I was sold straight away. The way you serve the sausage is wonderfully original!

  74. Liz says:

    delicious! Lentils are a favorite food, but never sure what to do with them outside of soup. Great idea to pair with sausage 🙂

  75. That looks so tasty on a cold winter day like today…I now have that on the menu for this weekend.

  76. The whole thing looks delicious. Wonder if there is any place in Chicago where I could get Merguez sausage. It’s possible, though I can always fall back on kielbasa.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jason, If you are like my husband, I believe you will enjoy this meal. I would think you could find the sausage in a cosmopolitan city like Chicago. I bet if you Google where to buy Merguez in Chicago…a store will probably come up. If not, kielbasa would be very good. Good luck in the search.

  77. I’d love to enjoy this meal with a view of the Eiffel Tower! I’m thinking it’s been too long since I’ve cooked lentils, and we have a great local farm that sells duck confit. Thanks for the dinner plan!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lisa, You are such a lucky girl to have a local source for duck confit. It will be absolutely delicious with this salad…even if eaten without a view of the Eiffel Tower. 😀

  78. ladygourmet says:

    Dear Karen, I have always enjoyed lentils. It is a dish that is so versatile. This certainly looks wonderful. I like meals that transport us to the places they represent.

  79. I can’t wait to try this lovely salad. Warm salads this time of year hit the spot. I’ll pretend I’m in Paris when I eat it!!

  80. This salad looks delicious and very healthy. Lentils are fabulous pulses! I love the photo of Paris!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Alida, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. I’m glad you like the lentil salad and the photo of the Eiffel Tower…I thought it would be a nice thing to think about while enjoying this meal. 🙂

  81. Louise says:

    Hi Karen,
    One of the few things I am able to find here in central PA is green lentils. I still remember how surprised I was to find them. As you can imagine, I make them often but I must say, it has been quite a while since I’ve made a warm lentil salad. This post has been a much needed inspiration. Thank you…

    Hope all is healing well in your little corner of the world…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Louise, I’m happy that this post has inspired you to create warm lentil salad…they really area good. Thank you for your kind wish. 🙂

  82. The first thing we do when we land in Paris is to buy a picnic lunch and head for the Eiffel Tower. I’m awe struck every time I see that magnificent structure. What a lovely salad, Karen. I can almost taste all the delicious flavors.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cathy, You know where I’m coming from with having a picnic by the Eiffel Tower. 😀 I’m glad you like the salad, I think it is a good one…thank you.

  83. nancyc says:

    This salad looks and sounds so delicious!

  84. Delicious ingredients always equal a simply delicious meal. I would love a plate of spicy sausage & tasty lentils, if only I were closer! (Would also love this dish with that view) equally wonderful!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Alli, If you were a neighbor, I’d certainly invite you over for this meal. Come to think about it…I doubt you would want to accept the invitation since it is bitter cold and we have 5 feet of snow on the ground. We will just dream of the picnic instead. 😀 Thank you for your nice compliment.

  85. This is such a lovely meal, Karen. I do enjoy lentils, but never really think to use them in a salad, so this is a good idea for me to try out.

  86. Karen says:

    Thank you for your nice compliment, Amy. I hope you will try lentils in a salad…I think it is a great way of enjoying them.

  87. I love lamb, so this sausage would be a treat. I agree, a great picnic spot.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Donna, If you love lamb I believe you will really enjoy the Merguez sausage. It adds lots of flavor to this dish and many others. Thanks for your visit and comment.

  88. The Puy lentils are some of my favourite. I love how they hold their shape and are perfect in salads. I also like Merguez sausages, so this dish is quite perfect!
    I hope you are doing well, Karen. xx

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Nazneen, for your nice compliment and wish, they are much appreciated. I’m glad that you agree with me about how good both Puy lentils and Merguez sausages are…they certainly were a nice paring in this dish. 😀

  89. I was out tonight and just thinking that I’d love a dish that was comforting with some beans or lentils in it 😀

  90. I always love how versatile lentils are and all the things you can add it too. This salad looks lovely.

  91. This is definitely a french bistro meal and it looks so amazing. I wish i could have this tonight

  92. I never had this dish in France so I suspect it’s time to go back and make up for it, It looks wonderful!

  93. Sissi says:

    I love lentil salad and yours looks gorgeous! (Especially with merguez on top!). Now that you say that, lentilles de Puy do keep their shape better than other varieties (I only buy these because I love their taste and have never thought about the technical side). Merguez has become such a staple in France, it’s difficult to imagine it’s arrived not such a long time ago from Northern Africa… There is a famous butcher in the North specialising in merguez and apparently he has clients from whole France who sometimes drive 5 hours only to buy his BEST product. Good merguez from a good butcher’s is my favourite raw sausage type in France. I should have bought merguez instead of shrimps and scallops today 🙂

  94. ourfrenchoasis says:

    Fabulous recipe. Since our children started eating at school in France they too now love lentils, I think they are highly underestimated by far too many people, when in truth they are delicious and nutritious. Of course eaten with a view of the Eiffel Tower would certainly make them even better!

  95. Your first paragraph made me feel like I was sitting in my favorite French restaurant here in Denver. And I’m a sausage lover, so would try this as is. Thanks for a great recipe.

  96. This looks delicious, Karen, and perfect for a cold winter day meal when served warm. My husband and I both like lentils and eat them often in a variety of meals.

  97. rozpaige says:

    It’s gotten so cold this weekend and a bowl of this lentil soup would have been perfect to enjoy, my kind of winter comfort food! Thank you for the recipe Karen!
    Roz

  98. I loved dining in French Bistros.. that seems like forever ago now. I’ve been searching high and low for Lentils de Puy here, but still no luck and every time I see them I am more determined to find them. I’m so intrigued to taste the difference in flavour. xx

  99. Oh my, but this does sound delicious. I love lentils. Suppers like this are so simple and so satisfying. I’d take this over fancy restaurant food any day of the week. I hope things are going well for you.

  100. i really must start using lentils more in my cooking. They are so yummy but I always forget to use them. This looks amazing and so delicious and yet easy for weeknights

  101. Penny says:

    I thought I had left a comment earlier, but did not see it. Guess I was wrong. I love this whole dish. Just the thought of being in Paris again enjoying something like this makes me very happy. We stayed in the 7th the last two times we were there, so the Eiffel Tower was always in view either straight on or peaking through the tree tops. I feel like it is now my neighborhood. Great post Karen.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Penny, I checked my spam folder and didn’t find an earlier comment but I’m glad that you stopped by again to comment. I’m happy that this post reminded you of your visits to Paris and thank you for your lovely compliment.

  102. Karen Im so sorry your mom passed away, what beautiful she was! amazing!
    And looking your pictures yes I noticed your winter was hard.!
    We are at the end of the summer here and I love autumn but Im thinking how will be our winter??
    BTW I love lentils and this look amazing! I think I have lentils in my pantry so I will make soon!!
    a big hug
    xo

  103. Ah you’ve chosen one of my favourites Karen, on our last trip to France we stocked up on Puy Lentils! Love your dressing, will have to try that soon

    • Karen says:

      Hi Claire, I’m glad you like the recipe. It is nice you were able to stock up on Puy Lentils when you were last in France…they are certainly worth seeking out for their taste and texture in dishes.

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