French Lentil Salad Bowl

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Vegan French Lentil Salad Bowl Ingredients

I loved how easy and quick this recipe came together with normal pantry ingredients + a few fresh ingredients. Lentils are a great source of protein and I loved the combination of fresh basil with chili powder!

I had to use brown lentils in this recipe vs. ‘green’ french lentils as that is all my store had in stock (hello, covid-19 pantry staple buyers). These were a fine substitute, and if you can only find brown lentils, just keep a close eye on them while cooking, as you don’t want them to turn to mush. Green lentils are sturdier which allows them to hold up better in a salad.

I also had to use fresh basil paste vs. basil, as that is what I had on hand. I do not think the recipe would turn out the same with dried basil, so do use some type of fresh herb. I omitted the oil to keep this oil free and it turned out amazing! Otherwise I made this vegan recipe as is! Here are the ingredients you will need to make French Lentil Salad Bowl with Basil and Sweet Peppers:

  • Lentils
  • White Onion
  • Sweet Red Pepper
  • Avocado
  • Chili Powder
  • Lemon Juice
  • Fresh Basil

I preferred this vegan salad room temperature, but it is also good cold. This would be a perfect vegan picnic food to share as it makes a lot! If you make this ahead, I advise adding the diced avocado right before serving.

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French lentil salad bowl is protein packed with fabulous flavor!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Salad Bowl, Side Dishes, Vegan
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 300kcal


  • 4 cups cooked French green lentils, well chilled (see notes)**
  • 2/3 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1 medium red sweet bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (I omitted this and it still turned out great!)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 heaping teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Put all of the ingredients into a large bowl and gently stir to combine. If you are meal prepping wait right before serving to add your avocado.
  • Spoon into deep bowls and serve at room temperature, or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours and serve cold.


  • I could only find brown lentils, which worked fine in this recipe. Just keep an eye on them while they cook so they don’t get mushy.
  • Lentils don’t need to be presoaked, but check for small stones and rinse them well before preparing. To cook lentils, put 4 cups water and 2 cups dry lentils into a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Decrease the heat to low, cover and cook for 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more water if the pan becomes dry. The lentils are done when they are soft (they do not need to absorb all of the water). Drain off any excess water in a fine-meshed strainer. Yields 4 to 5 cups cooked lentils.
  • Nutrition

    Calories: 300kcal

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