French Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad

This seemingly unusual salad is tasty as it is nutritious. I love to use the French lentils in this salad because they hold their shape when cooked, which is perfect for a cold salad. The sweet potato is raw but you would never know it, as it is diced very finely and gives a sweet crunchy to the dish.

1 cup dry French lentils
¼ raw sweet potato, peeled and diced finely (see photo)
Juice of 1 lemon and zest
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp curry powder
1 Tbsp fresh chopped thyme
2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
½ tsp salt
Fresh pepper

Place the dry lentils in 4 cups boiling water and cook for 15 minutes, or until tender (but not mushy—they should be “al dente”), uncovered.
Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water and drain again well.
Place all the dressing ingredients (except for the salt and pepper for now) in a small bowl and whisk well.
Place lentils in a medium bowl and add the finely diced raw sweet potato and the dressing and stir gently to coat well.
Cover the bowl with plastic cellophane and place refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
When ready to serve, add the salt and pepper and stir gently.

This recipe originally appeared on

By Catherine Katz, Ph.D.| January 09, 2017
Categories:  Recipes
Keywords:  Cuisinicity

About the Author

Catherine Katz, Ph.D.

Catherine Katz, Ph.D.

Catherine is the founder of Cuisinicity- Love the Food That Loves You Back, a website where good food and good health come together in a way that is feasible for today’s busy families, as it has been for hers (Catherine and her husband, Nutrition expert Dr David L. Katz, have 5 children!). Catherine’s recipes have been widely featured in national media, including ABC News, O Magazine, Eating Well, Prevention Magazine, Woman’s World, Fitness, Shape, and many others. She is the co-creator of the Nutrition Detectives™ food label literacy program, now in use by thousands of schools all over the world and has collaborated in the production of other health promotion programming, including the Unjunk Yourself® music video program.


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