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Puy Lentil Salad With Goat Cheese and Peppers

Puy lentil salad with roasted peppers, red onions and soft fresh goat’s cheese makes for a glorious light vegetarian meal or even a side.

You can go full-on cook it at home from scratch or cheat and buy everything cooked throw it together and I have you covered in the FAQ section!

Puy lentil salad with roasted peppers, goat's cheese and rocket.

“French” Lentil Salad

Lentils are a glorious cheap and versatile stalwart in the kitchen and as a result, I cook with them a lot!

They feature in dishes as diverse as the classic Indian chicken dhansak to my spicy carrot and lentil soup and my vegan lentil ragu to a peach and feta cheese salad and an asparagus and lentil salad as well as a glorious lentil and bacon soup.

Here they are the star of a salad of roasted peppers, goat’s cheese and red onions and puy lentils are superb for a dish like this.

They are named after the region in France where they are grown. They retain their shape like green or brown lentils and have a glorious colour and a subtle peppery flavour.

The sweetness of the roasted peppers and the saltiness of goat’s cheese is off set by red wine vinegar in a dish that is just as good as a side as it is as a light main course.

Close-up overhead French lentil salad with roasted peppers, goat's cheese and rocket.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I serve this warm?

You can but it is better served as a cold lentil salad as far as I am concerned.

If you serve it warm, the soft goat’s cheese melts and it all becomes a bit of a mushy mess. If I were to serve this warm I would shallow fry some halloumi cheese cubes.

Can I use prepared ingredients?

Yes, you can really hurry up this dish if you are prepared to pay a premium.

Ready-cooked puy lentils are really very good and we are adding lots of flavours. However, they do cost 3-4 times as much as buying raw lentils.

Roasted pepper antipasti would be the second prepared ingredient. Again these cost 3-5 times as much as the raw ingredients.

So you pays your money you takes your choice, a salad ready to roll with no cooking at a 3-5 times cost premium. Obviously, you need to factor in the cooking costs.

Can I prepare this in advance?

Yes, this will sit fine in the fridge for 3-4 days. It is a dish that dates back to packed lunches for work for me, and the last time I stepped foot in an office was over 15 years ago!

Can I use a different cheese?

Absolutely, go wild and crazy, as I mentioned above if I were to serve this warm I would use halloumi cheese. But it is awesome with everything from feta cheese to blue cheese.

Can I use different lentils?

Yes, this is great made with brown or green lentils or even black beluga lentils. Be aware that changing the lentil type could impact on cooking times.

Overhead puy lentil salad with roasted peppers, goat's cheese and rocket.

Serving Suggestions

This puy lentil salad is typically a light meal or a lunch dish for me and usually gets served with a side of bread.

I’m quite happy with a bit of focaccia or ciabatta but my wife always asks for garlic bread.

This recipe is also superb when served as a side dish.

I’ve served it with everything from a perfectly cooked rump steak to pan-fried salmon and leftover roast chicken to a host of different types of sausage.

Close-up French lentil salad with roasted peppers, goat's cheese and rocket.

Equipment Used

I only mention brands of equipment if I think that they make a material difference to a recipe. If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section.

  • Stovetop.
  • Oven or air fryer, I prefer the latter of late.
  • Baking tray with a lip that will fit in an air fryer if you are using that option. If not any size is fine.
  • Small bowl.
  • Cling film.
  • Weighing scales and or measuring cups and or spoons.
  • Chopping board.
  • Kitchen knife.
  • Mixing bowls and spoons.
French puy lentil salad with roasted peppers, rocket and goats cheese.
Yield: 2 Servings

Puy Lentil Salad With Goat Cheese and Roasted Peppers

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

My puy lentil salad makes for a fantastic hearty main course salad, it features soft goat cheese with roasted peppers and it is a real treat!


  • 100g (½ Cup) Puy Lentils
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 (75g) Small Onion
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 75g (½ Cup) Red Onion
  • 3 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • ½ Tsp Coarse Sea Salt (Plus extra to taste)
  • Pinch of Sugar
  • 125g (4½ oz) Goats Cheese
  • 50g (2 Packed Cups) Rocket or Arugula


  1. Place the peppers on a baking tray, pour over the olive oil and then either roast in the oven at 220°C or 450°F for 35-40 minutes or in an air fryer at 200°C or 400°F for 25-30 minutes.
  2. Bring an 18cm or 7" saucepan of water to a boil and add the bay leaf and small onion (cut in half).
  3. Pour in the puy lentils and reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 25 minutes.
  4. Remove the peppers, place them in a bowl and cover them with cling film and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Cut the red onion in half, peel it then slice it into half-moon shapes as finely as you can.
  6. A few minutes before the puy lentils are cooked, place the onions in a bowl with the coarse sea salt, sugar and red wine vinegar and mix well.
  7. Drain the lentils, discard both the onion and the bay leaf and place the lentils in a bowl.
  8. Add in the red onion and vinegar combination, mix well and allow to sit.
  9. Remove the skin from the peppers and tear them into shreds and add them to the lentils along with any juices and oil in the roasting tin. Then allow to cool completely.
  10. Just before serving slice the goat's cheese, and add it to the salad along with the rocket, have a taste and add more coarse sea salt to taste.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 544Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 885mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 8gSugar: 8gProtein: 27g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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Thursday 2nd of August 2018

I honestly just bought lentils and didn't want soup you just made me so happy posting this salad and I am going to make this today except I only have feta or blue cheese in the fridge so I will sub that ! thanks !!!!

Brian Jones

Friday 3rd of August 2018

Feta will work beautifully :)

Marie – Not Enough Cinnamon

Thursday 2nd of August 2018

I'm on team goat cheese too! It's so good with lentils! I've never added roasted peppers to my lentil salads but now I need to, this looks fantastic.

Brian Jones

Friday 3rd of August 2018

Thanks Marie :)


Thursday 2nd of August 2018

Lentils make such a hearty salad and anything with goats cheese is good with me!

Brian Jones

Friday 3rd of August 2018


Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

Thursday 2nd of August 2018

This looks and sounds like a delicious salad. I don't make dishes with lentils anywhere near enough, I really need to change that. Will have to give this tasty salad a try.

Brian Jones

Friday 3rd of August 2018

Thanks Bintu, Enjoy :)

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