French Lentils with Caramelized Celery Root and Parsley

Earthy textures make this salad as interesting to look at as it is to eat. French lentils are firmer than many other varieties, so they won't get mushy or break apart as they simmer. Don't be turned off by the gnarled appearance of celery root. Once caramelized, the vegetable's citrusy, licoricelike flavor shines.
Martha Stewart Living, December 2010
  • Prep Time 20 minutes
  • Total Time 1 hour
  • Yield Serves 4
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  • 2 cups cold water
  • 3/4 cup French lentils
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium celery root (about 1 pound), washed well, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Bring water and lentils to a boil in a
    medium saucepan. Reduce heat, and gently
    simmer, partially covered, until lentils are
    just tender, 27 to 30 minutes. Drain lentils,
    and transfer to a medium bowl.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 teaspoon oil in a medium
    nonstick high-sided skillet over medium
    heat. Cook celery root, stirring occasionally,
    until caramelized, 18 to 20 minutes.

  3. Add celery root to bowl with lentils. Stir
    in parsley, lemon juice, shallot, 1 teaspoon
    salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and remaining tablespoon oil. Let cool. Divide among 4 bowls.

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Reviews (2)

  • TeenaGreena 5 Mar, 2014

    I made this salad as a side dish to lamb chops. It was super-easy and my whole family loved it. I'm eating leftovers right now, and its even better the second day -- the flavors have marinated a bit more. Thanks! This was a great use for the celery root I received in my CSA box.

  • saradara 8 Jun, 2011

    Tasty and fairly simple. I added extra lemon juice but still feel it "needs something". The celery root doesn't really "caramelize" by just pan roasting it in a teaspoon of oil though. It would be nice if it had a bit richer flavor--perhaps oven roasting with some herbs.