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Puy lentil and Sardine Nicoise Salad

Helen Ford
This is quick and simple and makes the perfect lunch to take to work or eat at home. Packed with nutrients including magnesium from the broccoli (for a healthy nervous system and mobility), protein from the eggs, lentils and sardines and omega 3 essential fats. All of these nutrients are important for healthy hormones during the peri-menopause/menopause. It's such a beautiful salad, it would even make a perfect dinner party dish!
Course Salad
Servings 2 people


  • 2 large eggs organic
  • 100 grams tenderstem broccoli
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pouch Merchant Gourmet Puy lentils (pre-cooked)
  • 50 grams black olives pitted
  • 1 bunch flat leafed parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 small shallot finely chopped
  • 1 tin sardine fillets


  • Bring a pan of water to boil and cook the eggs for about 6 minutes. Remove and pop into cold water so you can peel them easily.
  • Heat a griddle pan, toss the broccoli in a little oil and griddle for 4-5 mins until charred and tender.
  • Transfer broccoli to a large bowl and toss together with the lentils, chopped olives and parsley.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the oil with the mustard and cider vinegar. Add the shallot and a pinch of black pepper and salt.
  • Add half the dressing to the lentils and broccoli, mix well and spread out on a platter. Flake the sardines and arrange over the lentils with the halved eggs. Drizzle over the remaining dressing and serve.
Keyword healthy nervous system, menopause health, mobility