In this study, effects of different chloride salts applied to lentil (Lens esculanta Moench) on germination ratio and seedling growth with seedling mineral nutrient contents were investigated. In the experiment, three cultivars of green lentils (Ankara Yesili, Ceren and Meyveci 2001) and three cultivars of red lentils (Ciftci, Kafkas and Ozbek) were tested. Different chloride salts (CaCl2, MgCl2 and NaCl), and 0, 5, 10 and 20 dS m(-1) EC doses of these salts were applied to the lentil cultivars. Laboratory and pot experiments were conducted according to completely randomized plots design in a darkened growth cabinet at 20 +/- 1 degrees C with three replications. Differences between applications with interactions of all the characteristics apart from root length in the pot experiments was found statistically significant. Analysis of the data showed that; germination rate, germination index, shoot length, root length, shoot dry weight, nitrogen, calcium, magnesium and potassium content of seedlings decreased with the increasing dose of the different salts of chloride while the mean germination times, concentrations of sodium and chloride in seedling increased.