Roasted carrot lentil salad

Lentils and roasted carrots come together to make this hearty salad that is ideal for fall.

It's also versatile. It's delicious as a hearty snack, but you can also serve it as a satisfying lunch served on a bed of spinach and topped with goat cheese. It would also be great as a side dish for dinner with grilled tofu, tempeh, chicken, portobello mushroom or fish.

Of course, you can also serve this salad by itself, warm when lentils and carrots are just finished cooking. Enjoy!

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 1 cup French De Puy lentils or beluga lentils, rinsed
  • 3 cups organic carrots (3-4 large carrots)
  • Extra virgin olive oil, for roasting carrots
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly chopped cilantro, optional garnish

Sherry onion vinaigrette:

  • 1.5 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • ½ tbsp shallots
  • 2.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. 
  2. Slice carrots in large, similar size chunks, then toss with extra virgin olive oil, cumin, fenugreek, sea salt & freshly ground black pepper. Spread evenly onto baking sheet and roast in oven for ~15-20 minutes until tender and slightly crisp. Remove from oven to cool.
  3. While carrots are cooking, cover lentils with water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until tender, but still a little firm, ~ 20 minutes. Drain the lentils and let cool.
  4. For the vinaigrette: In a small jar, combine all ingredients and shake to blend.
  5. Combine lentils & carrots in serving bowl, gently toss with vinaigrette. 
  6. Sprinkle on cilantro.

Nutrition Information (per serving)

Per serving (does not include added salt):

  • Calories: 290
  • Total fat: 14 g
  • Saturated fat: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 45 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 34 g
  • Dietary fiber: 10 g
  • Sugars: 3 g
  • Protein: 12 g