Do you like having salad for lunch or dinner?
Do you get your 5 servings of fruit and veggies daily?
Well…………….. I have to be honest with you…..my family loves veggies……..I’m the hard sale on that score! I’m, “that kid”, grown up! You know, the one that feeds their veggies to the dog, under the table, when no one was looking. The kid who counted french fries as the only veggie they’d ever eat. The kid who thought jam counted as a serving of fruit! My hubby actually STILL calls me out for not eating enough fruit and veggies! I know how important nutritious food is but so often it’s just boring or it tastes yucky!!!!
So, when I eat a salad or veggies, they have to be yummy!
They have to be interesting!
They have to be SPECIAL for me to actually change my evil ways!!!! This is the kind of recipe I’m constantly on the look out for. I know I need great nutrition. I need healthy food that I will, not only actually eat, but will also ENJOY. This recipe totally hits both marks.
This is a main dish Roasted Cauliflower and Lentil Salad that is complimented with almonds, dates, and red onion. The cauliflower is seasoned with a delicious blend of spices then roasted. The lentils are quickly cooked on the stovetop then cooled and there’s even a really easy, unique home made dressing to toss the whole kit and kaboodle with. To balance out the flavors and add more great nutrition there’s arugula or spinach added as well.
So, there you have it! A salad that is all kinds of wonderful. Super yummy, sweet and spicy, hearty and filling, interesting, and seriously nutritious. I LOVE it and I hope you’ll try it and, you too, can get your veggies ON!!!!!!
Source:Slightly Adapted From Food and Wine
- Yield : Serves 4
- 1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds
- 1 Cup Green Lentils, Rinsed
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Head Cauliflower, Cut into 1-1 1/2 Inch Florets
- 1/4 Cup Plus 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
- 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 Teaspoon Dried Ginger
- 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 2 Tablespoon Tahini
- 3 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 Teaspoons Honey
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 Tablespoon Water
- 1/2 Cup Dates, Pitted Chopped
- 1/2 Small Red Onion, Thinnly Sliced
- 4 Cups Arugula or Spinach, Loosely Packed
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, spread the almonds and cook in preheated oven until lightly colored, about 8 minutes. Cool and move to a small bowl and set aside. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees.
2. In a medium saucepan, add lentils and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer lentils, adding more water if necessary, until lentils are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain lentils thoroughly, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and mix thoroughly, then cool to room temperature. Set aside.
3. In a small bowl, make spice mix by combining cumin, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. On a rimmed baking sheet (used the same one you toasted almonds on), toss cauliflower with 1/4 cup olive oil and until evenly coated. Evenly sprinkle spice mix over cauliflower. When oven has reached 425 degrees, roast cauliflower 20- 25 minutes or until it's browned nicely on the the bottom. Allow to cool and set aside.
4. In a bowl, large enough to later accommodate all salad ingredients, make the dressing by whisking the tahini, lemon juice, honey, 1 Tablespoon olive oil and 2 Tablespoons water together until smooth. Add the room temperature almonds, cauliflower, lentils, then dates, red onion and arugula or spinach and toss until evenly coated with dressing. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.