Spiced Lentil Salad with Carrots

Lentil salad with carrots on a plate.

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Mm, some warming spices paired with a perfectly chewy lentil-grain mix, sweet and ginger-y carrots and a creamy dressing on top – sounds like food heaven to us. And despite the multiple components to this recipe, it comes together nice and quick too, and the prepping doesn’t include much advanced stuff at all. A weeknight winner for sure, but also interesting enough to qualify as a Saturday night dinner or perhaps as something to cook someone who “doesn’t like vegetarian food”. We always find that comment funny. You mean you don’t like potatoes? Or pasta?

And if you’re after convincing someone plant based is cool, you better stick to the term “vegetarian”. God, throw “vegan” in there and you’re in deep trouble! That this dish is 100% plant based can remain your own secret 🙂 Alrighty, that’s all – enjoy!

Serves 4-6
Total Time: 45 min

Ingredients

Lentil and grain salad

3 dl grain of your choice (e.g. pearled wheat, farro or brown rice)
4 dl green lentils (320 g)
2 tbsp canola oil
1 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/2 dl raisins
100 g fresh spinach
Salt and black pepper

Carrots

8 medium carrots (800 g)
1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 tbsp baking syrup (ljus sirap) or maple syrup
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt

Tahini dressing

3/4 dl tahini
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp baking syrup (ljus sirap) or maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp hot water
A good grind of black pepper

To serve

1 1/2 dl roasted walnuts, roughly chopped
Pickled red onions or thinly sliced raw red onions

Instructions

  1. Set the oven to 225ºC.
  2. Cook grain and lentils according to package instructions.
  3. Cut the carrots in long wedges (see picture). Whisk together oil, syrup and spices and toss with the carrots. Roast in the oven for 10 min, toss, and return to the oven for another 10 min. Set aside.
  4. Whisk together canola oil and all the spices for the lentil and grain salad. When those are done cooking, mix them in one of the pots, stir in the spice mixture and set aside, covered.
  5. Whisk together the ingredients for the tahini dressing. Set aside.
  6. Before serving: fold in spinach and raisins into the lentils and grains. Season to taste.
  7. To serve: start with a bed of lentils and grains and top with carrots, walnuts, pickled red onions (or raw slices) and a drizzle of tahini dressing.

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