A hearty lentil salad tossed with warm and sweet roasted red peppers in a simple tahini dressing for a simple, packed lunch
This has been my mode lately.... pulling together whatever I have and calling it dinner. Or lunch. A meal. Simple combinations that feel very much like "non-recipe" dishes. Meals that come together even though I didn't start out with a plan. Planning and I, we are just not getting along right now. Instead I'm just opening the refrigerator and tossing random things into a bowl and calling in done.
Sometimes these random combos work really, really well.
This lentil salad with roasted red peppers is just one of those combinations that works, really really well. Prefectly. And this dish just happened. Had it been a different day, under different circumstances, it probably would have happened differently. And ended up something else entirely.
Also lately - I'm addicted to tahini and lemon. I can't get enough. I am drizzling it over everything. Over something warm, and sweet, and filling like this.. this just makes me happy.
And also lately - everything has radish
and green onions...
During these cold dreary months, radish and green onions just may be my favourite salad ingredients. They brighten everything up.
A few notes about this lentil salad with roasted red peppers:
- I used canned lentils, you will need about 3 cups cooked. But proportions are not very important.
- I tossed the vegetables with some of this red pepper jam before roasting. Use red pepper jelly, which is easy enough to find in most supermarkets. Or if you don't have any on hand use a tablespoon of maple syrup. The extra sugar makes the peppers and onions just a bit sweeter, and I think that pairs nicely with the lemon and tahini dressing. The red pepper jam has a some spicy heat that I really, really like.
- No tahini, how about sunflower seed butter? It makes a lovely lemony dressing too
- Don't serve this hot, let the veggies cool off a bit for best flavour. To make a this a meal serve with a chunk of crusty bread or over cooked quinoa or rice.
Here is how you make this lentil salad with roasted red peppers and tahini dressing:
Lentil Salad with Roasted Red Peppers
- 2 15 oz cans green lentils rinsed and drained (about 3 cups, cooked)
- 2 small red onions sliced
- 1 large red pepper sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red pepper jelly
- salt and pepper
- bunch of thinly sliced radishes
- bunch of green onions white and green parts thinly sliced
- fresh parsley
for he tahini dressing:
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablepsoons tahini
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- water to thin as needed
- Preheat oven to 425
- In a large bowl whisk together olive oil and red pepper jelly. Add red onions and red peppers into the red pepper jelly mixture and toss well so that the vegetables are evenly coated. Spread on a parchment lined baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes or until lightly chared and sticky.
- Meanwhile make dressing by combining dressing ingredients. Blend until smooth and creamy using a whisk or a blender. I like this dressing a bit on the thin side so I can drizzle over my salad, so I add water, a couple tablespoons at a time to get the right texture.
- To assemble the salad. Toss together the roasted vegetables with the lentils and about half of the dressing. Gently toss with you hands then place on a serving dish. Sprinkle with fresh parsley, green onions and radishes, then drizzle with remaining dresssing. Serve warm or room temperature.
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