Lentil, Roasted Veg and Feta Salad - cozy, comforting and oh so healthy! Protein rich lentils mixed with herby roast veg and creamy, salty feta - YUM! Vegetarian and gluten free | thecookandhim.com

Posted in Recipes on 26.01.2018

Lentil, Roasted Veg and Feta Salad

prep: 20 mins / cook: 25 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 45 mins / quantity: 1 serving Print recipe?

One of the BEST and yet WORST things about being a food blogger is the food.  The sheer volume of food.  The many MANY different types of food.  Sweet.  Or savoury.  Sweet but also savoury.  The successes.  The failures.  Sometimes (but only sometimes) it all gets a bit much and you just want a bowl of something that’s simple.  Using simple, healthy ingredients.

Lentil, Roasted Veg and Feta Salad - cozy, comforting and oh so healthy! Protein rich lentils mixed with herby roast veg and creamy, salty feta - YUM! Vegetarian and gluten free | thecookandhim.com

Ingredients that you KNOW without doing hours of research actually ARE healthy.  Not a healthy alternative or substitution that requires even more hours of research and practice to get a recipe right.  Ingredients that just work together.

Lentil, Roasted Veg and Feta Salad - cozy, comforting and oh so healthy! Protein rich lentils mixed with herby roast veg and creamy, salty feta - YUM! Vegetarian and gluten free | thecookandhim.com

Like salads.  I ❤ salad.  Mostly because I know it’s healthy, but also because a simple salad can be just as tasty and satisfying as a big bowl of something that might have taken hours to perfect or hours to cook.  Or both.  I also ❤ salad because you can chuck practically anything together for some amazing flavour combinations and textures.

Take this Lentil, Roasted Veg and Feta Salad.  Herby roasted vegetables and creamy, salty feta cheese.  Hodmedod’s protein packed very special lentils – you can read why they’re special here.  And I didn’t even mention those things that are the maple glazed walnuts yet.  OH.  MY.  GOSH.  Those walnuts.  I’m literally drooling as I type.  A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I sometimes make something that I end up eating before I’ve actually remembered to take the photos.  Well, I’ve given up trying to get a better photo of these walnuts because I literally CANNOT STOP EATING THEM.  I’m at the point now where I’m hoping there’s some kind of hotline I can call for this addiction.

Lentil, Roasted Veg and Feta Salad - cozy, comforting and oh so healthy! Protein rich lentils mixed with herby roast veg and creamy, salty feta - YUM! Vegetarian and gluten free | thecookandhim.com

Just 3 ingredients – walnuts, maple syrup, Hodmedod’s Camelina Seeds – and literally 5 minutes of your time before you could be enjoying these babies.  Well, add another 2 minutes waiting for the little buggers to cool down because molten lava maple syrup.  I’ve tried them with pecans too, just as good.  As is pecans AND walnuts.  And just as good as when used on this Chocolate Orange Nutty Truffle Tart.  Told you .. addicted.

Lentil, Roasted Veg and Feta Salad - cozy, comforting and oh so healthy! Protein rich lentils mixed with herby roast veg and creamy, salty feta - YUM! Vegetarian and gluten free | thecookandhim.com

As for the salad, I could just sit with a GIANT bowl of it and nom for hours.  It’s filling without bloating.  And it’s so SO tasty and so full of texture.  Particularly if you actually save some of the walnuts to go with it rather than eating them straight out of the pan.

Lentil, Roasted Veg and Feta Salad - cozy, comforting and oh so healthy! Protein rich lentils mixed with herby roast veg and creamy, salty feta - YUM! Vegetarian and gluten free | thecookandhim.com

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Lentil, Roasted Veg and Feta Salad

prep: 20 mins / cook: 25 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 45 mins / quantity: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 carrot - peeled or scrubbed clean and roughly diced
  • 1 red onion - peeled and roughly diced
  • 1 sweet potato - peeled and roughly diced
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only
  • salt and pepper
  • Drizzle of olive oil

Optional

  • pinch dried chilli flakes
  • 1/2 cup Hodmedod's Red Lentils
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tblsp Hodmedod's Camelina Seeds
  • 2-3 good handfuls of salad leaves - we love a mixture of baby salad leaves, rocket, shredded little gem, lamb's lettuce and alfalfa sprouts
  • 50g feta cheese

Dressing

  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tblsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp mustard - whatever your preference - I've used dijon, wholegrain and English and they all work!
  • Optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 Fan / 200 C / 400 F / Gas 6 and line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicon mat
  2. Toss all your prepared veg and thyme leaves with a good pinch each of salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil (and optional dried chilli flakes)
  3. Tip onto your prepared baking sheet and roast in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through
  4. While they're roasting, cook your lentils by putting into a small saucepan and enough cold water to completely cover.  Bring to the boil then simmer for around 15 minutes until soft.  Drain and set aside
  5. For the maple glazed walnuts put the walnuts, maple syrup and camelina seeds into a small frying pan and toss frequently over a medium heat until the outsides of the walnuts begin to caramelise.  Set aside to cool
  6. Whisk together your dressing ingredients (or use a sealed container to shake together!)
  7. To assemble put all your salad leaves into a large bowl, tip on the lentils, cooked vegetables and dressing and toss everything together until well coated in the dressing. 
  8. Put into a serving bowl and scatter over the walnuts.  Enjoy!
Lentil, Roasted Veg and Feta Salad

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