Roasted Beet, Kale and Lentil Salad with Golden Dressing, Avocado, Toasted Almonds and Pepitas
Here's a salad that won't leave you feeling hungry 15 minutes after eating it. It's bursting color, texture, and loads of nutrition. Prep the ingredients ahead of time and you have yourself some mighty fine lunches during the week! While the dressing has nutritional yeast in it, it doesn't taste "cheesy" as it normally does in other recipes but gives it a really nice umami depth of flavor. If you're making this ahead of time, keep the dressing and avocado out until serving so things don't get soggy.
1bunchcurly green kale, de-veined and torn into bite-size pieces
1bunchRedbor Kale, de-veined and torn into bite-size pieces
2roasted beets, chilled & diced(See Notes on roasting)
1 1/2cupsBeluga lentils, cooked(See notes on cooking)
1-2avocados, pitted, peeled and diced
1/4cupsliced almonds, toasted
1/4cuppepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted
For the Dressing:
1/2cupolive or neutral oil(e.g. avocado or oil)
1/4cupsoy sauce (or tamari for GF)
3tbspwhite wine vinegar
2cloves garlic, minced
In a blender, add all of the dressing ingredients and process until smooth.
If you like your kale raw, place it in a large bowl and massage it to soften. Conversely if you like it lightly cooked: In a wok or large skillet over high heat and stirring constantly, dry sauté the kale (in batches if the skillet isn't large enough) adding only 2-3 tbsp of water to prevent the kale from drying out and JUST until it brightens up and wilts a bit (this doesn't take more than a minute or so). Place the kale in a large bowl with the beets and lentils. Toss gently. When you are ready to serve the salad, gently toss in the avocado, almonds and pepitas and drizzle the dressing in to taste (you might not use the whole batch, save the rest in a lidded jar in the fridge.
1) To roast the beets: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Wrap beets in aluminum foil, place on a baking tray and roast until cooked through, about 45-60 minutes depending on the size of the beet. Let the beets cool for about 10 minutes, then peel and dice them.
2) To cook beluga lentils: Cover lentils with water over high medium so they simmer, not boil (boiling will cause them to lose their shape). Cook until tender, about 25 minutes. To get 1 1/2 cups cooked lentils, start with about 1/2 cup dry lentils and 1 cup water (a ratio of 1 part water or soup stock :2 parts lentils). Lentils are great to have cooked on hand for quick meals and bowls, so cooking more than you need for this recipe is recommended.3) The dressing is inspired by the Yeast Dressing I had at @hollyhocklife .