Did you watch the super bowl last night? Were you happy with the outcome? I worked alllllll day Saturday and got home at 1am from my show and basically spent yesterday cooking and eating carbs because those are my two favorite activities when I'm zonked. And then #football happened and now it's Monday and can't the Monday after SB be a national holiday? Let's work on that.
So to get back on track we have this super duper fun salad which I'm obsessed with. There are lentils flavored with Indian spices and a dressing that kind of mimics raita, the yogurt cuke sauce you get in Indian restaurants, and then we have crunchy vegetables and cashew and KALE for the purpose of feeling healthy. Let's do it!
You need lentils (green are my fav), garlic, crushed red pepper, green onion, cucumber, cashews, garam masala, a lemon, olive oil, yogurt, honey, cumin, and kale! This is a baby kale salad blend which I really like, but regular kale is fine if you enjoy the texture, OR duh any kind of salad greens that you like. Make your own choices.
First, let's start the lentils. Mince the garlic, then cook the lentils and the garlic with the garam masala according to the directions until al dente - usually about 5 minutes less than the package states so that the lentils aren't mushy in the salad.
To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a jar, then shake shake shake until a dressing forms. If the dressing is super thick just add a little water to thin it out. Taste the dressing, and add salt and pepper to your preference.
Indian Lentil Salad + Yogurt Vinaigrette
- FOR THE SALAD
- 1 cup green lentils
- 1 tablespoon garam masala
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 2 sliced green onions
- zest of 1 lemon
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 6 cups baby kale or other salad greens
- ½ cup chopped cucumber
- ½ cup chopped cashews
- FOR THE VINAIGRETTE
- 5 ounces plain Greek yogurt
- juice of 1 lemon
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup water
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- Cook the lentils, garlic, and garam masala with water according to package directions to al dente - probably 5 minutes less than the package indicates to avoid the lentils becoming mushy. When the lentils are cooked, combine them with the lemon zest, sliced green onion, cucumber, crushed red pepper. Taste, and add salt to your preference.
- For the dressing, combine all ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Add more water if you need to thin the dressing out. Taste, and add salt and pepper to your preference.
- Assemble the salad by layering greens, lentils, cashews, and the dressing in a bowl. Enjoy!