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Lentil and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
with apples / feta / walnuts

Active: 35 minTotal: 35 min
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This warm entree salad is surprisingly satisfying thanks to the layers of flavors provided by a few favorite cool weather ingredients.
Smarts: Use tart apples to balance the natural sweetness of roasted sweet potatoes.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Lentil and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad:
  • Walnut halves - 1/2 cup
  • Cheese, feta - 3 oz, cubed
  • Apples - 1, sliced (preferably a tart variety like Granny Smith)
  • Lentils, pre-cooked - 1 1/2 cups (look for vacuum-packed or canned green lentils)
  • Baby spinach - 6 oz
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes (ingredients listed separately) - ~3 cups
Roasted Sweet Potatoes (for 2 nights):
  • Sweet potatoes - 3 lbs, peeled and cubed
  • Foil - for roasting
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • Shallots - 1 clove, diced
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Walnuts - If you’d like walnuts for the salad toasted, toast in a dry skillet over medium heat. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Sweet potatoes / Shallots / Cheese - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make vinaigrette - (Double if making Wednesday night’s meal.) Whisk together shallots, vinegar (portion for vinaigrette), mustard, and honey. Add olive oil (portion for vinaigrette) while whisking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Apples - Slice apples.
  5. Lentils - If using canned lentils, drain and rinse.

Make

  1. Heat oven to 450F / 232C.
  2. Spread potatoes out on a sheet pan. Cover tightly with foil and roast for 10 minutes covered. (Watch this video on roasting at high heat for tips.)
  3. Take potatoes out of oven and remove foil. Toss potatoes with olive oil (portion for potatoes) and season with some salt and pepper.
  4. Return potatoes to oven and roast, uncovered, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes more.
  5. If you’d like the lentils warm in the salad, heat them in the microwave for ~1 minute.
  6. When potatoes are finished, set half aside for Tuesday night’s meal.
  7. Assemble salads by tossing spinach with apples, feta, lentils, walnuts, and sweet potatoes. Add vinaigrette until dressed to your liking (reserve half the vinaigrette if doubled). Enjoy!
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Reviews

This meal has 51 reviews

Delicious combination of ingredients I wouldn’t expect to go together, but they do! Wish spinach and apples were chopped smaller to better incorporate ingredients.

By: Michelle
Posted: Jan 12, 2019
Diet: Original

Very good.

By: Florence
Posted: Jan 11, 2019
Diet: Original

Amazing! It has been added to our favorites list!

By: Catherine
Posted: Jan 11, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free

It was ok, the walnuts and apples helped with the salad a lot, and the lentils were good, but just nothing amazing. We would have made more dressing.

By: Chris
Posted: Jan 11, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

Loved it! So tasty! Could make a little more dressing.

By: Laura
Posted: Jan 11, 2019
Diet: Original

It was ok. Salad needed a crunchy element.

By: Rhoda
Posted: Jan 11, 2019
Diet: Original