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

Active: 35 minTotal: 35 min

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

Did the prep on Sunday so it really only took the time for heating up the oven and roasting the sweet potatoes. I never thought about putting roasted sweet potatoes on a salad before, but now I'm hooked (good thing, the only sweet potatoes on sale were ENORMOUS so I have lots of leftovers)

By: Julie
Posted: Jan 09, 2019
Diet: Original

Solid salad, great vinegarette, .hubs didn’t love the steak marinade on its own but combined with salad good. But loved loved the potatoes that he marinated in bag with olive oil before roasting.

By: Jessie
Posted: Jan 09, 2019
Diet: Paleo

Amazing! I didn't cover the sweet potatoes at all during baking. I just put them a roasting pan in the hot oven for 20 minutes.

By: Becca
Posted: Jan 09, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free

Steak was excellent!

By: Erin
Posted: Jan 09, 2019
Diet: Paleo

Delicious! We did the steak in the soups vide and made extra dressing. Can’t say enough good things about this salad!

By: Elise
Posted: Jan 09, 2019
Diet: Paleo

I loved it. Husband tolerated lentils. Win in my book.

By: Juliana
Posted: Jan 08, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian