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Moroccan Carrot and Lentil Salad

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Moroccan

Description

Whether you serve it as a main dish or a flavorful side, this vegan Moroccan Carrot and Lentil Salad is the perfect year-round recipe. French lentils pair perfectly with spiced, roasted carrots, pistachios and a citrus-y Moroccan salad dressing. 


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Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked French green lentils (1 1/4-1 1/2 cup dry lentils), cooked according to package directions.
  • 6 medium carrots, peeled and sliced on a bias
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, diced finely
  • 2 large cloves minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup unsalted pistachios, chopped
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins or sultana raisins
  • 3 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tbsp parsley, chopped

Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp agave or date syrup
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Rinse and sort lentils, then cook lentils according to package directions. Make sure to add a generous pinch of salt to the cooking liquid. 
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together vinaigrette ingredients.
  4. Wash and peel carrot, then slice on a bias into evenly-sized pieces. Toss with 2 tbsp of the vinaigrette, then add to a sheet pan and roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring once halfway through cook time. 
  5. Head a small sauté pan over medium heat. Add olive oil and diced shallot. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add garlic and raisins and continue cooking for a few more minutes, until softened and fragrant. Remove from heat.
  6. In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked lentils, shallot + garlic + raisin mixture, roasted carrots, pistachios, cilantro, parsley and remaining vinaigrette. Toss until well coated. Enjoy hot or cold! 

Notes

Read the full blog post for helpful tips on cooking lentils!

Keywords: vegan lentil salad

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