This Roasted Cauliflower Salad from Eating Bird Food is nutritious and filling! It works great as a light lunch or dinner. You get a healthy serving of spinach (one of our favorite superfoods) while the lentil sneaks in some protein and added flavor.
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Roasted Cauliflower Salad
- 1 cup Black or Green Lentils (gluten-free if necessary), uncooked
- 1 head of Cauliflower, cut into 1-2 inch florets
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- ¼ teaspoon ground Cumin
- ¼ teaspoon ground Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
- Pinch of Cayenne
- Sea Salt & Ground Pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons Tahini
- 4 tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 1 teaspoon Maple Syrup
- 10 Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped
- ½ small Red Onion, chopped
- 4 cups loosely packed Spinach
Pre-heat oven to 425°. In a saucepan, combine the lentils with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain well and let cool.
Place cauliflower, oil and spices (cumin, cinnamon, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper) into a large bowl and toss. Spread mixture on a large baking sheet or stone and roast for 20 minutes or until the cauliflower has browned and become tender. Be sure to toss the cauliflower at least once while roasting.
In a bowl, whisk the tahini with the lemon juice, maple syrup, and 2 tablespoons of water until smooth. Add the lentils and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Add roasted cauliflower into the bowl. Then add your dates, red onion and spinach. Toss the salad a bit, plate and serve.
Serves: 4 | Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
Per serving: Calories: 525; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 379mg; Carbohydrate: 93g; Dietary Fiber: 26g; Sugar: 48g; Protein: 20g
Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 1722mg; Vitamin A: 60%: Vitamin C: 182%; Iron: 35%; Calcium: 33%
Brittany Mullins is a health coach, certified NASM personal trainer and author of the blog, Eating Bird Food. Check out her blog or follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for delicious recipes, workouts and tips for living a balanced, healthy life.
Photo courtesy of Brittany Mullins. Original recipe published on Eating Bird Food.