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Vegan Comfort Food ~ Lentil & Sweet Potato Salad

So, this dish is pretty legendary amongst our friends. It seems inconspicuous enough at first glance—lentils in a bowl. Big whoop. Until you bite into it. Then universally everyone asks, “Wait, WHAT’S IN THIS?!” Quickly followed by, “Can you give me the recipe?” after going back for thirds. This is quite possibly one of the simplest meals you will ever make, but it is just undeniably delicious. It’s healthy vegan comfort food that settles deep down into your bones and feels like a big warm food hug. The secret is the richness of the roasted sweet potatoes combined with the unexpected creamy tanginess of the lentils cooked in olive oil and apple cider vinegar. I know people who have literally lived off this dish after being introduced to it. And it’s so easy ANYONE can make it. You ready? Here goes…

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS~

  • 2-3 medium-large sweet potatoes
  • 3 cups soaked or pre-cooked lentils (I use 1 bag of Trader Joes pre-cooked lentils)
  • 1 bag of arugula (optional)
  • olive oil
  • unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • everyday seasoning spice blend (I use Trader Joes Everyday Seasoning)
  • salt & pepper to taste

ASSEMBLY~

Preheat oven to 350°. Wash & peel sweet potatoes, then cut into 1” chunks. Toss sweet potato chunks in olive oil and spread onto baking sheet. Place on middle oven rack and cook for 20-30 minutes (until slightly soft), tossing halfway though. Remove sweet potato chunks from oven and set aside.

In a large pan, heat 4 Tbsp olive oil. Toss in lentils and warm through on medium heat. Add sweet potato chunks. Pour 4 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar over the top and combine mixture while continuing to heat through. Top with everyday seasoning blend, salt & pepper to taste. Add additional olive oil or apple cider vinegar to taste.

I traditionally serve this on its own as a hot meal or hot side dish in the winter, but it can also be made as a spring salad. For a salad, let lentils cool, then place them on a bed of arugula. Dress with olive oil, everyday seasoning blend, salt & pepper and you are ready to go!

HAPPY HEALTHY COMFORT FOODING!~ Sirens & Scoundrels

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Words & Recipe by Christina Huntington // Photography by Sarah Prikryl

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