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sweet potato and lentil salad with a coconut curry dressing

Posted Jul 23 2012 6:00am

Good Monday morning my sweet peas :). How was everyone’s weekend? Hopefully you got some relaxing in and are ready to tackle this new week!

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As you read this I am actually in Ottawa! I had a couple days off in a row, as did my mom so we decided to take a little trip just the 2 of us. I think we’re planning on hitting up IKEA to see if I can find a couple things for my new apartment come September. I love IKEA so I’m pretty excited. We are also hoping to check out a couple museums and of course, eat some good food!

I’m so happy you all enjoyed my last post on nooch and my raw pizza bites ! I hope some of you try them- you’ll have to let me know what you think! If nothing else, everyone should go buy some nutritional yeast if you don’t have some already and give it a try. You won’t regret it.

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Today I’m going to share with you a lovely salad recipe I had in the middle of a major heat wave here. We were experiencing 33°C weather, but with the humidity it felt like 40+. Everyone was feeling slow and sluggish and idea of cooking or eating warm food was just not appealing. I have to admit, I ate/drank mostly smoothies.

You can only drink so many smoothies though, before you start craving something with a little more chew and a savoury flavour. I decided I wanted something with and Indian flavour, but the idea of standing over a hot stove, cooking up a curry with rice was not a pleasant one in the heat. So this Sweet Potato and Lentil Salad with Coconut Curry Dressing was the answer!

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I included some of my favourite ingredients from curries: lentils, sweet potatoes, raisins and cashews all served on a bed of mixed greens. The dressing uses coconut milk to mimic creamy curry sauces. I used a pinch of chilli powder for a bit of heat, but not so much that you find yourself over-heating.

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This salad covers all your bases nutritionally! Protein from the lentils, carbs and lots of vitamins and minerals like beta-carotene and vitamin A from the sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from the coconut milk and cashews. You could also get a ton of greens in depending on how many greens you serve this on top of.

It’s a great way to get all the flavour of a traditional curry without the heaviness and the heat. The sweetness from the sweet potatoes and raisins goes wonderfully with the brightness of the cilantro, the savoury curry spices and the creamy coconut dressing. It’s light enough for a warm summer meal, but still packed full of flavour!

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Sweet Potato and Lentil Salad with a Coconut Curry Dressing (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free)

Serves 2.

Salad:

  • 1/2 cup lentils
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 tsp oil (I used avocado)
  • 1 tsp garam masala (or curry powder)
  • a few handfuls spring mix or your favourite green
  • 2 tbsp golden raisins
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 heaping tbsp chopped cashews

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (canned)
  • 1/2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • pinch chilli powder (to taste)
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped cilantro

First you are going to want to soak your lentils overnight. This makes them easier to digest and they cook faster! Then when you’re ready to make dinner, fill a pot with enough water to steam the lentils for ~20-30 min. Place the lentils in a steaming basket and steam for 20-30 min until soft, but not mushy.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Chop the sweet potato into bite-sized pieces. Toss with the oil and garam masala. Bake for 20 min or until easily pierced with a fork. Set aside when ready. This may make a little more than you need for the salad, depending on the size of your sweet potato. Just save the rest for another salad!

Blend up all the dressing ingredients and set aside.

Now assemble your salad! Place a couple handfuls of greens on each plate. Divide the sweet potato and lentils evenly on both plates. Sprinkle with raisins, cilantro and cashews. Drizzle with the dressing. Serve immediately.

If you have extra dressing store in the fridge. Since the base is coconut milk it will get really thick when chilled. Just add a little warm water when you want to use it again to think it out.

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all served up and ready to go!

Do any of you love IKEA as much as I do? I love all the rooms they have set up and the cute do-dads.

EMMIE LAND Duvet cover and pillowcase(s) IKEAEMMIE LAND Duvet cover and pillowcase(s) IKEA

I’m hoping to find this duvet cover! Thoughts?

What are your go-to foods when it get’s really hot out? For me it’s clearly salads and smoothies. I tend to eat them a lot anyway, but it’s ALL I eat when it’s above 30.

Hope you all have a fantastic Monday and I’ll see you soon!


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