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Black Lentil Salad with Roasted Radishes

roasted radish salad with black lentils, dressing on white marble.

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Black lentil salad using roasted radishes and a creamy yogurt dressing is the perfect side dish or main for a lighter spring meal. Roasted radishes add new texture and flavor to your typical raw version!

Ingredients

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2 bunches red radishes, trimmed and halved; (Save the leaves and see Notes 1 and 2)

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1-2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (about 2 sprigs), or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 clove fresh garlic minced)

Salt and pepper to taste

Beluga Lentils:

1 cup dried black lentils (such as beluga), rinsed and drained (see Notes 3)

3 cups water or vegetable broth

1 bay leaf

Yogurt Dressing:

1/2 cup plain yogurt, low-fat or whole milk

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped

Juice of one lemon (about 2-3 tablespoons)

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Set aside a parchment-lined baking pan.

Combine the radishes with the oil, thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Transfer the radishes to the baking pan and place cut side down (red radish color facing up). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browning.

While the radishes cook, combine the lentils, water (or broth), and bay leaf in a medium pot. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the lentils are softened (should still be tender to the bite). Drain, remove the bay leaf, and set aside.

While the radishes and lentils are cooking, prepare the yogurt dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, garlic, chives, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Once the radishes and lentils are ready, plate the lentils and top with radishes. Drizzle the yogurt dressing on top.

Notes

  1. For a prettier dish, keep just parts of the radish stem attached.
  2. Save the radish greens for a fun pesto or saute with garlic and olive oil!
  3. While rinsing and draining the lentils, look for any small rocks or pebbles!
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