Roasted Broccoli, Arugula and Lentil Salad
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 2 to 4
- Category: Salad
A very green salad with roasted broccoli, brussels sprouts, arugula, black lentils and a lemony vinaigrette.
- 1 1/2 pounds broccoli
- 3/4 pound brussels sprouts (or more broccoli)
- Olive oil
- 1/2 cup black beluga lentils (or green/Puy lentils), picked through and rinsed
- several handfuls arugula
- 1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- pinch red pepper flakes
- sea salt and ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line your largest rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the broccoli florets into bite-sized pieces. Trim the ends off the sprouts; cut the small sprouts in two through the stem, and the large sprouts into quarters. Toss the florets and sprouts in olive oil so they are lightly coated, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread the florets and sprouts in a single layer on the baking sheet (be sure not to overcrowd). Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, tossing halfway, until the vegetables are crisp-tender and well caramelized on the edges.
- In the meantime, bring 3/4 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the lentils, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the lentils are tender but still retain their shape.
- Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients while the roasted vegetables and lentils cool a bit. In a large serving bowl, combine the roasted vegetables, cooked lentils and arugula. Drizzle with vinaigrette, sprinkle in the Parmesan and toss well. Taste and add more salt, pepper and/or lemon juice if needed. Best served immediately.
Storage suggestions: Salad is best served immediately, but you can store leftovers in the fridge, covered, and brighten them up with another squeeze of lemon when you’re ready to polish them off. For best results, store the dressing separately from the greens until you are ready to serve.
Serves 2 as an entrée or 4 as a side.
Make it dairy free: Simply omit the Parmesan.
Make it vegan: Omit the Parmesan and use maple syrup or agave nectar instead of honey in the salad dressing.