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Sumac Cauliflower Salad with Lentils

Over the years, I’ve fallen in love with learning about spices. From sourcing to using in recipes, each spice is wholly unique and can easily make a recipe. Sumac is newer to my pantry and only came into my kitchen when I started making my own Za’atar (which is essentially sumac, thyme, and sesame seeds). Sumac adds a beautiful citrus-like component that can easily brighten a recipe. It’s a flavor I love to pair with earthier flavors- I find the combination is unique and a perfect compliment for winter salads.

Sumac Cauliflower Salad with Lentils | Naturally Ella

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This sumac cauliflower salad utilizes the beautiful, citrus-like flavor of sumac paired with the earthier lentils and cauliflower. A perfect lunch salad or light dinner. 

Course:

Main Course

Servings: 2 servings

Calories: 456 kcal

Cauliflower

  • 2
    cups
    cauliflower florest
    1/2 pound
  • 2
    teaspoons
    olive oil
  • 1
    teaspoon
    minced garlic
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    sumac
  • 1/4
    teaspoon
    cumin
  • Pinch of salt

Salad

  • 1/2
    cup
    uncooked black lentils
  • 2-3
    handfuls
    baby lettuce
  • 1/3
    cup
    thinly shaved red onions

Lemon Dressing

  • 3
    tablespoons
    olive oil
  • 2
    tablespoons
    lemon juice
  • 2
    teaspoons
    honey or vegan-friendly sweetener
  • 1/4
    teaspoon
    salt
  • 1/4
    teaspoon
    black pepper
  1. Heat oven to 400˚F. In a roasting pan, combine cauliflower with olive oil, minced garlic, sumac, cumin, and salt. Toss until the cauliflower is well coated. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes until cauliflower is tender and browning. Let cool slightly.

  2. Combine lentils with 1 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until tender. Add more water if needed and/or drain if extra liquid is left. Let cool slightly.

  3. Place ingredients for dressing in a small jar with lid. Shake until well combined.

  4. Assemble the salad with the lettuce, shaved onions, cooked black lentils, and roasted cauliflower. Drizzle dressing over the salad and toss until everything is coated. 

Tips & Tricks: Make sure the lentils and cauliflower are not hot when adding to the salad as they will wilt the lettuce.

Stock up: get the pantry ingredients you will need: lentils, cauliflower, cumin

Sumac Cauliflower

variations

The main component of this salad is the sumac cauliflower. The cauliflower, by itself, makes for a wonderful side dish, topping for a grain bowl, or even a topping for cauliflower soup. Beyond the cauliflower, a few ways to change up the salad include:

Pulses: Instead of lentils, toss small white beans in the salad.

Greens: I love this cauliflower salad as a kale salad. Instead of letting the lentils and cauliflower cool, toss the warm vegetables with the kale to slightly soften the greens.

Cheese: While the base of this salad is vegan, a tangy feta is a nice compliment to the floral sumac. Add ¼ of feta crumbles to the salad before tossing.

Sumac Cauliflower Salad with Lentils and Lemon Dressing | Naturally Ella

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