Masala Lentil Salad with Cumin Roasted Carrots

June 11, 2018

Appetizers and Sides

By: Jasmine Briones 

A healthy, filling and flavor-packed meal that is perfect for lunch or dinner and is great to take on the go. Filled with tender cumin roasted carrots, lentils, a garam masala-infused vinaigrette, mint, greens and more! #garammasala #greens #lentils #proteinpacked #veganprotein #easyvegan #onthego #lunch #bentobox #underanhour #foolproof #weeknight #leftovers

A healthy, filling and flavor-packed meal that is perfect for lunch or dinner and is great to take on the go. Filled with tender cumin roasted carrots, lentils, a garam masala-infused vinaigrette, mint, greens and more!

We are excited to share this recipe with you today from Power Plates, the brand new cookbook by Gena Hamshaw of The Full Helping. PLUS we are doing a giveaway, so make sure you don’t miss out that below 😉

A healthy, filling and flavor-packed meal that is perfect for lunch or dinner and is great to take on the go. Filled with tender cumin roasted carrots, lentils, a garam masala-infused vinaigrette, mint, greens and more! #garammasala #greens #lentils #proteinpacked #veganprotein #easyvegan #onthego #lunch #bentobox #underanhour #foolproof #weeknight #leftoversOne of my favorite things about blogging has been being able to connect with and gain inspiration from others who share the same passion as I do. Gena was one of the first blogs I ever followed (back when her blog was still called Choosing Raw) and her blog was actually part of what helped me get started here on Sweet Simple Vegan. I am so flattered that she reached out to us to share about her brand new book and I can’t wait for you to try this recipe.

The book is filled with 100 nutritionally balanced, one-dish vegan meals that are focused on delivering sustained energy and nourishment. I honestly spent a good hour just browsing through her book when I first got it and I have so many recipes bookmarked to try in the future!

A healthy, filling and flavor-packed meal that is perfect for lunch or dinner and is great to take on the go. Filled with tender cumin roasted carrots, lentils, a garam masala-infused vinaigrette, mint, greens and more! #garammasala #greens #lentils #proteinpacked #veganprotein #easyvegan #onthego #lunch #bentobox #underanhour #foolproof #weeknight #leftovers

(Giveaway Closed) PS: We are giving away a free copy of Power Plates 🙂 All you need to do is leave a comment down below letting us know you want to enter + why you want this book!

This giveaway will run from today (June 11) until this Friday, June 15. This giveaway is opened to US residents Only.

A healthy, filling and flavor-packed meal that is perfect for lunch or dinner and is great to take on the go. Filled with tender cumin roasted carrots, lentils, a garam masala-infused vinaigrette, mint, greens and more! #garammasala #greens #lentils #proteinpacked #veganprotein #easyvegan #onthego #lunch #bentobox #underanhour #foolproof #weeknight #leftovers

We were impressed by how flavor-packed this recipe was for the amount of work that we needed to put into it. Everything was ready in less than an hour and we had leftovers that were good for our lunch the next day, too–score!

We opted for steamed curly kale instead of the greens that were recommended for this because these are our favorite and we had a ton in the garden, but everything else we kept just as the book suggested.

A healthy, filling and flavor-packed meal that is perfect for lunch or dinner and is great to take on the go. Filled with tender cumin roasted carrots, lentils, a garam masala-infused vinaigrette, mint, greens and more! #garammasala #greens #lentils #proteinpacked #veganprotein #easyvegan #onthego #lunch #bentobox #underanhour #foolproof #weeknight #leftoversIf you make this recipe, make sure you tag us on Instagram @sweetsimplevegan and @consciouschris so that we don’t miss it, we love seeing your photos! Also, make sure to show Gena some love over on her page @thefullhelping 🙂

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A healthy, filling and flavor-packed meal that is perfect for lunch or dinner and is great to take on the go. Filled with tender cumin roasted carrots, lentils, a garam masala-infused vinaigrette, mint, greens and more! #garammasala #greens #lentils #proteinpacked #veganprotein #easyvegan #onthego #lunch #bentobox #underanhour #foolproof #weeknight #leftovers

Masala Lentil Salad with Cumin Roasted Carrots


  • Author: Gena Hamshaw of the Full Helping Blog
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings

Description

A healthy, filling and flavor-packed meal that is perfect for lunch or dinner and is great to take on the go. Filled with tender cumin roasted carrots, lentils, a garam masala-infused vinaigrette, mint, greens and more!


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs. (680 g) carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 2 tablespoons neutral vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, as desired
  • 1 cup (200 g) dried beluga or French green lentils, or 2 (15 oz, or 425g) cans lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups (60 g) firmly packed baby arugula, mizuna, or baby kale*
  • 1/3 cup (13 g) chopped fresh mint leaves

Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed or finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon minced or finely grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Optional toppings:

  • Pomegranate molasses, toasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or pine nuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Put the carrots in a large bowl and drizzle them with the oil and maple syrup, sprinkle with the cumin and toss until evenly coated.
  2. Transfer the carrots to the lined baking sheet, spreading them in a single layer (you may need a second baking sheet) and season generously with coarse salt and pepper. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the carrots are fork tender and browning. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the lentils. If you’re using canned lentils, you can skip this step. Add the lentils to a medium pot and cover them with 3-4 inches of water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to simmer until tender. Drain and rinse under cold running water, and then allow them to drain completely.
  4. Mix the carrots and lentils in a large bowl and allow them to cool for 10 minutes. Mix in the red onion, greens, and mint.
  5. To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl or measuring cup and whisk until evenly combined.
  6. Pour the dressing over the salad as desired and top it with additional toppings of choice.

Notes

  • We opted for curly kale as it is what we had on hand. We also steamed it before serving to make it more palatable.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Entree, Salad, Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: Entree, Salad, Lunch, Dinner, Carrots, Lentils

Nutrition facts label provided by Nutri Fox.

Reprinted with permission from Power Plates, copyright © 2018 by Gena Hamshaw. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

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  1. Lauren says:

    I’d love to win this book,this looks delicious and I’m always looking for new recipes to feed my family!

  2. Dani says:

    I want to win the cookbook so my boyfriend and I can host and cook for our non vegan friends and show them some great vegan food!

  3. Ariella Benaim says:

    I’m entering because I absolutely love u and Chris and her so much! You’re all such an inspiration and have influenced me in so many ways to make healthier decisions in life. I’m no longer restrictive and have learnt to become a lot more free because of YOU. I hope that winning a copy of this book will inspire me to make even better, healthier and nourishing choices with my food and enjoy my life to the fullest. Lots of love x

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  5. Hannah Coffey says:

    I would LOVE to win this cookbook so that I can start incorporating more simple, whole food meals into my everyday life!

  6. Michelle says:

    This recipe looks amazing and the book also! I love one dish meals, especially to take to parties!

  7. Michelle says:

    This recipe looks amazing and the book also! I love one dish meals, especially to take to parties!

  8. Heather says:

    Hello! I became a vegan not too long ago, and I’ve been really enjoying finding new recipes and trying new foods! I would love this book, so I can continue to try new things and experience new foods and recipes!

  9. Lily says:

    I want to enter please. I would love the book because I’m just going vegan and love the idea of one dish meals.

  10. Jamie Karas says:

    This looks like a great dish! I’ve been a vegan for 2 years now and I’m always looking for new meal ideas. I would love to be entered in the giveaway.

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    I have been vegan for only a few months and have been having a great time making new dishes. I would love to have a copy so I can keep creating!!

  13. Amanda says:

    I would love to enter the contest because 1, this recipe looks delicious and 2, I am always looking for healthy and sustaining meals to get me through the at. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Caro Buck says:

    I would love to enter the give away! This dish looks delicious, and I can only imagine the rest of the recipes in the book are just as good! I also found Gena’s blog recently and really like her perspective ?

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  16. Valeria Graves says:

    This cookbook looks amazing and I’ve been eying it since it came out! I would love to win it! Also I can’t wait to try this recipe!!!!!!! Yum! I love kale and lentils!

  17. Bridgette says:

    I am brand new to plant based eating. I am in my second week of eating no animal products and I am struggling to come up with tasty meals or knowing what to eat and what foods pair well together. I would love the opportunity to have a cook book with so many delicious vegan recipes in it! I feel like I spend so much time that I don’t have looking up recipes and as a full time teacher, part time therapist, and a graduate student, the more time I can save the better!

  18. Brooke says:

    I would love to win this cookbook! I have recently begun exploring veganism with my boyfriend who is vegan. This book woukd help us cook creative and delicious meals together!!

  19. Hannah Vera Ralph says:

    Ooooooh that looks amazing! I definitely would like to enter to win Power Plates because, similarly, I’ve also been following Gena since she was formerly known as Choosing Raw. In fact, she was one of the first vegan bloggers I ever discovered. Crossing my fingers!!!
    Also, side note – I’ve been making your date sweetened banana bread almost every week now for about 1.5 months. Some weeks I keep the proportions but switch up the ingredients slightly with sweet potato/banana or carrot/banana, so good. 🙂

  20. Hannah Ralph says:

    Ooooooh that looks amazing! I definitely would like to enter to win Power Plates because, similarly, I’ve also been following Gena since she was formerly known as Choosing Raw. In fact, she was one of the first vegan bloggers I ever discovered. Crossing my fingers!!!
    Also, side note – I’ve been making your date sweetened banana bread almost every week now for about 1.5 months. Some weeks I keep the proportions but switch up the ingredients slightly with sweet potato/banana or carrot/banana, so good. 🙂

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    I want this cookbook because I want new ideas for bowls that are delicious and different.

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    I’d love to win this cookbook! I’ve been wanting to buy it for a while cus I absolutely love her cooking style… all her food looks so comforting and delicious and I think it would really appeal to my non vegan husband as well :)?

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    Please enter me for the drawing for this amazing cookbook. I am always looking for easy to make recipes, especially one pot meals that I can prepare and take for lunch to work for a few days.

    Love your blog and IG. Keep up the great work!

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    Hello! I’m entering the giveaway because you can never have too many yummy vegan recipes! I’m celebrating my 1 year vegan anniversary next month and I’m still learning new things about this lifestayle every day. A new, awesome recipe book will help me continue this amazing journey!

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    This looks amazing and I would LOVE to win this book. We are currently in the process of trying to simplify our vegan diet with more wholesome meals and I think this book would be perfect!

  28. I want to enter the giveaway because I have had some health issues over the past couple of years. I’ve tried everything you could think of EXCEPT a plant based diet change. I’ve been trying to make more meals plant based but have totally run out of ideas. This would help me so much!

  29. Johanna Woodbury says:

    I love lentils, and I would love to win this book! I have Gina’s other book! I love what she does!

  30. Johanna Woodbury says:

    Gena

  31. Gabby Tyner says:

    I would love a copy of power plates! I went vegan seven months ago and it was the best decision of my life! I need more recipes so I don’t get bored of the same stuff every day. I’m also from Portland and I’m so excited you are living there now and showing us all the cool vegan spots??

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    I would like to enter! I’m vegetarian right now, but I’m trying to find more vegan recipes that are flavorful and delicious, which is why I want this book. ?

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    I would love to be entered in this giveaway! We checked this book out at the library and keep renewing it. It is one I plan to add to my library, as we have some definite favorites (sweet potato bowls and Thai noodle bowls).

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    I want to enter in the giveaway! I would love the cookbook Power Plates because my family is starting to transition to a vegan lifestyle. Working, going to school, and being a mom of a 2 year old is crazy, so being able to have recipes for one-pot vegan meals would be so helpful on our families journey to a healthier life!

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    I have been following The Full Helping for quite a while. Her first vegan cookbook is terrific. I have gotten her new one from the library,, but would like to own it.
    My husband and I have been teetering on becoming vegan. Much of our food is, some is not. He recently listened to a pod cast that has caused him to teeter even more. This cookbook would be a valuable resource.

  38. Kelsey G says:

    My bowls only ever have a grain, a bean, and a veggie. Clearly I need help

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    Thank you
    Safura (Jax Vegan Couple)

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    This is such a great recipe to meal prep and take to school/work. I would love to enter the giveaway; thank you for this opportunity! Keep spreading veganism in a positive way 🙂

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    Yes, I want to enter! I just LOVE plant based cookbooks and this one looks great. I am always looking for new and different ways to cook up–or eat raw–all of the plants that are available to us.

  46. Katrina says:

    This dish looks delicious! I would love to have this cookbook so I can make a bigger variety of dishes for my family that are healthy. We are desperately trying to be more WFPB and cut out the junk. Vegan junk food is just so good and my recipes are so limited! Thank you for this opportunity.

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    I want this cookbook because this looks delicious. I love Gena’s recipes because not only are they vegan and delicious but also healthy!

  50. Lora says:

    Too bad I didn’t see this when I was racking my brain for dinner ideas. I have all the ingredients, except I have lots of baby spinach. That would work, I think. Thanks for the chance. That lentil salad looks sooo good and I imagine that the rest of the book is just as good.

  51. Katie says:

    I would love to enter the contest. I would like to win the book to spice up my lunches!

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    I would love to win this cookbook because my husband was recently diagnosed with diabetes and I’m always looking for healthy vegan meals to serve him. Thank you for the chance.

  55. Lana says:

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    Would love to have this book to keep improving my vegan culinary skills!

  58. Claire says:

    What a beautiful dish! I’m trying to focus on a wholefood diet I think this book would be a great inspiration??

  59. Cathy says:

    Grateful to be learning from you. Rhank you for your generosity!

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  64. Jean Smith says:

    Would love to have this cookbook as I am just beginning my vegan journey!

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  66. lexis says:

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  68. Diane Kratz says:

    The recipe sounds amazing, as does the cookbook. I am grateful to have the chance to win a copy. Thank you for your hard work in creating these recipes.

  69. Debora says:

    That looks so delicious! And a full book of recipes like that?! I want it!

  70. Stacy says:

    I want to win because I need some fresh ideas for easy meals, especially to bring for lunch. I am a retail manager and often work 12+ hour days, I don’t want to spend hours cooking and then cleaning up!

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