Eggplant and lentil salad with sumac tahini dressing.

Eggplant and lentil salad with sumac tahini dressing

This Middle Eastern inspired eggplant and lentil salad is packed with protein and iron, and given a boost with a creamy tahini dressing.
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Course: Salads and dressings
Cuisine: Gluten free, Vegan
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 2
Calories: 487kcal
Author: Quite Good Food

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1/2 cup French green lentils
  • 1 bay leaf, optional
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

For the eggplant:

  • 1 eggplant
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil

For the dressing:

  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed or finely grated (optional)
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

For the salad:

  • Preheat oven to 200C (390F), fan bake.
  • To cook lentils, add them to a saucepan with plenty of water and one bay leaf (don't worry if you don't have any, but if you do that's awesome).
  • Bring to a low boil and cook for approximately 20 minutes, or until cooked but still with some resistance and holding their shape (you'll have to taste a few to check). I start checking from 15 minutes, and if they're still too firm or chalky, give them another 4-5 minutes at a time before checking again.
  • Once cooked, drain in a sieve and run briefly under cold water. Leave for 5-10 minutes to drain well and continue cooling.
  • Discard the bay leaf.
  • Combine lentils, 1 tsp olive oil, red onion, mint leaves and cranberries in a mixing bowl. Add a good grind of salt and pepper to season.

For the eggplant:

  • While the lentils are cooking, put the eggplant in the oven to roast. I like it cut into long wedges (cut in half lengthways, then quarters, then cut each quarter in half again). You can cut it however you choose though. Brush with olive oil and season well.
  • After 10-15 minutes, turn the eggplant pieces and brush with a little more oil. Roast for another 10-15 minutes or until soft, and darkly golden brown in places.

For the dressing:

  • Mix all dressing ingredients in a small dish or glass jar. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.

To serve:

  • Serve lentil salad and roasted eggplant with dressing on the side to pour as you like it.

Nutrition information

Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 51.2g | Protein: 18.3g | Fat: 25.6g | Saturated Fat: 3.7g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Fiber: 26.7g
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