When we say hello to winter, we usually bid farewell to salads—crisp weather doesn’t pair well with crisp lettuce. But, we don’t have to.
The key to eating salads in winter is making them warming, like this sweet potato and lentil bowl from The Midlife Kitchen: Health-Boosting Recipes for Midlife and Beyond. Not only is it tasty, it’s good for us, too.
Authors, Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice explain, “As you might expect, Beluga lentils are named after the caviar they resemble—we adore them because they’re such a beautiful jet black, and they have a rich flavour and velvety texture that works perfectly in this good-carb bowl. Like all lentils, they’re high in protein and fibre, so they make for a filling meal, particularly when paired with roasted sweet potato, toasted pine nuts and this sweet, dark dressing.”
Don’t say sayonara salads just yet.
1 sweet potato, about 250g, peeled and sliced
1 tsp olive oil
sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
250g pouch ready-cooked Beluga or Puy lentils
1 small red onion, very finely diced
1 tbsp toasted pine nuts
a handful of pomegranate seeds
For the dressing
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp date syrup
+ Tips & Tricks … Use the lentil and sweet potato mix (undressed) as the base for a stunning soup—just add veg stock, heat through and blend.
+ Health Hack… Unlike green lentils, black lentils possess anthocyanins, the same potent antioxidants found in dark berries such as blueberries and blackberries, offering added protection against age-related disease.
Image and recipes extracted from The Midlife Kitchen: Health-Boosting Recipes for Midlife and Beyond by Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice, published by Hachette Australia in hardback ($39.99) and ebook ($19.99). Photography by Issy Crocker.