Warm Lentil Salad

Lentils are cheap, easy, high in protein, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly!!! Thi is a great vegan salad to make any time of the year. Lentils can be a bit too bland for some people’s palates, but they’re wonderful at absorbing other flavors. So combined with aromatic vegetables and herbs they’re a revelation.

INGREDIENTS

tablespoons olive oil

1 small leek, chopped

4 thinly sliced green onions

1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces

2 1/2 cups of water

1 1/4 cups green lentils, rinsed (1/2 pound)

kosher salt and smoked paprika

1 small bunch kale,  leaves torn into bite-size pieces (about 3 cups)

DIRECTIONS

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks and green onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 3 to 4 minutes.

Add  sweet potato and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Add the water and lentils and simmer, covered, until the lentils are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Season with ½ teaspoon each salt and smoked paprika.

Remove the pot from heat add kale and cover. After 10 min mix and serve it.

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