Dreaming of warmer days and summer fresh vegetables, I made the next best thing and put together a simple and savory lentil taco salad. Fresh tortillas are topped with tomato seasoned lentils and perfectly grilled chili spiced veggies. Finish with sliced avocado or guacamole, some chopped cilantro or parsley and drizzle of hot sauce and you have yourself a lovely meal. This took me about 25 minutes to put together, including the homemade tortillas I made from scratch! (Which are soooo easy, if you'd like to know how please just email) Here is the recipe, very versatile, full of healthy plant protein and perfect for a quick weeknight meal.
Star Lentil Taco Salad
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes
1 1/2 cups green or brown lentils
3 cups vegetable broth or water
1 cup chopped tomatoes (canned or sun-dried are fine)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp chili powder (or to taste)
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 cup red onion, sliced
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 cup red pepper, sliced
1 cup broccoli, cabbage, or brussels sprouts, sliced
1/2 cup cilantro (or parsley), chopped
1 tsp medium-high heat oil (avocado, canola, grape seed, coconut)
1 avocado, sliced
corn tortillas, 2 per person
Other vegetables to use: carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, zucchini
1. Combine lentils, broth or water, 1/2 tsp salt, tomatoes, turmeric, and black pepper in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer, and let cook for 15 minutes until lentils are soft and liquid is absorbed
2. While cooking lentils, heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add chili powder to oil and stir. Add all veggies, onion through broccoli and saute until lightly browning and softening, about 5-10 minutes. Add cilantro, 1/2 tsp of salt (or more to taste) and 1 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar. Stir and remove from heat.
3. Individually warm tortillas in a pan to soften and gently wrap them in a clean dish towel to keep warm.
4. When lentils are done cooking, stir in 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar (or lemon juice), and add salt if needed. Place a heaping spoonful of them on plate, top with sauteed veggies and sliced avocado. Cut tortillas into triangles (like cutting a pie) and arrange around lentils and veggies. Drizzle with hot sauce if desired and serve!