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I have a fairly simple equation to my salad making that I follow most of the time. It is typically along the lines of greens + vegetable + legumes+ nuts/seeds. That’s it, that forms the base for salads. From there I’ll switch flavors, dressings, and add cheese. This particular tomato salad is no different. I like kale salads during the summer because the heat makes most other greens bitter. Roasted tomatoes are eaten every day, the za’atar is technically the seed portion, and black lentils are one of my favorite salad add-ins. The black lentils hold up well when cooked and also add a beautiful color to the overall dish.
This is the second recipe in my series with nuts.com about a hard to find ingredient: black lentils. As I mentioned in my last recipe, black lentils are a bit hit and miss at stores but a necessity for me to have on hand for salads, tacos, and stews. Luckily, they sourced the perfect ingredient so that it’s easy to find and order!
Za’atar Roasted Tomato Salad with Black Lentils
This summer salad uses hardy kale tossed with easy burst tomatoes, za'atar, and black lentils for a nutritious addition.
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon za’atar
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 medium shallot, minced
- 1/2 cup uncooked black lentils
- Salt, to taste
- 1 bunch, 8 oz, kale
- Pinch of salt
- 1 ounce crumbled feta
- 1 recipe for Lemon Vinaigrette
- Preheat oven to 400˚F. Halve the cherry tomatoes and toss with olive oil. Roast until the tomatoes are starting to wilt and lightly brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the tomatoes from the oven, stir in the za’atar, and return to the oven for 5 minutes.
- Heat a medium pot over medium-low heat. Add the 2 teaspoons olive oil then the shallot. Cook until the shallot is tender, 4 to 5 minutes Stir in the lentils and cover with 1 ¼ cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the lentils are tender and the water is mostly absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes. Stir in a pinch of salt, leave covered, and let sit for 5 minutes.
- While the tomatoes and lentils cook, remove the stems from the kale. Roughly chop the kale and place in a bowl. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and massage the salt into the kale. Let the kale sit until ready to assemble the salad.
- Assemble the salad with the massaged kale, roasted tomatoes, lentils, and feta. Drizzle with a bit lemon vinaigrette and toss until combined and salad is coated, adding a bit more dressing as needed. Serve with an extra sprinkle of za’atar if desired.
Tips & Tricks: This salad can be made in advance. Roast the tomatoes and make the lentils up to 24 hours before assembling the salad.
Nutrition: see the information.
Roasted Tomato Salad
I love za’atar in salads because it’s such a lovely mixture of earthiness and floral. Plus, it works so well with many different types of vegetables! A few of my favorite swaps for this salad:
Greens: Swap out the greens. I know kale as a salad base isn’t for everyone so use your favorite greens. I’ve also turned this into a grain bowl by cooking the kale and mix it with the tomatoes/lentils before topping cooked grains.
Roasted Vegetables: Use what you have! For the summer: zucchini, sweet corn, eggplant. Fall/winter: roasted squash or root vegetables. Spring: asparagus!
Vegan: Ditch the cheese or you can make a tofu ‘feta’.
If I could only keep one type of lentil on hand, it would be black lentils. They cook up quick and can be used in everything from stews to salads. Plus, the soak in all the good flavors while they cook. These lentils are also my favorite taco filling, so it’s a must that I always keep them on hand!
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