Roast Beet & Lentil Salad with Spiced Yogurt

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Preparation Time 25 minutes Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 Cost Per Serving $2.69
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6Medium Beets (gold or red)
1 cupRed Lentils
1/4 cupHazelnuts, toasted & roughly chopped
1 cupPlain Yogurt
1 cupMixed Fresh Herbs (mint/parsley/basil etc.), roughly chopped
1 tbspHarissa Paste (optional)
1 1/2 tbspOlive Oil
1/2 tspSea Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Wash beets well, but leave the skins on. Dress with a tsp of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Wrap in foil and bake for about 40 minutes. Cook until tender. Cool and peel.
  3. Add lentils and 3 cups of water to a pot. Bring to a bowl, reduce to a simmer and cook 6 minutes. Strain and run with cold water to cool.
  4. Add to a large bowl and season to taste.
  5. Mix the yogurt with harissa paste, juice of half a lemon and lemon zest.
  6. Quarter your cooked beets, add to lentils. Top with seasoned yogurt.
  7. Dress herbs with remaining lemon juice and olive oil. Add to salad. Top with toasted hazelnuts.


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