Baby Black Lentil Salad with Seasonal Cauliflower, Asparagus, Grilled Beets & Heirloom Tomatoes

Ingredients

4 c organic baby black lentils, cooked
½ head seasonal purple cauliflower, trimmed
½ head seasonal orange cauliflower, trimmed
2 bunches of scallions, fine chop (both white and green parts)
2 bunches fresh organic asparagus, trimmed
1 ½  pint baby heirloom tomatoes halved
1 ½ c roasted baby beets, small dice
1 cup diced yellow pepper
Few handfuls of lambs lettuce and baby kale

Vinaigrette
¼ c balsamic vinegar
¾ c extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 minced clove garlic
Wisk all ingredients together

Serves about 4.

Directions

Boil lentils until al dente then allow to cool.

Peel cauliflowers and line a bamboo steamer with parchment paper (or use regular steamer) and spread out evenly. Line second layer of the steamer with parchment paper and spread asparagus.  Place a few inches of water in a wok, turn up heat and place steamer so it sits comfortably inside wok.  Allow vegetables to steam only a few minutes until al dente.  Remove from heat.

In a large bowl combine lentils, cauliflowers, asparagus and yellow peppers.  Mix well.  Place mixed green over a flat platter then spoon lentil mixture over greens.  Season with salt and pepper.  Garnish with scallions and roasted beets and drizzle with vinaigrette.

Tips:

Be careful to not overcook lentils or steamed vegetables.

Feel free to substitute greens with mixed greens / baby spinach / or escarole or any combination.

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