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Beet, Lentil and Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Dressing, topped with maple walnuts and crumbled goat cheese. 

Beet, Lentil and Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: salad
  • Method: tossed
  • Cuisine: salad
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Beet, Basil, Lentil and Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Dressing, topped with maple walnuts and crumbled goat cheese. This salad is easiest made in stages. Cook lentils and beets ahead and make the dressing. Then simply toss everything before serving.


Ingredients

Pomegranate Dressing

Glazed Walnuts

 Salad:

  • 57 ounces baby spinach (or sub arugula)
  • 1 cup cooked lentils (black caviar lentils are nice here)
  • 1 1/22 cups cooked beets (peeled and cut into wedges) about 3 medium beets
  • 1/4 cup basil ribbons
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/21 cup crumbled goat cheese, more for garnish

Instructions

Do ahead: Cook the lentils and beets. The fastest way is to cook lentils in ample boiling water, like you would pasta. Boil the beets (covered) cutting them in half if larger than a tennis ball (or feel free to roast). Peel and dice or slice.

Make the Pomegranate Vinaigrette: 

In a small pot, heat pomegranate juice and shallots and bring to a simmer over medium-low or low heat. Simmer until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 10-15 minutes. Take care to simmer gently as boiling will cause bitterness. (Aim for bubbling around the edges of the pot, rather than throughout.)

Once the pomegranate juice has been reduced, add to small bowl, and whisk in olive oil, vinegar, orange zest maple, salt and pepper. Add a pinch of allspice if you like.

Store in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to 7 days, shaking extra well before using.

Make the Maple Glazed Walnuts:  Preheat oven to 35oF

Toss walnuts with maple syrup and a pinch of allspice and salt, and place on a parchment-lined sheet pan in the oven for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through. When golden, remove from oven, fluff with a fork, and let cool completely. The syrup will harden and become crackly and the nuts will break apart easily.

Assemble the salad: 

In a large bowl, add spinach, cooked lentils, beets, basil and pomegranate seeds. Toss with some of the dressing (start with half) then add more as needed to coat all the ingredients generously and evenly. Taste, adjust salt and vinegar if needed.

Toss in the goat cheese and walnuts and serve!


Notes

Salad is easiest made in stages- cook lentils and beets ahead and refrigerate, make dressing and walnuts ahead.

Keywords: beet lentil salad, lentil beet goat cheese salad, lentil beet salad, beet walnut goat cheese salad, lentil spinach salad, lentil walnut salad,

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