A fresh and satisfying Indian Spinach Salad with black lentils, and roasted cauliflower tossed in a Tempered Seed Dressing. A delicious healthy salad with amazing flavor, depth and crunchy texture.
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This Indian Spinach Salad is bright and refreshing while also hitting my deep craving for wholesome and delicious. So flavorful with lots of texture and substance. The Tempered Seed Dressing is the key. So good!!! The caramelized shallots are the base creating more of a chutney consistency than a liquid dressing.
Full of toasty good flavor and crunch from tempering whole spices- cumin, coriander and mustard seeds. The black lentils give an earthy boost of protein taking the salad to entree status but also perfect to pair with your favorite Indian dish and warm naan.
The Indian Spinach Salad starts with a few simple ingredients.
Roast the Cauliflower
Cut cauliflower and radishes into bite-size pieces. Sprinkle with oil, salt and pepper. Roast in preheated oven at 450F for 15 minutes.
Make the tempered seed dressing
Cut shallots, grate ginger and measure out seeds.
Start with sautéing the shallots. Add in fresh ginger and salt. Push to the side of the pan. Temper the seeds in oil until they are toasted.
Mix shallot and seeds together adding tamarind paste and seasonings.
Assemble the Indian Spinach Salad
Spoon the Tempered Seed Dressing on top of the greens. It is ok if it is still slightly warm wilting the spinach a bit. I find it best just a touch warmer than room temperature. Layer lentils, roasted cauliflower, and radishes, top with toasted pistachio nuts. Serve immediately.
Delicious pairings to serve with Indian Spinach Salad:
- Grilled Naan Bread with Indian Garlic Scape Chutney
- Indian Butter Chicken (vegan adaptable!)
- Lamb Meatballs with Indian Curry Sauce
- Indian Shepherds Pie
- Vegan Lentil Meatballs with Coconut Curry Sauce
Hope this gives you some fun cooking inspiration! Let us know what you think.
A fresh and flavorful Indian Spinach Salad with black lentils, roasted cauliflower and roasted radishes. Caramelized shallots and a Tempered Seed Dressing give the salad amazing flavor, depth and crunchy texture. (Serves 2 as an entree salad or 4 as a side salad.)
- 2 cups cauliflower, broken or cut into bite-sized florets
- 1 bunch radishes, about 5 or 6, cut into quarters
- 3 tablespoons Avocado oil- divided
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 shallots, average-sized, cut in thin slices
- 1/2– 1 teaspoon grated ginger (depending on your love of ginger)
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste!)
- 1 teaspoon tamarind paste (or sub more lime to taste)
- 5 oz baby spinach, about 4–5 cups
- 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
- a squeeze of 1/2 a lime
- 1/2 cup cooked black lentils, room temp (or sub chickpeas or brown lentils) see notes
- garnish with 1/4 cup pistachios (optional)
- Heat oven to 450 F degrees. On a sheet pan drizzle a couple of teaspoons of avocado oil over radishes and cauliflower. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Slice shallot in strips, put in a sauté pan with 2 tablespoons of avocado oil, saute 5-8 minutes on medium heat until soft and lightly caramelized. Mix in fresh ginger and salt sautéing for another 30 seconds. Push mixture over to one side of the pan, add a tablespoon of avocado oil, when it just begins to shimmer add coriander, cumin and mustard seeds. Stir constantly for about 3 minutes until they start to brown just a bit. Remove from heat.
- Mix seeds and shallots with black pepper, cayenne and tamarind paste. Set aside.
- In your serving bowl, toss together spinach and cilantro with a teaspoon of avocado oil, a few shakes of salt and pepper and a squeeze of about half of a lime.
- Spoon the caramelized shallot dressing on top of the greens. It is ok if it is still slightly warm wilting the spinach a bit. I find it best just a touch warmer then room temperature. Layer on lentils, roasted cauliflower and radishes, top with toasted pistachios.
- Serve immediately.
To cook lentils; cover with water or broth in a saucepan adding salt to taste. (about a 1/4 cup dry will yield a healthy 1/2 cup). Simmer 20-25 minutes until tender but not mushy. Drain.
If you are going for an entree salad you can double the lentil amount. Serves 2 this way.
- Serving Size: 1 ½ cups
Keywords: spinach salad, tempered seed dressing, Indian salad, Indian spinach salad, wilted spinach salad