sweet potato and lentil salad with a coconut curry dressing

Good Monday morning my sweet peas :). How was everyone’s weekend? Hopefully you got some relaxing in and are ready to tackle this new week!

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As you read this I am actually in Ottawa! I had a couple days off in a row, as did my mom so we decided to take a little trip just the 2 of us. I think we’re planning on hitting up IKEA to see if I can find a couple things for my new apartment come September. I love IKEA so I’m pretty excited. We are also hoping to check out a couple museums and of course, eat some good food!

I’m so happy you all enjoyed my last post on nooch and my raw pizza bites! I hope some of you try them- you’ll have to let me know what you think! If nothing else, everyone should go buy some nutritional yeast if you don’t have some already and give it a try. You won’t regret it.

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Today I’m going to share with you a lovely salad recipe I had in the middle of a major heat wave here. We were experiencing 33°C weather, but with the humidity it felt like 40+. Everyone was feeling slow and sluggish and idea of cooking or eating warm food was just not appealing. I have to admit, I ate/drank mostly smoothies.

You can only drink so many smoothies though, before you start craving something with a little more chew and a savoury flavour. I decided I wanted something with and Indian flavour, but the idea of standing over a hot stove, cooking up a curry with rice was not a pleasant one in the heat. So this Sweet Potato and Lentil Salad with Coconut Curry Dressing was the answer!

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I included some of my favourite ingredients from curries: lentils, sweet potatoes, raisins and cashews all served on a bed of mixed greens. The dressing uses coconut milk to mimic creamy curry sauces. I used a pinch of chilli powder for a bit of heat, but not so much that you find yourself over-heating.

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This salad covers all your bases nutritionally! Protein from the lentils, carbs and lots of vitamins and minerals like beta-carotene and vitamin A from the sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from the coconut milk and cashews. You could also get a ton of greens in depending on how many greens you serve this on top of.

It’s a great way to get all the flavour of a traditional curry without the heaviness and the heat. The sweetness from the sweet potatoes and raisins goes wonderfully with the brightness of the cilantro, the savoury curry spices and the creamy coconut dressing. It’s light enough for a warm summer meal, but still packed full of flavour!

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Sweet Potato and Lentil Salad with a Coconut Curry Dressing (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free)

Serves 2.

Salad:

  • 1/2 cup lentils
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 tsp oil (I used avocado)
  • 1 tsp garam masala (or curry powder)
  • a few handfuls spring mix or your favourite green
  • 2 tbsp golden raisins
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 heaping tbsp chopped cashews

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (canned)
  • 1/2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • pinch chilli powder (to taste)
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped cilantro

First you are going to want to soak your lentils overnight. This makes them easier to digest and they cook faster! Then when you’re ready to make dinner, fill a pot with enough water to steam the lentils for ~20-30 min. Place the lentils in a steaming basket and steam for 20-30 min until soft, but not mushy.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Chop the sweet potato into bite-sized pieces. Toss with the oil and garam masala. Bake for 20 min or until easily pierced with a fork. Set aside when ready. This may make a little more than you need for the salad, depending on the size of your sweet potato. Just save the rest for another salad!

Blend up all the dressing ingredients and set aside.

Now assemble your salad! Place a couple handfuls of greens on each plate. Divide the sweet potato and lentils evenly on both plates. Sprinkle with raisins, cilantro and cashews. Drizzle with the dressing. Serve immediately.

If you have extra dressing store in the fridge. Since the base is coconut milk it will get really thick when chilled. Just add a little warm water when you want to use it again to think it out.

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all served up and ready to go!

Do any of you love IKEA as much as I do? I love all the rooms they have set up and the cute do-dads.

EMMIE LAND Duvet cover and pillowcase(s) IKEAEMMIE LAND Duvet cover and pillowcase(s) IKEA

I’m hoping to find this duvet cover! Thoughts?

What are your go-to foods when it get’s really hot out? For me it’s clearly salads and smoothies. I tend to eat them a lot anyway, but it’s ALL I eat when it’s above 30.

Hope you all have a fantastic Monday and I’ll see you soon!

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48 thoughts on “sweet potato and lentil salad with a coconut curry dressing

  1. LOVE Ikea (and of course this Salad) I am so lucky that the closest IKEA is 3 hours away or else I would be there everyother day and I would literally have no room in my house – we would have to build a special IKEA addition onto our house :)

  2. You had me at “sweet potato” :) And I agree, everyone should go buy some nutritional yeast ASAP, I put it on everything! Love the additions of cilantro and apple cider vinegar! Sounds like a winning combination.

    P.S. That duvet cover is adorable, acquire it at all costs.

  3. Yum! Those pizza bites are such a great idea. I’m always craving something savoury and sweet in the evening so usually opt for kale chips and fruit ice cream but I can’t always be bothered with the kale chips so this is a a great idea for something I can make in advance. I had run out of snack ideas so thank you.
    I also love everything in IKEA. When me and my husband first met we had both furnished our entire houses in Ikea and had a lot of exactly the same furniture so had lots to sell.
    I don’t know what I would eat if it got hot as it never does here :-( but probably exactly the same as you, and more fruit ice cream and fruit ice lollies.

    • Thanks Katherine! They will definitely satisfy your craving for something savoury- the sundried tomatoes and nutritional yeast definitely pack a flavour punch!

      That’s so funny about you guys having the same furniture. I guess great minds think alike eh?

      I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little jealous of it never getting hot where you are! Anything above 25 and I’m miserable. I most comfortable around 5-18C lol.

  4. Sweet potatoes and lentils? And a curry dressing? In salad form? That has my name all over it! Yum!

    Have fun in Ottowa and I hope you find what you need at IKEA! :-)

    • Thanks Anne- I hope you like it!

      Nutritional yeast in pesto is great- it makes such a grea stand in for parmesan, I don’t even know why people still use parmesan at all ;)

      Isn’t IKEA the best? I had a great time and walked away with some fun purchases!

  5. Agreed – salads and smoothies are perfect for the heat! In fact, I was home in Missouri over the weekend where it is so hot and I made smoothies – perfect for the hot, hot weather!

  6. This looks so good! I love the use of coconut milk in a salad dressing. Have fun at IKEA! I must be the only person on the planet who has never been there. We just drove by one the other day and I commented to my husband that I wanted to check it out when we had more time.

  7. What a creative and wonderful idea for a salad! I know exactly what you mean – sometimes you want the curry flavor, but not the heaviness. This sounds perfect!

  8. Hey Gabby , if you get to the market area try the Peace Garden restaurant- vegetarian and vegan food. I LOVE their pad thai. We are getting more and more vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Ottawa which is awesome!!
    Not a big fan of Ikea :( Bed Bath and Beyond and Home Sense kinda person.

    • Thanks for the tip Wendy! I didn’t get a change to check it out, but I’ll certainly keep it in mind. It’s such a shame I got this too late- pad thai is my favourite! Oh well, Ottawa isn’t too far away, I’m sure I’ll be back!

      And everyone is allowed differing opinions on home stores- Bed Bath and Beyond is a great one, I agree :)

  9. LOVE this post! Sweet potatoes are amazing and I never thought to make a salad dressing from coconut milk! What a great idea! I am also loving that quilt cover set – it’s soooo summery and dreamy. And what are Healthy Vegan Fridays?? SPILL, girl, SPILL!! :-) xx

  10. I love Ikea!!! It is such a great store I could spend hours in there! My grad school apartment was furnished solely by Ikea ;) Have a great time with your mom! It’s funny, my mom and I were just talking about taking a little weekend trip too :)

    What a beautiful salad! The potatoes look perfectly cook and it sounds like such a lovely combination of flavors!

    Have fun and I hope you find the duvet cover! It looks so pretty!

    • Haha I could and do spend hours in there! I got some great goods in this last haul, I’ll be sharing them tomorrow :) It was great to get away for the weekend with my mom- sometimes girls just need time alone lol.

      Thanks Sarah! It’s a great way to get the flavour of an Indian dish without it being such a warming meal. I will definitely have to try out a few of my other favourite dishes as salads.

      Success on the duvet cover- I am in love with it!

  11. there is that lovely arugula again!

    i hope you find some great things at IKEA. i am moving (this weekend!) and seriously need some new stuff that is good looking, but i don’t have a ton of money to spend. i have never actually been in an IKEA store, but i hear they are fantastic. can’t wait to go!

    • Haha you are so on the ball with arugula- I hope you have gotten some to satisfy your craving for it!

      I snagged a few awesome items at IKEA including that bed spread! I hope you get to go to one soon! They have a lot of really col stuff that’s decently priced! Plus the showroom layout is so fun :)

  12. we must be living on the same foodie cloud! :) i made a delicious thai inspired salad last week with a dressing of coconut milk, peanut flour, ACV and some extra spices. it looked similar to this one except chickpeas instead of lentils and lots of bean sprouts and mushrooms instead of sweet potato. haha i guess not so similar anymore.. but u get me right? :) i also turned your pizza bites into cracker and dehydrated them for a day. sooo tasty!!!! :)

    • Haha that’s so crazy! I totally get you ;) Your salad sounds amazing- I like the idea of the peanut flour!

      Oooh that’s such a good idea for the crackers! So glad you liked them! I’m going to try making them into crackers soon :)

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