Super simple roasted carrot and puy lentil autumn salad

I love this simple roasted carrot and puy lentil autumn salad because it’s so quick and easy to throw together.

Roasted carrot and puy lentil salad. The perfect healthy autumn lunch - simple packed lunch recipe. Vegan, gluten-free.

An autumn salad?

Autumn can be such a confusing season – it’s hot one minute and cold the next (in the UK at least!). In September and October I find it difficult to know what to take to university /work for lunch. For example,  if I take something warming like soup then it is inevitably a sunny day and then I don’t fancy it, but if I take something cold then the weather is cold and I end up going out to buy a baked potato rather than eat my packed lunch! Can you relate?

I made this salad to try and get round the problem of what to eat in the unpredictable autumn weather. I find that this simple salad is good because the cucumber is refreshing, but the roasted carrots and puy lentils are more comforting for your tummy. If you have access to a microwave you could even take the carrots and lentils in a separate tub and heat them up before putting them on the salad. Also, I will admit there are cold days when my tummy doesn’t feel like eating lettuce leaves so I have just picked off all the toppings and enjoyed them for lunch!

The anatomy of a salad

When I make a salad I try to get a mixture of different coloured fruit and vegetables to give me different vitamins and minerals. I also try to use a carbohydrate rich vegetable (such as carrots in this case – you can substitute it for sweet potato, butternut squash or beetroot), a source of fats (such as avocado, nuts/seeds or olive oil) and protein (from lentils in this case). I find it makes the salad more enjoyable to eat and also keeps me full for a good few hours. Using fresh vegetables and lentils also means that your salad is high in fibre to help with good digestive functioning

See here for my favourite satay salad recipe.

Budda Bowl with roasted carrot, lentils and avocado rose.

It’s okay if your salad bowl looks a mess!

I tried to make the salad look pretty with an avocado rose, but it tastes best if you smash up the avocado and mix it into the salad! Also, I eat more lentils than are shown in the photo – I just put a handful on to make the photo look nice so that people will share it on pinterest!!

Click here for a video of how to make your own avocado rose.

Roasted carrot and puy lentil salad. The perfect healthy autumn lunch - simple packed lunch recipe. Vegan, gluten-free.

 

ROASTED CARROT AND LENTIL AUTUMN SALAD BOWL RECIPE

Ingredients
Serves 1
4 of your 5-a-day

  • 1 large roasted (organic) carrot*
  • ½ small avocado
  • ½ – ¾ cup pre-cooked puy lentils
  • 1/3 large (organic) cucumber
  • 2 large handfuls of (organic) mixed leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dressing: juice of ½ lemon + 1 tbsp olive oil + fresh coriander

*I like to roast a batch of carrots and store them in the fridge to throw onto salads or eat as a snack. Simply peel the carrots, cut them into batons and roast for 15-20 minutes at 180°c. Also, I usually buy organic ones because they are almost as cheap as regular ones.

Method

  1. Wash the salad leaves and place them in a bowl.
  2. Chop up the veggies and add them to your salad along with the lentils.
  3. Dress with salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil or balsamic vinegar
  4. That’s it!! It’s so easy!

 

What are your favourite salad ingredients?

11 Comments

  1. September 27, 2017 / 5:41 am

    I would never think of making a salad in Autumn but this looks lovely. I really like roasted carrots and like that these can be warmed up to put on the leaves

  2. September 27, 2017 / 9:01 am

    I am starting a healthy eating diet and this looks delicious. I love salad at any time of year

  3. September 27, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    That sounds really yummy for this time of year, I love puy lentils.

  4. September 27, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    this sounds delicious – I am trying to make more of an effort to eat more protein so looking for different ways to get lentils and the such into my diet

  5. simplysensationalfood
    September 29, 2017 / 7:06 am

    This salad looks so pleasing to the eye as its colourful and healthy too with the lentils and all the veg in it.

  6. September 29, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    LOVE roasted carrot! This is super easy and yes, a great transitional salad for autumn.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

  7. September 29, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    I love roasted carrot and I love Puy Lentils but they aren’t always easy to get round where I am…this looks super yummy x

  8. September 29, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    This salad looks delicious, perfect for the Summer/Autumn transition x

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