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Hearty root vegetables and lentils make this warm salad from Sakara Life the perfect vegetarian main dish. It’s paired with a pleasantly sweet and tangy coconut yogurt tzatziki that is packed with healthy fats. Slideshow: More Lentil Recipes 

Whitney Tingle
Danielle DuBoise
February 2017


Credit: © Michael Turek

Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 15 mins
4 to 6




Instructions Checklist
  • Make the lentils In a large saucepan, cover the lentils with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until just tender, 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, add a generous pinch of salt and let stand for 5 minutes; drain. Spread the lentils on a rimmed baking sheet and let cool slightly.

  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the carrots and parsnips with the cumin, coriander, chile powder and 1/4 cup of the olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper. Roast the vegetables until tender and browned in spots, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • In a large bowl, toss the lentils with the warm roasted vegetables, the lemon juice and the remaining 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Fold in the chopped mint and cilantro and season the salad with salt and pepper. Transfer to a platter and garnish with mint and cilantro leaves.

  • Make the tzatziki In a small bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together and season with salt and pepper. Serve alongside the warm lentil salad.


Coconut milk yogurt is dairy-free and can be found in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores.