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Lovely puy lentil salad with pesto dressing

This salad tastes wonderful. Divine. Everyone loves it.  It is also rather ugly.  I’m sure you could perk it up with a nice dressing swirl and a good garnish, however, I didn’t do this and consequently I don’t really want to upload a photo of it!


2 cups puy lentils/ french green lentils, cooked until just soft (not mush!)

1 handful sundried tomato pieces

1/8 pumpkin, cubed and roasted in smoked paprika, oil, hing and salt

a couple of big handfuls of baby spinach

sliced black olives- 1/4 cup

green olives 1/4 cup

1/4 tspn hing

1/2 tspn salt or to taste

Pesto dressing.

The key here is smoked paprika! Nom.

1 cup toasted sunflower seeds

2 bunches coriander, leaves and all

1 bunch parsley, stems and all

1/3 cup oil

1/3 cup nutritional yeast

1 cup water

1/3 cup red capsicum, chopped

juice of 1 big lemon

1 Tspn smoked paprika

1/4 cup tahini

salt (1 tspn)

hing (1/2 tspn)

Blend it all up in a food processor til nice and smooth ;)

And then…

I don’t think I have to blog how to make a salad somehow… Anyway, if anyone makes this and it looks vaguely attractive, send me a photo! 😀


About Madhava.Sangini

Hi, I'm Madhava Sangini. I'm a cook, a naturopath, a Mum, a musician and I practice Bhakti Yoga. I live in rural New Zealand with my husband and 1 year old son. I blog about Vegan/vegetarian cooking, healthy living, conscious parenting, music making, homemaking.... My interests are diverse and this blog is also quite diverse.

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