This is a great salad to warm up a cold winter's day. I made this for lunch yesterday and it was so good that I had the left overs for dinner too! Romanesco looks like something from another planet, with all the infinite spirals and perfect geometry it's a beautiful reminder of how incredible nature is. If you've never tried it, it is similar to broccoli but slightly sweeter, and is also a rich source of Vitamin C, which will help keep the winter flu away. I combined this wonderful vegetable with green lentils, which are one of the best sources of protein for vegetarians and vegans alike, sweet potato which is high is Vitamin D, again great for this time of year where the sun rarely comes out, and radishes which have great cleansing properties.
Ingredients (serves 2)
1 head of romanesco 1 sweet potato 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1 cup green lentils 1 red onion 4 cloves of garlic 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder 4 radishes 2 tablespoons olive oil Sea salt & black pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Sift through the lentils making sure there aren't any stones, and rinse a couple of times. Put them in a medium saucepan and cover with 2 1/2 cups water over medium heat and let cook. Chop the romanesco into florets, starting at the stem and working your way up to the top. Cut the sweet potato into approximately 2cm thick rounds. Melt the coconut oil (if solid) in a small saucepan over medium heat, once liquified remove from heat. Place the sweet potato and romanesco on a parchment lined baking sheet and drizzle the coconut oil over them evenly, season with a pinch of sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Pop them in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Once the lentils have come to a boil, mix in the cumin powder, reduce to low heat and let simmer. Meanwhile dice the onion, crush the garlic and let them cook in the same saucepan as the lentils. Slice the radish into very thin rounds. When the vegetables are done cooking remove from the oven and let them cool slightly, do the same with the lentils. Once everything has cooled down and is warm, place the sweet potato rounds on the bottom of a plate or bowl, then add the lentils on top, followed by the romanesco and radish. Then drizzle with olive oil and season with sea salt and black pepper and most importantly, enjoy!