Kale Salad with Roasted Vegetables, Lentils and Tahini Dressing

Kale Salad with Roasted Vegetables, Lentils and Tahini Dressing

This is a fantastic-tasting kale salad influenced by Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Together kale is tossed together with French green lentils, roasted winter vegetables and a tahini sauce. A hearty, flavorful vegan salad that also double ups a delicious leftovers. Use organic vegetables when possible. Serves 4 as a main, or 8 as a side.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Category Mediterranean
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 235 kcal
Autor Elle


For the roasted vegetables:

  • 2 small parsnips, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise twice, then halved in the middle
  • ½ head cauliflower, or whole one, if small, cut into florets
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled, cut in half lengthwise and then slice into half-moons
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • generous pinch whole cumin seeds

For the salad:

  • 3/4 cup dry French green Le Puy lentils (150 g)
  • 1 bunch kale, hard stems removed and chopped (about 6 handfuls)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • seeds from 1/2 a pomegranate, to garnish
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds lightly toasted
  • 1 teaspoon black cumin (Nigella), lightly toasted

For the dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons well-stirred tahini
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup cold water, or as needed
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F /220°C and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place the parsnip, carrots and sweet potato on one baking sheet, and the cauliflower on the second baking sheet. Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add a generous pinch of cumin seeds to the cauliflower. Roast for 30-35 minutes, flipping the vegetables over with a spatula and switching the position of the trays halfway through.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the lentils according to package instructions, in 3 times the amount of water for 30 minutes. When done, remove from heat and drain if needed. Set aside to cool.

    TIP: I recommend tasting the lentils after about 20-25 minutes to see if they are the consistency you prefer — I like them firm (al dente).

  4. Place the kale leaves, olive oil, and salt in a large serving bowl and massage for 2 minutes, until well coated. Add the cooked lentils and toss to combine.
  5. To prepare the dressing by adding tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and cumin to a small mixing bowl and whisking to combine. Season with a little salt and pepper, then add water and whisk together. If needed add 1/2 tablespoon more at a time, until it reaches a pourable consistency.
  6. When the vegetables are done, let them cool slightly. Add them to the kale bowl. Drizzle some of the dressing over top and garnish with pomegranate seeds and a sprinkle of sesame seeds and black cumin.
  7. Serve the remaining tahini dressing on the side, along with extra pomegranate seeds. Enjoy at room temperature.
  8. This salad keeps for several days and makes great leftovers.