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Spiced Eggplant-Lentil Salad with Mango

6:54 AMJaime Messina

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As you guys know, every Thursday I make a recipe for what I call, "Recipe Thursday". Each Monday I search the internet for clean and interesting Vegan recipes to test out. I then pick two of my favorites and let you all vote which one I will make on my facebook page. I make the winner the following Thursday. 

Spiced Eggplant Lentil Salad with Mango, Indian recipes, summer salad, clean eating, vegan recipes, vegan lunch, eggplant, lentils, lgbt, lesbian, health coach

This Thursday you all chose a goodie!! I found this recipe at Eating Well and made a few tweaks to make it vegan. I really loved this Indian-inspired recipe. It was the perfect about of spice and the mango made it refreshing, perfect for the summertime! 

Ingredients:
  • 4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder, divided 
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons curry powder, divided 
  • 2 medium eggplants, trimmed, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup prepared salsa
  • 1/4 cup agave 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked lentils, or 1 15-ounce can, rinsed
  •  2 bunches scallions, coarsely chopped (save 2 Tablespoons for garnish)
  • 4 cups torn romaine lettuce 
  • 2 large ripe mangos, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cashews 
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 

Directions:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees F. 
  2. Combine 1 Tablespoon oil with 2 teaspoons each chili powder and curry powder in a large bowl.  Add eggplant and toss well. Spread the eggplant on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring once halfway through, until tender, about 15 minutes. 
  3. Thoroughly combine the remaining 3 Tablespoons oil, 1/2 teaspoon each chili powder and curry powder, 1/3 cup lemon juice, salsa, agave, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add roasted eggplant, lentils, and scallions; gently toss to combine. Taste and season with more pepper and lemon juice if desired. 
  4. Serve the salad on a bed of romaine, topped with mango, nuts, cilantro, and remaining 2 Tablespoons scallions.
  5. Enjoy!
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