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Black Lentil, Roasted Cauliflower, Kohlrabi & Apple Salad

Serves 2 as a main (or 4 as a side)

Salad :
1 small cauliflower, about 2 cups chopped
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
120 grams black lentils (2/3 cup)
2 bay leaves
1/2 bunch cavolo nero (lacinato kale), washed and torn by hand or cut into ribbons (about 2 cups)
1/2 medium-sized kohlrabi
1 small apple, or 1/2 of a larger one
20 grams mint (3/4 ounce, or roughly 3/4 cup, loosely packed)
20 grams parsley (3/4 ounce, or roughly 3/4 cup, loosely packed)
1 lemon, zested and juiced
75 milliliters olive oil (1/3 cup)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Herb sauce :
20 grams fresh cilantro/coriander (3/4 ounce, or roughly 3/4 cup, loosely packed)
20 grams flat-leaf parsley (3/4 ounce, or roughly 3/4 cup, loosely packed)
1 clove garlic
1/2 lemon, juiced
150 milliliters olive oil (2/3 cup)
Salt, to taste

Preheat your oven to 200° C (400° F) and cut the cauliflower into florets, peeling and slicing the stems as well. Place on a roasting tray and coat with the melted coconut oil, a sprinkle of salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until nicely browned.

While the cauliflower is roasting, prepare the rest of your ingredients. Boil the lentils with the bay leaves in plenty of water. [Editor's note: Make sure they are covered by 2 inches of water.] Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until the lentils are tender but still have a bite. Drain, remove bay leaves, dress with a little olive oil, and set aside.

While the lentils are cooking, cut or tear the kale into bite-size pieces. I find with very fresh, young cavolo nero that the leaves and stems are quite tender, so use the stems if you'd like. Massage the kale with a drizzle of olive oil and squeeze of lemon. Thinly slice the kohlrabi. If you have a mandolin, use this to make nice thin slices. Do the same with your apple and dress both with lemon juice. Add to the kale along with the lentils, cauliflower, and remaining ingredients and taste for seasoning.

To make the green sauce, simply blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender. Taste for seasoning.

Serve the salad with the herb sauce drizzled over or coat the plate with a spoonful for a pretty finish.

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