This French lentil recipe by Ina Garten was my first introduction to cooking lentils. I’ve made it many times since that first delicious occurrence, but with quite a few changes. I find that the dressing adds enough flavor to the lentils that cooking them with a turnip that is discarded is unnecessary. Her quantity made just enough for 4 small meals, but I always wanted a little more and leftovers. I’ve made the lentils with roasted sausages, which could be in place of or with the cauliflower and potatoes. Some toasted bread with olive oil alongside is also quite nice, as would be a green salad.
Dijon Lentils with Roasted Cauliflower and Potatoes
Serves 8 as a side, 6 as a meal.
- ½ cup olive oil, plus 4 tablespoons, divided
- 1 lb cauliflower cut into florets
- 1 lb potatoes, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 3 tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard
- 2 cups green lentils
- 2 cups carrots (about 4 medium)
- 2 cups onion or leeks (1 large onion, or 2 large leeks)
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons smooth Dijon mustard
- 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- fresh ground pepper
Preheat the oven to 425F. Mix the whole grain mustard and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Toss cauliflower and potatoes in mustard olive oil mixture plus salt and pepper. Spread on a baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes.
Pick over the lentils for debris and rinse. Bring a pot with the lentils generously covered in water to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
Heat a large skillet with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the carrots and saute for 5 minutes, until they just start to soften. Add the onion, and saute for another 5 minutes until both are soft. Add the garlic, and saute for a minute or 2 more then turn off the heat.
While the carrot and onion are cooking whisk together the ½ cup of olive oil, Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. In a large bowl mix the sauteed carrot and onion, Dijon dressing, and lentils. Serve with the roasted cauliflower and potatoes on top, with extra vinegar if needed.