This Black Lentil Kale Broccoli Salad is so satisfying and nutritious! The charred broccoli pesto is super flavorful and out of this world!!! The char of the broccoli adds a beautiful dimension to this salad. The salad recipe only calls for about half of the pesto, so you could cut the pesto recipe in half but I don’t recommend it. The pesto is so good that you will want to use the extra on toasted crostini or French bread.
Lately, I have been on a mission to clear out clothes that no longer serve me or my style. It is actually harder than you might think. Clothes have always been a big deal to me. It goes back to my youth when I was about 14. I remember being embarrassed that I didn’t have all the cool new expensive clothes. Each year for back to school, my mom would buy me basic clothes that consisted of three pairs of pants and a few new tops, while all my friends had all the latest in fashion styles. Unfortunately, we couldn’t afford them.
It was music that saved me. My friends and I had gotten into punk rock, mod, ska, and reggae. It was no longer about expensive clothes but it was all about thrift store and vintage clothes. My mom would give me lunch money and I would spend it on thrift store clothes. I could get a whole bag of clothes for super cheap. My friend Maggie and I wore the same size, so we would each fill up two hefty trash bags full of clothes and swap them with each other every two weeks or so. We were into being as funky as we could and we never wore the same outfits twice. It was a way to express my creativity and boy did I have fun with it. Believe it or not, I still have some of those old thrift store clothes. Nowadays, I wear maybe twenty percent of my wardrobe.
My current approach to clearing out my old clothes is to divide my closet into two sections. One section contains the clothes I wear all the time and the other section contains the clothes I can’t seem to part with but will probably never wear again. I have actually gone into the section that I don’t normally wear and have started to wear some of my old clothes again and I have also been able to part with some as well. Another thing that has made it easier for me to let go is to give clothes to friends that I know will love them. My friend Alison is in a bluegrass band called “Sugar by The Pound” and she dresses so cutely in mostly vintage clothes. I have some great vintage clothes that I think she will love. Is it as hard for you to let go of clothes you are no longer wearing as it is for me?
A hearty dish that is great served warm or cold.
- 1 Cup Dried Black Lentils
- 1 Vegetable Bouillon Cube
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- Filtered Water
- 1 Head Kale – ribbed – thinly sliced
- 2 Tablespoons Champagne Vinegar
- 3 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1/2 Cup Radish – thinly sliced
- 1/2 Cup Red Cabbage – minced
- 3 Cup (6 cups raw) Charred Broccoli
- 1 Cup Charred Broccoli Pesto – recipe below
- Filtered Water – thin out pesto if desired
- 2 Large Heads Broccoli – 8 Cups – roughly chopped – (charring the broccoli literally halves in size)
3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
Charred Broccoli Pesto
- 1 Cup Charred Broccoli
- 1/2 Cup Raw Walnuts
- 3/4 Cup Pecorino Cheese
- 1/2 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon + 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice – fresh squeezed
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt – or to taste
Sort lentils to make sure there are no rocks then rinse and drain.
Add the lentils and bouillon then cover with 2 inches of water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil then reduce to medium-low and simmer.
Cook until just tender approx. 20 – 25 minutes, you don’t want them too soft or they will be mushy so check them at 15 minutes.
While the lentils are cooking, start the broccoli.
Blend until desired texture. Pour into a bowl and stir in the vinegar and oil.
In a large bowl, add lentils and stir in the vinegar, 2 tablespoons of oil, salt, and pepper. In a large bowl, massage 1 tablespoon oil into the kale and then add to the lentils. Mix well. Sprinkle the veggie on top and serve the pesto on the side. It can be served warm or cold.
Note * I tend to like the pesto with just a touch of water to thin it out. This salad is great with a light vinaigrette in place of the pesto as well!
Lentils have extremely high levels of soluble fiber and a good amount of insoluble fiber. They have cholesterol-lowering fiber which helps stabilize blood sugar levels giving you a steady stream of energy. A half-cup provides about a third of the daily requirements. Not only is the fiber good for your heart, the amount of folate and magnesium is very beneficial for cardiovascular health. Lentils provide a steady stream of glucose to your brain. Glucose is a sugar and a key source of energy for the cells in the body and it is the only fuel your brain can use. The high fiber regulates the release of the glucose, providing a steady stream of fuel that powers your brain cells and is a key component in keeping your brain healthy. Lentils are loaded with an impressive amount of blood-fortifying iron and when paired with food containing vitamin C, the iron is enhanced, which in turn increase your energy. They are truly a nutritional fountain of youth. Lentils originated in Southwestern Asia along the Indus River have been eaten for over 8000 years.