Honey Roast Fennel & Lentil Salad Recipe | Abel & Cole
Honey Roast Fennel & Lentil Salad
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Total: 30 mins
A midwinter salad of honey roast veg fragrantly flecked with thyme and tossed with nutty green lentils, peppery rocket and a refreshing drizzle of zesty orange dressing.
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333 kcal
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Ingredients you'll need
  • 2 fennel bulbs
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 shallots
  • A handful of thyme, leaves only
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 400g tin of green lentils
  • 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 50g rocket
From your kitchen
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
You'll need
  • Roasting tin
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Heat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Trim the fennel bulbs, reserving any soft, feathery fronds for later. Halve the bulbs then cut them into 1cm-thick slices. Scrub the carrots (no need to peel them) and slice them into batons as big as your little finger. Peel and quarter the shallots.

  • 2.

    Scatter the chopped veg into a large roasting tin. Pick the thyme leaves and scatter them over the veg, along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour over 1 tbsp olive oil and toss together to coat. Slide the tin into the oven and roast for 20 mins, turning the veg halfway through.

  • 3.

    Meanwhile, peel and finely slice the garlic. Drain and rinse the lentils. Set both aside.

  • 4.

    Grate the zest from the orange and slide it into a small bowl. Squeeze in 1 tbsp orange juice. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and 1 tbsp olive oil and whisk (you can use a fork) into a dressing. Taste and add more salt, pepper or orange juice if you think it needs it.

  • 5.

    When the veg have roasted for 20 mins, add the garlic and lentils to the tin and stir to mix, then drizzle over 1 tbsp honey. Stir to coat, then return to the oven and roast for 5 mins to warm through.

  • 6.

    Take the veg out of the oven and pour over the orange dressing. Stir, add the rocket to the tin and toss a few times to mix. Divide the salad between 2 warm plates, garnish with any reserved fennel fronds and serve.