- 35g cashews
- 500g carrots
- 1 red pepper
- 1 red onion
- ½ tsp turmeric
- 1 lemon
- 2 Medjool dates
- 400g tin of green lentils
- 2 garlic cloves
- A pinch or two of chilli flakes
- A handful of mint
- A handful of flat leaf parsley
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 2 tbsp water
If you want to get ahead, soak the cashews in a bowl of cold water overnight. This isn't essential, but it does make a slightly creamier dressing.
Heat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Put a large roasting tin on the top shelf of your oven to heat up.
Peel the carrots. Halve or quarter them lengthwise, depending on how big they are. Cut the pepper into 2cm-thick strips, discarding seeds and stem. Halve, peel and cut the onion into 2cm slices. Toss everything in a bowl with 2 tsp olive oil. Season well with salt and pepper.
Tumble the veg into the hot roasting tin. Shake the tin to even everything out in one layer. Roast on the top shelf for 30 mins or till everything is golden around the edges.
If you've soaked the cashews overnight, drain them. If not, pop the cashews in a pan with just enough water to cover. Simmer for 5 mins. Drain.
Tip the cashews into a food processor or blender (see our tip, below, if you have neither). Add ½ tsp turmeric with a pinch of salt. Finely grate in the zest from the lemon. Squeeze in the juice from one half. Add 2 tbsp water and 2 dates, squeezing out the stones. Blend to a smooth paste. The dressing should be thick and smooth, so if it's too thick, trickle in a little cold water till it seems right to you. Taste the dressing and add more salt, pepper or another squeeze of lemon juice if you think it needs it.
Once the veg is cooked, drain the lentils and rinse well. Peel and chop the garlic. Add the lentils, garlic and a pinch or 2 of chilli flakes to the roasting tin. Pop back in the oven for 5 mins to warm through.
Roughly chop both the mint and parsley, leaves and stalks. Fold them through the warm lentil and roast veg salad. Serve with spoonfuls of the zingy cashew dressing.