Look, we are trying something different today! We created this tasty salad recipe before we left for Mexico, but instead of taking photos of it, we asked one of our favorite food illustrators, Johanna Kindvall, if she could draw it. Yep, we’re breaking new boundaries here with our first guest illustrator! The drawings of course turned out amazing, and hopefully they entice you to try this salad just like any photo would.
Johanna K is a designer who works with illustrations and architecture. She is based in south Sweden and New York City. On Kokblog she shares her funny, minimalistic and unique food illustrations (or diagrams, as she calls them). If you haven’t already seen her work you should head over to Kokblog or check out her shop!
Green Lentil & Yellow Beet Salad
If you are vegan you can leave out the cheese and replace the honey with maple syrup.
2 lbs (1 kg) yellow or purple beetroots (with top greens if in season, or a large handful fresh spinach)
2 tbsp olive oil, to drizzle
sea salt and black pepper
1,5 cups (400 ml) raw green lentils
1 small onion, very thinly sliced
10 unsulphured dried apricots, coarsely chopped
1 cup (200 g) soft sheep’s cheese, crumbled
1 large handful pea sprouts or sprouts of choice
Sweet Lemon & Poppyseed Dressing
4 tbsp cold-pressed olive oil
1/2 lemon, juice
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp poppyseeds
1 pinch sea salt
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
Scrub and trim the beets (rinse the top greens and set aside). Cut into 1/3 inch (1 cm) slices and place them on a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until tender and edges are slightly crispy.
Meanwhile, cook the lentils: Rinse them in water then place in a sauce pan. Cover with 3 cups cold water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, add a pinch of sea salt and gently simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool.
Start preparing the dressing: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk vigorously with a fork until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Place lentils, beets, onions and dried apricots and coarsely chopped beet greens (or fresh spinach) in a large serving bowl, drizzle with dressing and give it a good stir. Serve with crumbled sheep’s cheese and sprouts on top.
Illustrations by: Johanna Kindvall