Crispy Lentil Cakes
with Romesco & Spicy Cauliflower Salad
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- ½ cup red lentils, rinsed and sorted
- 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
- 1 cauliflower head, cut into florets and thinly sliced
- 1 tsp za'atar seasoning
- 2 oz shishito peppers
- 1/4 cup vegan mayo
- 1/4 cup romesco sauce
- 2.5 oz Forager Project® Organic Dairy-free Cashewmilk Yogurt
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ¼ cup garbanzo bean flour
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp harissa paste
- Salt and pepper*
- 2 tbsp +1 tsp olive oil*
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil*
- *Not included
- For full ingredient list, see Nutrition.
- ~This recipe has a spicy ingredient! For low-heat, use spicy ingredients as instructed. For no-heat, omit them entirely.~
Preheat oven to 450°F. Add lentils and ½ cup hot water to a medium bowl and soak lentils for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine sherry vinegar, 1 tbsp olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper and whisk. TIP: To “sort” (as indicated in the ingredient list) means to look for and discard any naturally occurring debris or stones.
Add cauliflower, 1 tsp olive oil, za’atar seasoning, and a pinch of salt and pepper to one half of a baking sheet and toss. Add shishito peppers, 1 tbsp olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper to the other half of the baking sheet and toss. Roast until cauliflower is golden brown and peppers are blackened in spots, 15 to 20 minutes.
Add mayo and romesco sauce to a small bowl, stir to combine, and set aside. Add soaked lentils and soaking liquid, yogurt, just 1 tsp baking powder, garbanzo bean flour, cumin, ¾ tsp salt, and a pinch of pepper to a food processor. Blend until batter is smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. TIP: Keep remaining baking powder for your own use.
Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Using a ¼-cup measuring cup, add batter to the skillet and cook cakes, 3 to 4 at a time, until browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
Add roasted cauliflower to the sherry vinaigrette and toss. Divide romesco aioli between plates. Top with crispy lentil cakes, cauliflower, and a dollop of harissa. Divide the peppers between the plates. Enjoy!