Red Lentil and Roasted Carrot Spread

This is a favorite dip/spread/soup that you can use in multiple ways.  As a dip it is great served warm, with pretzels or pita chips, and as a spread it makes a wonderful wrap with lettuce, cilantro, and avocado.  Thin it with a little yogurt and warm it up, and you have an elegant soup.  So many options…

Another wonderful variation is to spread this out on a microwave-safe plate, sprinkle feta cheese over the top, and heat for a couple of minutes to warm through.  Fantastic with some olives and warm flat bread for dipping.

The roasted carrots and onions give this a sweet edge that balances well with the warm, mineral flavor of the lentils.  Adjust the salt and the hot pepper flakes to your own tastes, of course.

Red Lentil and Roasted Carrot Dip or Spread
2 large carrots, trimmed and cut into chunks (about 2 cups)
1/2 white onion, chopped into large chunks (about a cup)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 1/2 cups cooked red lentils, well drained
juice of one lemon (3-4 tablespoons)
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/4-1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper (or crushed red pepper flakes)
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Toss the carrot and onion chunks with the olive oil and salt, and spread out on a small baking sheet.  Roast at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until they are tender and golden brown.

Scrape the carrot/onion mixture (including any residual oil) into your food processor, and add the remaining ingredients.  Pulse until the mixture is fairly smooth, with small flecks of carrot still visible.  Taste and adjust the salt and hot pepper, as desired.  Serve warm or chilled, and use as a dip or sandwich spread.  Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

Thanks for reading,

-Angela

 

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13 Responses to Red Lentil and Roasted Carrot Spread

  1. Sonali- The Foodie Physician March 12, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    This looks healthy and delicious! I've never used lentils as a dip or sandwich spread- so creative. You get my vote!

  2. Choc Chip Uru March 12, 2012 at 5:33 am #

    Forget hummus, this recipe looks far more delicious – wonderful job :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Tracy March 12, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    Looks delicious and healthy! It's pinned & on my to-try list!

  4. Jersey Girl Cooks March 12, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    Love how you put the dip in a wrap. It would be my perfect lunch.

  5. Shawn March 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    I absolutely must have this!

  6. Torviewtoronto March 14, 2012 at 1:31 am #

    healthy delicious looking wrap

  7. Baker Street March 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Healthy and delicious. Love it.

  8. marla March 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Love the idea of this spread!

  9. Angela March 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Thanks Sonali!

  10. Angela March 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Thank you for stopping by!

  11. Angela March 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Hope you enjoy, and thanks for pinning!

  12. Denise Heikinen March 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    I added this to my collection too!

  13. Karen Harris March 22, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    How can you not win? This looks great!

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