Red Lentil and Roasted Carrot Spread

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 Comments

  1. Sonali- The Foodie Physician

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

  2. Forget hummus, this recipe looks far more delicious – wonderful job 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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

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

  5. I absolutely must have this!

  6. healthy delicious looking wrap

  7. Healthy and delicious. Love it.

  8. Love the idea of this spread!

  9. Thanks Sonali!

  10. Thank you for stopping by!

  11. Hope you enjoy, and thanks for pinning!

  12. I added this to my collection too!

  13. How can you not win? This looks great!

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