Add Some Substance to Your January Detox With This Lentil Salad

The following post was originally featured on Hummusapien and written by Alexis Joseph, MS, RD, LD, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

During the month of January you’re not allowed to have cookies or cake or pizza or chips or gluten or pasta or fun. You heard me. There is no fun to be had throughout the month of January. Zero. Zip. Zilch.

I kid! While everyone else is guzzling green juicy juice, I’m over here noshing on piece after piece of cinnamon raisin Ezekiel toast slathered with almond butter and bananas wondering how in the hell anyone could give up bread and maintain their sanity. I would be so mean!!

You need not rid yourself of anything with texture in order to detoxify your organs. I swear you’re not gonna fall over and die if you accidentally eat a chocolate chip and then accidentally eat three handfuls more. Oops.

This salad is the bomb diggity because it’s not a bunch of raw veggies pretending to like each other when actually they can barely stand being in the same room together, let alone the same salad. Of the four signature salads I created for Alchemy, this one really has my heart. It’s a meal in a bowl without being soup, which I’ve had plenty of this season. Lately I feel like everything I eat is liquid.

Smoothies. Soup. Soupy curry. Give this woman some texture would you?!

Since every detox salad absolutely must involve kale (it’s written in the detox constitution), this recipe is no exception. It has just enough kale to qualify as “detox-y,” but it’s not a kale salad. It’s a sweet tater salad. The best kind of salad.

I used za’atar spice in this recipe, which is a blend of sumac, sesame seeds, and Mediterranean spices. I love the unique flavor it gives this salad, but feel free to leave it out if you can’t find it at the store. I like to douse it this salad Frank’s Hot Sauce because I douse everything in Frank’s Hot Sauce. No exception here. Let’s just say this salad makes healthy eating a piece of cake. You know . . . a piece of gluten-free cake made with almond meal and free of refined sugar.

Sweet Potato, Lentil, and Kale Detox Salad

From Hummusapien

Sweet Potato, Lentil, and Kale Detox Salad

Sweet Potato, Lentil, and Kale Salad Recipe


For the salad:1 1/2 cups brown lentils3 cups water4 cups chopped sweet potatoes1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil1/2 head kale, very finely chopped1/2 red onion, chopped1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

For the dressing:2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil2 teaspoons pure maple syrup1 tablespoons za’atarJuice of half an orange1 teaspoon saltFreshly ground black pepper, to taste