Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potato and Lentil Salad
2 cups dried green lentils
1 small onion, cut in half
2 cloves garlic peeled & left whole
1 large bay leaf
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed, not peeled
2-4 tablespoons (depending on if fresh or dried) finely chopped rosemary
Place lentils, onion halves, garlic cloves, and bay leaf in a pot with cold water to cover. Bring to a boil and then simmer lentils until tender, but not mushy, about 15-20 minutes. Drain and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a large bowl
While lentils are cooking, preheat oven to 375. Cut sweet potatoes into a very small dice or very thin matchstick size. Place them in a bowl and pour over them: One tablespoon of olive oil, 1-2 tablespoons chopped rosemary, salt and pepper to taste. Toss well to coat and spread i an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake for approximateyl 30 minutes, or until the potato pieces are soft on the inside and have developed a nice color.
Remove potatoes from the oven and put directly into the bowl with the lentils. Toss both with remaining tablesppon of olive oil and adjust seasoning to taste. This dish is good hot or at room temperature. Travels very well.