Lentil Fuel Bowl with Tahini Dressing | Nutrition Stripped recipe
Eat Well Oct. 27. 2020

Lentil Nourish Bowl with Maple Tahini Dressing

Oct. 27. 2020
McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

This lentil nourish bowl is loaded with a variety of vegetables and paired with a tasty maple tahini dressing, perfect for an easy yet nourishing meal.

Tahini the star of this recipe. Not only is it bringing the Flavor Factor, but it’s also bringing a ton of nutritional value!

If you’re not familiar with tahini, it’s a condiment made from toasted, ground, hulled sesame. It has a nutty flavor that makes it great for dressings, smoothies, and desserts!

It’s rich in essential vitamins and minerals like magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin E. It’s also a great source of plant-based protein.


Lentils are some of my favorite plant-based proteins — one cup of lentils contains 18g of protein! They’re versatile, affordable, and delicious.

Tahini is full of protein too containing more than most nuts, which makes you feel fueled and nourished for the rest of the day.

Vitamins & Minerals

This Nourish Bowl is packed with essential vitamins and minerals like B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, folate, copper, phosphorous, iron, and calcium  — just to name a few!

What Makes Up a Foundational Five Nourish Meal

A Foundational Five Nourish Meal contains all five elements of a balanced meal: non-starchy carbohydrates, starchy carbohydrates, healthy fat, protein, and the flavor factor.

Our Foundational Five Nourish Meals can be found as smoothies, yogurts, oatmeal bowls or breakfast bowls, nourish bowls, salads, soups, stews, and many more.

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Here are the following Foundational Five Elements in this recipe:

1 • Non-starchy Carbohydrate

  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers

2 • Starchy or Sugary Carbohydrate

  • Lentils
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Butternut squash or sweet potato

3 • Healthy Fat

  • Tahini dressing
  • Hemp seeds

4 • Protein

  • Lentils

5 • Flavor Factor

  • Parsely

The Recipe

Serves 1-2



1 cup chopped romaine lettuce

2 cups fresh spinach

½ cup chopped cucumber

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

1/2 cup chopped and roasted sweet potato (about 1 medium)

1 cup cooked lentils

For The Dressing

2 tablespoons tahini

2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1/4 cup olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


Step 1

Roast the sweet potato or butternut squash and cook the lentils to package instructions.

To make the dressing, in a large bowl, combine tahini, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and olive oil and whisk until homogenous.

Step 2

Combine the remaining salad ingredients and toss to combine.


Have Leftovers? Here’s What To Do With Them:

As always, store in an airtight glass container that we recommend from the NS Shop for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Salad dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.

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