North African black lentil pitas with tangy carrot-cranberry salad

In order to bring you the best organic produce, some ingredients may differ from those depicted.

North African black lentil pitas with tangy carrot-cranberry salad

Vegetarian, Spicy, Mediterranean, Soy-Free

2 Servings, 710 Calories/Serving

20 Minutes

In this vegetarian meal, lentils carry the mild heat and wonderful fragrance of harissa, a North African spice blend featuring dried red peppers, coriander, and cumin.

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1 bag serves 2 (2 bags serve 4)
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  • 1 organic red onion
  • Sun Basket quick-pickle brine (apple cider vinegar - honey)
  • 1 cup cooked black lentils
  • 1 teaspoon harissa powder
  • 5 ounces organic shredded carrots
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • Sun Basket garlic yogurt (Greek yogurt - garlic)
  • 4 or 5 sprigs organic fresh mint
  • 2 Atoria's Family Bakery whole wheat pita breads

Nutrition per serving

Calories: 710, Protein: 24g (48% DV), Fiber: 21g (84% DV), Total Fat: 29g (45% DV), Monounsaturated Fat: 0g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 4.5g (23% DV), Cholesterol: 5mg (2% DV), Sodium: 510mg (21% DV), Carbohydrates: 88g (29% DV), Total Sugars: 28g, Added Sugars: 17g (34% DV).
Contains: Milk, Wheat

Sodium does not include pantry salt; for reference, ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt per serving averages 240mg (10% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat. Packed in a facility that handles all major food allergens* and gluten. *Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soybeans.

Instructions

2-serving instructions (4-serving modifications in red)

Wash produce before use

1

Pickle the onion

  • Peel the onion and thinly slice half; finely chop the remaining half and set aside for the lentils. [Peel both onions. Thinly slice 1 onion; finely chop the remaining onion.] 

In a small sauce pot, bring the quick-pickle brine and 2 tablespoons [¼ cup] water to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the thinly sliced onion, and season with salt and pepper. Cover and let stand, stirring occasionally, while you prepare the rest of the meal. 

2

Cook the lentils

  • Rinse the lentils.

In a medium sauce pot over medium heat, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the chopped onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the harissa powder, season with salt and pepper, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the lentils and cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm. While the onion and lentils are cooking, start preparing the remaining ingredients.

3

Make the carrot-cranberry salad; finish the yogurt

In a medium bowl, stir together the carrots, cranberries, and 2 teaspoons [4 tsp] oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

In another medium bowl, stir together the garlic yogurt and 2 tablespoons [¼ cup] oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4

Prep the mint; warm the pita breads

  • Strip the mint leaves from the stems; coarsely chop the leaves.

On the stovetop directly over a flame, or in a dry medium frying pan over medium heat, warm the pita breads until lightly toasted, about 30 seconds per side. Alternatively, toast them in a toaster oven. 

Serve

You can serve this meal two ways: as pitas with toppings or as stuffed pitas. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pickled onion from the brine. 

For pitas with toppings:

Transfer the pita breads to individual plates. Spread the garlic yogurt over the pita breads and top with the lentils, carrot-cranberry salad, mint, and as much pickled onion as you like. 

For stuffed pitas: 

Cut the pita breads in half and transfer to individual plates. Fill the pita halves with the lentils, carrot-cranberry salad, mint, and as much garlic yogurt and pickled onion as you like. 

Serve any remaining garlic yogurt and pickled onion on the side. 

Kids Can!
  • Rinse the lentils.
  • Assemble the carrot-cranberry salad. 
  • Stir the garlic yogurt.
  • Strip the mint leaves.
  • Help assemble the pitas.