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Kale Salad With Lentil Meatballs [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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The lentil meatballs in this recipe are deceptively easy to make; they're dense, meaty, and a little bit spicy. If you're not a fan of kale, then try massaging the leaves prior to serving — it will make them tender and less bitter. Topped with sliced red onion and fresh cherry tomatoes, this salad is both colorful and full of different flavors and textures. Serve with a drizzle of the leftover barbecue mustard sauce.

Kale Salad With Lentil Meatballs [Vegan, Gluten-Free]


For the BBQ Mustard Sauce:

  • 5 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

For the Lentil Meatballs:

  • 1 tablespoon BBQ mustard sauce
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 1 14-ounce can lentils, or 1/2 cup uncooked lentils

For the Salad:

  • A handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • Kale, chopped


To Make the BBQ Mustard Sauce:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.

To Make the Lentil Meatballs:

  1. Preheat oven to 390°F.
  2. If you use uncooked lentils, cook them according to the manufacturer’s instructions and let them cool.
  3. Combine all the ingredients for the lentil meatballs in the bowl of blender or food processor. Process until you get a smooth mixture that is sticky. Form small balls and bake them in the oven for 15 minutes.

To Assemble the Salad:

  1. Chop tomatoes, onion, and kale. The chopped kale might be a bit rough at first, so massage with a bit of water and lemon juice to make it tender. When done, add the tomatoes and onions. When the lentil meatballs are done, serve with the salad and a drizzle of BBQ mustard sauce.





Always simple, always gluten-free, always scrumptious! Florian Nouh is the recipe developer, photographer, and cook behind Contentedness Cooking. I'm a food enthusiast who loves creating vegan and gluten-free recipes. The recipes on Contentedness Cooking range from fruity breakfasts to hearty lunches, from delicious dinners to scrumptious desserts – there is something for everyone, all easy to make by home cooks without the need for special equipment. It’s all about natural ingredients, healthy choices, and embracing creativity.



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