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Here are our 25+ Best Lentil Recipes, reader’s favorites that will not only leave you feeling satisfied but will WOW your taste buds, as well! Many of you have been asking for more recipes featuring plant-based protein, and Lentils happen to be one of my personal favorites. To me, they are comfort food.
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Whether you are looking for wholesome lentil dinner recipes, cozy lentil soups and stews, or fresh and healthy lentil salads and sides, we have you covered!
Put away any old ideas of lentils being somber and bland- they truly are how you treat them. Here are some of our most popular, highly-rated, globally-inspired Lentil Recipes to put on your meal plan this week!
Comforting Lentil DinnerS
These lentil dinner recipes are cozy, comforting, and perfect for cooler weather. Full of global flavors, they are hearty and satisfying!
Rich and robust, this plant-based Lentil Bolognese is hearty, “meaty” and full of depth of flavor. Toss it with your favorite pasta, or spoon it over creamy polenta- either way, this simple nourishing vegan meal is one the whole family will enjoy. See the video below!
Lentil Bolognese | 60-sec Video!
Vegan Pot Pie with Lentils, Butternut and Kale
A delicious recipe for Vegan Pot Pie made with roasted butternut squash, lentils and kale, topped with a golden puff pastry crust. A cozy, warming vegan meal full of delicious fall flavors. Video!
INDIAN LENTIL MEATBALLS (VEGAN!)
Vegan Indian Lentil Meatballs with Curry Sauce– a delicious healthy meal infused with fragrant Indian spices. Vegan and Gluten-Free!
BERBERE CHICKEN AND ETHIOPIAN LENTILS
Berbere Chicken and Ethiopean Lentils – a flavorful, comforting Ethiopian meal that features Berbere Spice, this delicious lentil recipe is easily one of our favorites!
Emerald Dal is one of the most delicious, plant-based Indian meals! This version is packed with Spinach making it especially high in nutrients and flavor! Rich, fragrant, and packed with protein, think of this Lentil Dal – like Saag Paneer, but substituting lentils instead of the Cheese! A super tasty, healthy lentil recipe that is vegan-adaptable!
Roasted Cauliflower Steaks w/ Black Caviar Lentils
Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Romesco Sauce over a bed of simply seasoned black caviar lentils. A simple, easy vegan dinner made on a sheet pan!
INDIAN SHEPHERDS PIE
Indian-Spiced Shepherd’s Pie with lentils, veggies and fragrant Garam Masala, topped with curry mashed potatoes. Truly one of the BEST lentil recipes on the blog!
Roasted Salmon with Braised French Lentils
Roasted Salmon with Lemon and Thyme served over Braised French Green Lentils– a simple healthy weeknight dinner recipe!
COMFORTING RED LENTIL & Sweet Potato DAL
Soulful, Comforting Red Lentil Dal with Sweet Potatoes and a flavorful “tempering oil”. A quick 30-minute meal that is simple to make and full of fragrant Indian spices.
BEET BRAISED LENTILS
Simple delicious, Braised Lentils with Beets – a healthy vegan stew or soup, topped with optional goat cheese, that can be served on its own, or as a side dish to fish, chicken or meat. Vegan adaptable and Gluten-free!
SEARED AHI WITH MOROCCAN LENTILS
Seared Ahi with Moroccan Lentils – Cumin & Fennel crusted Ahi is served over Moroccan Lentils with roasted baby carrots, fresh herbs and yogurt drizzle. Spectacular flavors!
Lentil soups and stews
What is more healing than a bowl of lentil soup? Here is an amazing collection for our best lentil soup recipes, full of flavor and goodness!
Harira (Moroccan Lentil and Chickpea Soup)
Moroccan Lentil and Chickpea Soup (aka Harira) is hearty, full of protein and loaded with nutrients. Warming fragrant spices make this healthy one-pot meal deeply flavorful! Vegan and Gluten-Free adaptable.
This lentil chili is packed with nutrients and comforting flavor and is perfect for fall, from weeknight dinners to weekend gatherings. It saves well, and leftovers taste even better! Vegan adaptable.
MIDDLE EASTERN LENTIL SOUP (Instant Pot)
This Middle Eastern Style Lentil Soup can be made in an Instant Pot or on the stovetop. It’s vegan, gluten-free and infused with Middle Eastern Spices!
INSTANT POT MULLIGATAWNY SOUP
Instant Pot Mulligatawny Soup is so creamy and richly satisfying with bright and spicy flavors. This vegan adaptable version is delicious as is or can easily be built upon by adding chicken, or more veggies and basmati rice. An easy and fast weeknight meal!
Lentil Mushroom Stew
This recipe for Mushroom Lentil Stew with Fennel and Sage is earthy, hearty and richly spiced. Delicious and vegan!
MOROCCAN RED LENTIL QUINOA SOUP
This Moroccan Red Lentil Quinoa Soup is made with simple, humble ingredients, yet is packed full of delicious flavor! Make this in an Instant Pot or stovetop.
HEALING BEET AND LENTIL SOUP
Healing Lentil Beet Soup -a simple healing vegan soup, packed full of antioxidants that aid the liver in healing our bodies. Vegan and GF.
Fresh and Healthy Lentil Salads
We LOVE lentil salads! High in protein and packed full of colorful veggies, they are energizing and nourishing. Here are a few of our reader’s favorites!
Beet, Lentil and Spinach Salad
Beet, Lentil and Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Dressing, topped with maple walnuts and crumbled goat cheese.
LENTIL TABOULI SALAD
This Lentil Tabouli Salad is infused with Middle Eastern flavors and can be made ahead. Filling lentils are paired with summer tomatoes, lemon, mint and parsley and a unique combination of spices, and keeps for several days, perfect for midweek lunches or potlucks! Vegan and Gluten-Free
CELERY LENTIL SALAD WITH DATES!
Celery Salad with lentils, dates and almonds – a delicious, make-ahead lentil salad recipe that keeps for several days in the fridge. Keep it vegan or add shaved pecorino!
MOROCCAN LENTIL SALAD
A delicious Lentil Salad infused with Moroccan Spices, this healthy vegan lentil salad can be made ahead and keeps for 4 days, perfect for healthy midweek lunches!
LENTIL SALAD WITH MINT AND YOGURT
Springy Lentil Salad with Spring Veggies, Mint and Yogurt Sauce -a delicious, healthy, Greek-inspired lentil salad recipe! Vegan adaptable and Gluten-Free!
LENTIL POMEGRANATE SALAD (aka Palouse Caviar)
Lentil Pomegranate Salad (aka Palouse Caviar) A take on Texas Caviar, this Vegan Lentil Dip (or Salad) aka Palouse Caviar is made black caviar lentils, pomegranate, avocado, lime. Served it with corn chips for a festive, healthy, vegan GF appetizer or over greens for a hearty vegan salad!
LENTIL WALNUT & APPLE SALAD
Lentil Salad with apples, walnuts, celery root and a delicious, toasted Cumin Seed Dressing. This healthy vegan salad can be made ahead for midweek lunches or potlucks and gatherings.
Easy Healthy Lentil Recipes
These healthy lentil recipes are perfect for dinner or midweek lunches. Most are vegan!
Instant Pot Mujadara – a comforting, healthy vegetarian meal of lentils and rice, with fragrant Moroccan spices, served with caramelized shallots, fresh veggies, pine nuts and optional yogurt. Gluten-free and Vegan adaptable.
LENTIL CAKES WITH ZHOUG YOGURT
These vegan Lentil Cakes are made with walnuts and mushrooms and topped with flavorful Zhoug yogurt. Healthy and flavorful this lentil recipe is hearty and full of flavor.
LENTILS WITH BLISTERED TOMATOES & KALE
Lentils with Blistered Tomatoes and Kale– a simple vegetarian lentil recipe seasoned with Middle Eastern spices & topped with feta. Healthy, tasty!
VEGAN LENTIL BOWLS WITH TAHINI SAUCE
Vegan Lentil Bowls with Tahini Dressing loaded up with seasonal veggies, greens, sprouts, almonds, avocado, fresh mint, and the best tahini sauce! Vegan and GF
SPROUTED LENTIL BURGERS
Sprouted Lentil Burgers– these healthy guys are GRILLABLE, vegan and gluten-free adaptable. Here they are topped with pickled beets. A healthy delicious recipe, great for meal prep!
WARM LENTILS WITH BEETS AND WILTED CHARD
Warm Lentils with wilted chard, roasted beets, goat cheese, and spring herbs. A simple tasty vegetarian meal!
SPICY LENTIL TAHINI WRAP
Spicy Tahini Lentil Wrap with avocado, carrots, cabbage, and the tastiest Sriracha Tahini Sauce. Vegan and Delicious!
COCONUT LENTIL CURRY
This Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry can be made in an Instant Pot or on the stovetop. Infused with fragrant Indian spices, this recipe is not only delicious, it is is vegan and gluten-free!
Our favorite Lentil Side Dish!
SIMPLE BRAISED GREEN LENTILS
This recipe for Simple Braised French Lentils is nourishing and comforting and a delicious healthy side dish that pairs well with so many things! Leftovers can be frozen, or turned into a salad!
10 Health Benefits of Lentils:
- High in protein – 18 grams of protein per cup (cooked)
- Rich in Polyphenols-READ THIS!
- High in Fiber – 16 grams fiber per cup (cooked)
- High in Iron
- High in Magnesium
- High in Folate
- Stabilizes blood sugar, helps prevent Diabetes
- Low in fat
- Lowers cholesterol, heart-healthy.
How to cook Lentils
- Learn the easiest way to cook lentils- simply simmer in salted water, adding aromatics if you like. See the Recipe below.
- One cup dry lentils = 2 ½ cups cooked lentils.
- Lentil cooking time varies depending on size.
- Cooked Lentils will keep 4 days in the fridge, or can be frozen for later use.
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25+ Best Lentil Recipes!
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 20
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: lentils, lentil recipes
- Method: stovetop, instant pot
- Cuisine: global
- Diet: Vegan
A collection of our 25+ Best Lentil Recipes- whether you are looking for wholesome lentil dinner recipes, cozy lentil soups and stews, or fresh and healthy lentil salads and sides, we have you covered! (How to cook lentils)
- 1 cup lentils (see notes), rinsed
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt
- Optional aromatics: few whole garlic cloves, quartered shallot or half onion, couple sprigs of herbs ( rosemary, thyme, sage) bay leaves.
- Place lentils, water and salt in a medium pot over high heat.
- Add any optional aromatics, and bring to a boil.
- Cover, lower heat and simmer gently until cooked through. The goal here is to get them tender, yet still hold their shape.
- Drain and use in other recipes.
- Cooked lentils will keep up to 4 days in the fridge, or can be frozen!
- Split lentils cook the fastest- check at 15 minutes! Small lentils take roughly 20 minutes, large brown lentils roughly 30-35 minutes. The smaller the lentils, the faster they cook, so just keep checking!
Split lentils cook the fastest- check at 15 minutes! Small lentils take roughly 20 minutes, large brown lentils roughly 30-35 minutes. The smaller the lentils, the faster they cook, so just keep checking!
- Red Split lentils 15 minutes cooking time
- Green lentils 20-30 minutes cooking time, depending on size.
- Black Caviar lentils- 20 mintues cooking time
- Large Brown lentils-30-35 minutes cooking time
- Split lentils 15 minutes cooking time
Quick Tip! To accelerate cooking soak them in water first, 1-8 hours. Or try an instant pot!
- Serving Size: 1 cup lentils
- Calories: 220
- Sugar: 1 g
- Sodium: 307.8 mg
- Fat: 0.5 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 30.4 g
- Fiber: 16
- Protein: 18
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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I adore this recipe…I come back to it time and time again.
So glad you are enjoying Lisa!
This was such a satisfying and simple meal. We all need to eat more lentils and I look forward to trying more of your recipes. Thank you
Sprouted green lentil burgers are just AMAZING! My husband and I are not vegetarian but we prefer these over a meat burger any day of the week. Second time I made a quadruple batch 🙂 Highly recommend these! Thank you Sylvia!
Appreciate hearing this Ania!
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Very healthy, fat burning, lower heat and tasty recipe. Easiest way to make it at home.
Great to hear- which recipe are you referring to?
Thank you so much need to turn vegan for health purposes and lots of lentil ideas needed and how to cook and you have helped me thank you !
Great to hear!