These 25 Must-Try Lentil Recipes 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.

25 Must-Try Lentil Recipes that are not bland or boring! Spice up your life with these globally inspired flavor bombs! Vegetarian and Vegan-adaptable! #lentils #lentilrecipes

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. Most of these are meatless with along with many vegan options as well!  Let me know your favorites in the comments below! New to cooking Lentils? Jump to the recipe for the basic recipe!


LENTIL BOLOGNESE

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.

 

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 adding chicken, more veggies and rice.  An easy and fast weeknight meal! #mulligatawny #instantpot #lentilrecipesInstant 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 DAL!

25 Tasty Lentil Recipes - that are not bland or boring! | A healthy recipe for Lentil Dal with Spinach, sometime called Saag Dal, this is bursting with authentic Indian flavors!

Lentil Dal is one of the most delicious, plant-based Indian meals! This version, I like to call Emerald Dal, 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 flavorful Romesco Sauce over a bed of simply seasoned lentils. A quick and easy sheet pan dinner - vegan, plant-powered, and full of flavor!

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!

 CELERY LENTIL SALAD WITH DATES!

25 Tasty Lentil Recipes - that are not bland or boring! | Celery Salad with lentils, dates and almonds - a delicious make ahead salad that keeps for several days in the fridge. Keep it vegan or add shaved pecorino! #celerysalad #lentilsalad #healthysalad #salad #vegansalad

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!

 

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! #lentils #Frenchlentils #lentilrecipes

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!

 

 MOROCCAN RED LENTIL QUINOA SOUP

25 Tasty Lentil Recipes ! | This hearty nourishing Moroccan Red Lentil Quinoa Soup is vegan, easy to make and made with simple everyday ingredients. Flavorful and aromatic, the warming spices are especialluy cozy. This can be made in under 30 minutes in an Instant Pot or on the stovetop and keeps well for midweek meals. #vegansoup #redlentisoup #quinoasoup #moroccansoup #moroccanstew #veganstew #instantpotsoup #instantpot

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.

 

INDIAN SHEPHERDS PIE!25 Tasty Lentil Recipes! | Indian-Spiced Shepherd's Pie with lentils, veggies and fragrant Garam Masala, topped with curry mashed potatoes. Truly one of the most delicious vegetarian recipes on the blog! #sheperdspie #vegetarianshepherdspie #indianrecipes #garammasala #lentils #vegetariandinner

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!

 

LENTIL TABOULI SALAD

25 Best Lentil Recipes! | This Simple Lentil Tabouli Salad is full of Middle Eastern flavor! 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 #tabouli #lentil #lentils #lentilsalad #lentiltabouli #lentiltabbouleh #tabbouleh #vegan #salad #glutenfree

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

 

 BERBERE CHICKEN AND ETHIOPIAN LENTILS

25 Best Lentil Recipes! | Berbere Chicken and Ethiopian Lentils - a flavorful Ethiopian recipe that features Berebere Spice. #ethiopianfood #ethiopianrecipes #chicken #lenitls #berebere www.feastingathome.com

Berbere Chicken and Ethiopean Lentils – a flavorful, comforting Ethiopian meal that features Berbere Spice, this delicious lentil recipe is easily one of our favorites!

 

MOROCCAN LENTIL SALAD 

25 Tasty Lentil Recipes! | The BEST 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! #lentilsalad

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!

 

INDIAN LENTIL MEATBALLS (VEGAN!)

25 Best Lentil Recipes! | Vegan Lentil Meatballs with Indian Coconut Curry Sauce- a delicious healthy meal infused with fragrant Indian spices. Vegan and Gluten Free! #veganmeatballs #lentilmeatballs #vegan #indianmeatballs #veg

Vegan Indian Lentil Meatballs with Curry Sauce– a delicious healthy meal infused with fragrant Indian spices. Vegan and Gluten-Free!

 

SPRINGY LENTIL SALAD WITH MINT AND YOGURT

25 Best Lentil Recipes! | Lentil Salad with Spring Veggies, Mint and Yogurt Sauce -a delicious, healthy, Greek-inspired lentil salad recipe!  Vegan adaptable and Gluten-Free #lentils #lentilsalad #lentilsalad recipe #lentilrecipes #vegan #glutenfree

Springy Lentil Salad with Spring Veggies, Mint and Yogurt Sauce -a delicious, healthy, Greek-inspired lentil salad recipe!  Vegan adaptable and Gluten-Free!

 

MUJADARA! 

25 Tasty Lentil Recipes! | 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. #mujadara #healthy #lentils #rice #instantpot #instapot #mujadararecipe

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

25 Lentil Recipes! | Vegan Lentil Cakes made with walnuts and mushrooms topped with flavorful 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

25 BEST Lentil Recipes! Lentils with Blistered Tomatoes and Kale- a simple vegetarian lentil recipe seasoned with Middle Eastern spices & topped with feta. Healthy, tasty! | www.feastingathome.com #halfcuphabit #lentilrecipes #vegetarianlentils

Lentils with Blistered Tomatoes and Kale– a simple vegetarian lentil recipe seasoned with Middle Eastern spices & topped with feta. Healthy, tasty!

MIDDLE EASTERN LENTIL SOUP (Instant Pot) 

25 Best Lentil Recipes! Instant Pot Lentil Soup- vegan, gluten free and infused with Middle Eastern Spices! #lentilsoup #veganlentilsoup

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!

VEGAN LENTIL BOWLS WITH TAHINI SAUCE

25 BEST Lentil Recipes! Healthy delicious Lentil recipes like this Vegan Lentil Bowls with Tahini Dressing loaded up with seasonal veggies, greens, sprouts, almonds, avocado, fresh mint, and the best tahini sauce!  Vegan and GFVegan Lentil Bowls with Tahini Dressing loaded up with seasonal veggies, greens, sprouts, almonds, avocado, fresh mint, and the best tahini sauce!  Vegan and GF

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

25 BEST Lentil Recipes! | Sprouted Lentil Burgars- GRILLABLE, vegan and gluten free adaptable. Topped with picked beets. | www.feastingathome.com #vegan #burger #grilled

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!

 

LENTIL POMEGRANATE SALAD (aka Palouse Caviar)

25 BEST Lentil Recipes!

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!

 

WARM LENTILS WITH BEETS AND WILTED CHARD

25 BEST Lentil Recipes! |Warm Lentils with chard, roasted beets, goat cheese and spring herbs. | www.feastingathome.com

Warm Lentils with wilted chard, roasted beets, goat cheese, and spring herbs. A simple tasty vegetarian meal!

 

LENTIL WALNUT & APPLE SALAD 

25 BEST Lentil Recipes! |Lentil Salad with celery root, apple and a fragrant cumin seed dressing. #lentilsalad

 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.

 

SPICY LENTIL TAHINI WRAP 

25 BEST Lentil Recipes! Vegetarian and vegan options.

Spicy Tahini Lentil Wrap with avocado, carrots, cabbage, and the tastiest Sriracha Tahini Sauce. Vegan and Delicious!

 

COCONUT LENTIL CURRY

25 BEST Lentil Recipes! |This Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry can be made in an Instant Pot or on the stove top. Infused with fragrant Indian spices, this recipe is not only delicious, it is is vegan and gluten free! #currylentils #indianlentils #lentilcurry #veganlentilcurry #instantpot #vegan #vegancurry #veganlentils #eatclean #cleaneating #plantbased

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!

 

BEET BRAISED LENTILS

25 BEST Lentil Recipes! | Beet braised lentils-comforting and delicious!

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 

25 BEST Lentil Recipes! Seared Ahi served over Moroccan Lentils with roasted baby carrots, fresh herbs and yogurt drizzle. #searedahi #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!

HEALING BEET AND LENTIL SOUP

25 BEST Lentil Recipes! |Lentil Beet Soup -a simple healing vegan soup, packed full of antioxidants that aid the liver in healing our bodies. Vegan, GF | #lentilbeetsoup #vegansoup

Healing Lentil Beet Soup -a simple healing vegan soup, packed full of antioxidants that aid the liver in healing our bodies. Vegan and GF.

COMFORTING RED LENTIL DAL 

Soulful, Comforting 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. Vegetarian | www.feastingathome.com #lentils #dal #lentildal #sweetpotatoes #vegan #glutenfree

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.

 10 Health Benefits of Lentils:

  1. High in protein – 18 grams protein per cup (cooked)
  2. Rich in Polyphenols-READ THIS!
  3. High in Fiber – 16 grams fiber per cup (cooked)
  4. High in Iron
  5. High in Magnesium
  6. High in Folate
  7. Stabilizes blood sugar, helps prevent Diabetes
  8. Energizing
  9. Low in fat
  10. 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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Best lentil recipes

25 Must-Try Lentil Recipes!

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at home
  • 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

Description

A collection of our 25 Best Lentil Recipes: How to cook lentils!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 cup lentils (see notes), rinsed
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/21 teaspoon salt
  • Optional aromatics: few whole garlic cloves, quartered shallot or half onion, couple sprigs of herbs ( rosemary, thyme, sage) bay leaves.

Instructions

  1. Place lentils, water and salt in a medium pot over high heat.
  2. Add any optional aromatics, and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover, lower heat and simmer gently until cooked through. The goal here is to get them tender, yet still hold their shape.
  4. Drain and use in other recipes.
  5. Cooked lentils will keep up to 4 days in the fridge, or can be frozen!
  6. 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!

Notes

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!

Nutrition

  • 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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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. 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!

  2. The lentil bolognese is simply amazing! Thank you for all these delicious ressources. You’re making the healthy choice the easy choice

  3. I will try some of these sites on this Blog Commenting site exactly what I look for. Such good information shared with as these sites are really helpful.

  4. Very healthy, fat burning, lower heat and tasty recipe. Easiest way to make it at home.

  5. 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 !