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.
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.
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!
Vegan Indian Lentil Meatballs with Curry Sauce– a delicious healthy meal infused with fragrant Indian spices. Vegan and Gluten-Free!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 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!
This recipe for Mushroom Lentil Stew with Fennel and Sage is earthy, hearty and richly spiced. Delicious and vegan!
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 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!
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
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!
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!
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.
Lentils with Blistered Tomatoes and Kale– a simple vegetarian lentil recipe seasoned with Middle Eastern spices & topped with feta. Healthy, tasty!
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!
Spicy Tahini Lentil Wrap with avocado, carrots, cabbage, and the tastiest Sriracha Tahini Sauce. Vegan and Delicious!
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!
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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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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