Today, it’s all about these 20 amazing lentil recipes. Lentils, which come in a range of colors and textures, are a tasty source of a plant-based protein. They are also versatile because they can be used in soups, stews, salads, and more. And a bonus: they cook really quickly!
This collection of lentil recipes will lead you through a range of seasonings to spice up how you cook these little bits of wonder. Whether you cook them on a stovetop, in a slow cooker, or a pressure cooker, you’re sure to find a mouth-watering recipe to try.
From salads to stews, from lentil cakes to “meatballs,” and from tacos to hummus, you’ll learn innovative ways to prepare and use lentils in meals, snacks, and even desserts!
20 Amazing Lentil Recipes
Instant Pot Lentil Soup by Recipes For A Pantry
Full of protein and spicy Mexican flavors, this soup comes together quickly with the help of your Instant Pot. No pre-soaking of the green lentils are needed. Put them in with the tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, and spices for an outrageously tasty soup!
Slow Cooker Winter Minestrone With Split Red Lentils by A Beautiful Plate
Split red lentils, along with veggies like carrots, zucchini, tomatoes, and potatoes, get slow-cooked in this cozy winter soup. It’s comfort food that’s perfect for chilly days. Your family will be at the table, spoon in hand, waiting for you to serve this one up!
Harvest Butternut Squash Lentil Salad by Recipe Runner
Whether you use this scrumptious salad as a side dish or a meatless main dish, you’ll love the tangy vinaigrette that you’ll drizzle over this colorful lentil salad. Full of texture and sweet and savory flavors, cooked green lentils join with butternut squash, apple, arugula, and dried cranberries. Beautiful!
Carrot Lentil Cakes With Garlic Herb Tahini Sauce by Blissful Basil
Red lentils, carrots, and kale combine to make these savory baked patties. Full of fiber and protein, blend the cooked ingredients and spices in your food processor and then form them into small patties. Whip up the easy garlic tahini sauce to complement these zesty cakes.
Vegan Lentil Loaf by Eating Bird Food
You can still have meatloaf with this awesome lentil version. It’s even topped with a sweet and savory tomato-based glaze! Start by adding cooked brown lentils, along with toasted walnuts and a host of other delectable ingredients to a food processor to pulse into a mixture. Add to a loaf pan, top with the yummy glaze and bake. You family will love this one!
Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers With Lentils by Killing Thyme
If you’re looking for a meatless main dish, try this delicious stuffed peppers recipe. Fill your peppers with a flavorful and cheesy mix of lentils, brown rice, mushrooms, tomatoes, and black olives. Family-approved, even from meat eaters!
Classic Lentil Burgers by Making Thyme For Health
Cooked green lentils, along with carrots, onion, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and spices combine to make this classic lentil burger mixture. Pan fry these burgers for best results, and pair with all your favorite toppings!
Lentil Salad by Detoxinista
Cooked brown, black, or green lentils work well for this bright and tasty salad. Just chop the cucumber, red onion, red bell pepper, celery, and add some golden raisins and sliced almond to the salad. Finish it with a delicious apple cider and dijon mustard dressing.
Roasted Cauliflower And Lentil Tacos by Cookie And Kate
Uplevel your cooked and spicy brown lentils with some crunchy roasted cauliflower for a zesty taco filling. Top it with an adobo, mayo, and lime chipotle sauce along with a garnish of fresh cilantro for a scrumptious taco meal.
Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup by Peas And Crayons
If you love tortilla soup, try it with this lentil-based recipe. Just pressure cook dried red lentils along with beans, tomato sauce, and spices. Top this zesty soup with all your favorites, like sour cream, jalapeno, cheese, and tortilla strips. Your family will gobble this one up!
Lentil Meatballs by Well Plated
Lentil meatballs are super easy to make. Just put your cooked lentils, along with sauteed onion and carrots, other ingredients, and seasonings in a food processor to mix. Roll the lentil mixture into golf ball-sized meatballs and bake. Make sure and turn the meatballs throughout the baking so all sides get cooked. Serve with pasta and sauce. So good!
Apple Lentil Salad by Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen
This apple, lentil, cranberry, and celery salad will make the perfect side item or entree for the fall and winter holidays. Serve this cold salad on top of kale or arugula. It’s a flavor and protein-packed feast for the eyes, too. Beautiful!
Saucy Moroccan Spiced Lentils by Minimalist Baker
Moroccan flavors from paprika, coriander, pepper, and turmeric give cooked green lentils a spicy kick when blended into a sauce with peppers, onion, garlic, and apple cider vinegar. Use in salads, wraps, or rice bowls.
Red Lentil Turkish Soup by The Lemon Bowl
You can’t get more simple or delicious than this. Cooked red lentils get pureed, along with chicken broth, onion, carrots, potatoes, and savory spices to create this smooth protein-packed soup. Serve with crusty bread and enjoy this hearty meal.
Lemony Roasted Broccoli, Arugula & Lentil Salad by Cookie And Kate
Full of healthy greens and lentils, you’ll love this zesty salad. Roasted broccoli, shaved Brussels sprouts, arugula, Parmesan cheese, and black beluga lentils combine to make this awesome salad. Don’t forget the garlic, Dijon mustard, and lemon dressing!
Moroccan Sweet Potato Lentil Soup by Little Spice Jar
Put your slow cooker to work making this healthy sweet potato lentil soup full of anti-inflammatory properties that are perfect for a detox meal, especially after the holidays. Use green or brown lentils and make this soup a day ahead for the ultimate flavor.
Lentils With Creamy Mushroom Gravy by Budget Bytes
Brown lentils get a comfort food nudge with the addition of creamy mushroom gravy. Serve along with mashed potatoes or rice. You can even make this meal ahead and save it in the fridge or freezer. Win-win!
Lentil Brownies by Vegan Richa
Did you know that red lentils can be used to make brownies? Skinless lentils work for this recipe. The batter consists of cooked lentils, melted chocolate, some nut butter, and sweeteners. Pour into a pan and bake. Give these fudgy brownies a try!
5 Minutes Creamy Lentil Hummus by Sweet Simple Vegan
You’ll love that you can make this awesome hummus in just 5 minutes! Use cooked brown lentils, tahini, roasted garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and water to process into a smooth texture. Make a batch of this tasty goodness today!
One-Pot Chicken Drumsticks with Beluga Lentils by Jo Cooks
If chicken drumsticks, roasted tomatoes, and glossy black Beluga lentils sound like an awesome and tasty one-pot meal, then make this recipe at your earliest convenience! Full of herbs, wine, spices, and veggies, the lentils and chicken are more than adequately seasoned with this impressive meal. It’s downright swoon-worthy!
I hope you enjoyed these 20 Amazing Lentil Recipes today. Here’s the deal, with the prices of food going up we must find alternative proteins and other lower-cost food items to stretch our budget.
Lentils are a very healthy choice. In case you missed my post on Lentils: Everything You Need to Know, please check it out. Please keep prepping and stock up when you can. May God bless this world, Linda