29 Best Lentil Recipes

Whether you put them in salads, soups or even sloppy Joes, lentils are the real deal! You can slow cook them into a stew, pressure cook them for a quick meal, or use them as a meat alternative. These legumes are about to be your best friend!

Lentil Salad With Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Queso Fresco

“This was awesome! It made a great lunch, and we’ll be making it again this week for dinner. We used a generous amount of smoked paprika and the flavor was excellent. We liked the queso fresco, and will try feta next time!”

-Larry Spaghetti

Sausage & Lentil Soup

“This was my second time making this delicious soup. It always comes out incredible, and is a big hit with my family. I add both sweet and hot sausage for added flavor!”


Egyptian Red Lentil Soup

"This was excellent. I just got done with my second bowl and I'm full, but want to keep eating! This was my first experience with red lentils and I must say that I'm impressed.”

-Chef metal

Vegan Lentil Burgers

"This is my go-to when I make burgers at home. Since I’m vegetarian, I add an egg to help them stay together, but honestly they stick together enough without it. They freeze really well, and mom and dad said they were easy to throw in the pan from frozen on a low heat. They tasted great!”


Red Lentil & Carrot Soup With Coconut

“I love this soup! I added more carrot along with a combination of homemade turkey stock and chicken broth. I used an immersion blender and made some naan-flavored bread to go with it.”


Cod With Spiced Red Lentils

“This is such a simple, healthy dish. It’s spicy, but not overwhelming. I threw in some scallops that I had on hand and they ended up tasting just as fabulous as cod! I think this would work well for any white fish.”


Lentil Salad With Baby Beets & Feta

“Yum! I don’t love beets, but I do love this salad! I made it at least three times this past summer, and have passed the recipe onto others who have shared the love of this bright, hearty and filling salad.”


Country Hamburger Lentil Soup

“This is a great recipe! I added a handful of frozen peas, along with a peeled, cubed potato. Yum!”

-Rita M.

Lentil & Sausage Soup

“Simple and yummy! This is a very good comfort food. It has a meat-and-potatoes taste, but is actually very healthy!”


Lentil Cookies

“These were fantastic! I used regular green lentils and they pureed nicely. I also used dried cherries and left out the coconut. I love the texture and flavor of these cookies, and will definitely be making them a regular in my recipe rotation.”


Winter Squash, Chickpea & Red Lentil Stew

“Unbelievably divine! The saffron and cinnamon filled the house with a wonderful tagine aroma. The flavors were phenomenal.”


Moroccan Meatball & Lentil Bake

“This was so good! Beautifully spicy with a good balance between the meatballs and lentils. The caramelized vegetables pair nicely with it!”

-pattikay in L.A.

Carrot Lentil Casserole

“I really enjoyed this recipe because of the simplicity, flavors and how filling it is! It smelled wonderful when it was cooking.”


Pumpkin & Lentil Lasagna

“This turned out really great! I was worried while making the sauce, but it turned out delicious! I loved the pumpkin and lentils. I also used low-fat cheese and sour cream.”


Spicy Red Lentils With Capers & Currants

“An excellent recipe. If I didn’t have to save it for dinner I’d eat half of it right now! The flavor combination of salty and sweet is great with the earthy flavor of the lentils. It’s ready in a snap and will be awesome to pack for lunch.”


Pressure Cooker 10-Minute Lentil Soup

“Omg, this soup is fabulous! I just got a pressure cooker for my birthday and have been trying to find some good veggie recipes to cook in it. This one did not disappoint. Thick, rich, hearty and yummy.”

-Veggie Girl NYC

Lentil Soup

“This recipe was tedious but oh so good! I had everyone eating it, even the picky eaters. It was even better for leftovers. I served mine with cooked prosciutto, shredded Romano cheese and olive oil drizzled on top.”

-Peachie Keene

Carol's Dal Curry

“I discovered this recipe during a fast several years ago when searching vegan recipes. I’ve made it ever since! It’s delicious, tasty and simple.”

-Lisa R.

Lentil, corn & Sweet Pepper Chilli

“This has great flavor, a thick consistency, it’s super easy and best of all - there’s no cholesterol! I like how colorful it is, and it pairs well with a green salad!”

-Lisa R.

Vegetarian Lentil Chili

“A miracle dish! My two kids, husband and I all liked this! It makes quite a bit, we had it for at least three dinners.”


Lentil Soup With Bacon

"Really yummy and filling. I'm so glad that I chose to try this. It fills the house with a wonderful aroma."


Spanish Lentil Chili

“This lentil chili has robust flavor and mild heat. It’s perfect for taste buds on all scales, plus is it quick and easy to make.”


Red Lentil & Swiss Chard Stew

“This recipe is the absolute best! We went back for seconds last night, and I know it won’t last long enough to freeze the leftovers. I love the way the red lentils cook down and thicken it!”


Red Lentil Pate

"I love this! It's great for parties, but when making it at home I use a muffin tin so the leftovers are easy to store! Speaking of leftovers... this makes a killer stuffing for cabbage rolls!"


Onion Lentils & Rice

“Delicious! I made this tonight for dinner to accompany lamb, tabouli, flat bread, hummus and tzatziki. It was superb!”

-Quinn M.


“Oh my goodness, this is so so god! The key is definitely caramelizing the onions. The smell is incredible. It tastes so ‘meaty’ and robust.”


Chicken Lentil Soup With Kale

“A delicious, wintery night soup. It’s also really pretty with the contrast from the kale, tomatoes and chicken. It was terrific and easy, and goes great with crusty bread. For leftovers, I’ll try brown rice!”


Lebanese Lentil Salad

“Simply delicious and so easy! I’d definitely recommend using fresh mint if you can get it. Fortunately, we have some spearmint growing in our garden! A perfect dish for a steamy summer day.”


Lentil & Chicken Tagine

“Unbelievably awesome! My new favorite go-to meal, and goes great with crusty olive bread.”