Healthy Lentil Recipes

Find healthy, delicious lentil recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Chocolate-Banana Protein Smoothie

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Red lentils give this smoothie a plant-based protein boost. To make this smoothie vegan, try using unsweetened coconut beverage or almond milk in place of the dairy milk.
By Breana Killeen

Lemony Lentil Salad with Feta

Rating: 5 stars 4
This delicious and healthy lentil salad comes together in just 30 minutes and makes a wonderful hot-weather meal. Serve with whole-wheat pitas, if desired.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Rating: 5 stars 3
This Instant Pot lentil soup is quick enough to prepare when you get home from work for an easy weeknight dinner. This vegetarian soup recipe is full of aromatic vegetables, brown lentils and fresh spinach. A splash of balsamic vinegar brightens the flavor, and a garnish of radish and parsley gives this comforting soup a fresh finish.
By Robin Bashinsky

Vegan Lentil Soup

Rating: 5 stars 4
This vegan lentil soup recipe is packed with fresh ingredients and plenty of lentils that deliver a healthy dose of fiber in each bite. This vegan soup is the perfect cold-weather lunch or healthy dinner the whole family will love.
Julia Levy
By Julia Levy

Lentil Salad with Feta, Tomatoes, Cucumbers & Olives

This Mediterranean lentil salad, with chopped veggies, feta cheese and a light dressing, is perfect to have on hand for a quick lunch.
By Pam Lolley

One-Pot Lentil & Vegetable Soup with Parmesan

Rating: 5 stars 5
This lentil-vegetable soup is packed with kale and tomatoes for a filling, flavorful main dish. If you have it, the Parmesan cheese rind adds nuttiness and gives the broth some body.
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By Paige Grandjean

Roasted Root Veggies & Greens over Spiced Lentils

Rating: 4 stars 5
This earthy bowl of lentils bursting with Middle Eastern flavors is topped with leftover roasted root veggies from a large batch for an easy weeknight dinner. Keep it vegan or add a drizzle of plain yogurt for extra richness.

Lentil Curry with Cauliflower Rice

Rating: 1 stars 3
Combine precooked lentils (often located in the produce section of your grocery store) with an Indian-style simmer sauce for a super-fast and flavorful curry. Serving it over riced cauliflower bumps up the vegetable count and keeps carb servings in check. This 3-ingredient dinner (not counting salt, pepper and oil) is really as easy as it gets. To be mindful of the salt, look for simmer sauces with less than or close to 350 mg sodium per ¼-cup serving.
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By Carolyn Hodges, M.S., RDN

Mixed Greens with Lentils & Sliced Apple

Rating: 5 stars 4
This salad with lentils, feta and apple is a satisfying vegetarian entree to whip together for lunch. To save time, swap in drained canned lentils--just make sure to look for low-sodium and give them a rinse before adding them to the salad.
By Katie Webster

Lemony Lentil & Chard Soup

Rating: 5 stars 3
This lemon-lentil soup gets a boost of color and nutrition with the addition of chard
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By Carolyn Malcoun

Lentil Meatballs

These vegan lentil meatballs are tender and packed full of flavor. The tomato paste combined with nutritional yeast adds savory notes, while crushed red pepper lends a touch of heat. Oats help bind them together while adding a boost of fiber.
By Melissa Gray

One-Pot Lentils & Rice with Spinach

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
This hearty vegan dish gets its earthy flavor from cumin and brown rice. If you can handle extra heat, try doubling the crushed red pepper for a bigger punch of flavor.
By Carolyn Casner
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Inspiration and Ideas

17 Easy Lentil Recipes for Dinner Tonight
These easy lentil recipes are a great option for dinner tonight. These legumes are full of protein and are a great source of fiber when you want a break from beans. Lentils are affordable and pantry-friendly, so it's always great to have some on hand. Recipes like Roasted Root Veggies & Greens over Spiced Lentils and Quick Lentil Salmon Salad are healthy, delicious and full of veggies.
22 Flexitarian Dinner Recipes with Lentils
Lentils are a great source of plant-based protein and fiber, budget-friendly and can be used in a variety of ways.
Lentil Stew with Salsa Verde
Rating: 4.5 stars 3

This healthy vegetarian recipe is hearty and satisfying. Don't skip the parsley relish (salsa verde)--it's easy to make and lends a tangy accent that balances the flavors of the lentil stew. We prefer French green lentils for this stew, as they don't fall apart while cooking; however, regular brown lentils (found in most supermarkets) will also work.