Heart-Healthy Lentil Recipes

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

Staff Picks

Winter Vegetable Mulligatawny Soup

Rating: 5 stars 5
Our meatless version of the Indian-inspired British colonial soup includes parsnip and squash to keep it hearty and satisfying.
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By Adam Dolge

Lentil Meatballs

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
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.
Melissa Gray
By Melissa Gray

Roasted Root Veggies & Greens over Spiced Lentils

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
This earthy bowl of lentils 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.

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.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

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.
Katie Webster
By Katie Webster

Red Lentil Soup with Saffron

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
This hearty red lentil soup uses spices common in Persian cuisine: turmeric, cumin and saffron. Enjoy it with a warm baguette or steamed rice.
By Bill Millholland

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.
By EatingWell Member

Red Lentil & Cauliflower Curry

Rating: 3 stars 3
This cauliflower curry recipe also features red lentils, which turn yellow when cooked. Curry powder, onions, cumin and other seasonings give this vegetarian dinner tons of flavor. Serve over rice to complete the meal.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Lentil & Roasted Vegetable Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Goddess dressing typically gets its umami-ness from anchovies, but we use miso in this super green salad recipe to keep it vegetarian. Substitute 2 chopped anchovies for the miso if you like. Or add baked tofu, poached salmon or grilled chicken for a boost of protein.
By Carolyn Casner

Moroccan Lentil Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
This healthy date, carrot and lentil salad recipe is flavored with a spiced preserved-lemon dressing. While most salads taste best when freshly assembled, lentil salads appreciate time for the flavors to marry so try to make it at least a few hours ahead if you can. Bring the salad to room temperature before serving and adjust salt if needed.
By Joyce Goldstein

Lentil Burgers

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
Walnuts and fresh marjoram accent these vegan lentil burgers. Substitute oregano for marjoram if you like. Serve with a smear of whole-grain mustard and roasted sweet potato wedges.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Lemony Lentil Salad with Salmon

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
Salmon and lentils are a familiar combo in French bistro cooking; here they combine in a quick and easy salad. For the best presentation, flake the salmon with a fork, then stir gently into the salad to keep it in chunks, not tiny bits.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen
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Inspiration and Ideas

Lentil Sloppy Joes
This simple recipe for slow-cooked sloppy joes is perfect for vegetarians as the traditional beef is replaced with heart-healthy lentils.
Bulgur & Lentils
Rating: Unrated 2
Caramelized onions add deep flavor to this fast take on the Middle Eastern dish mjadra, a simple vegetarian recipe featuring bulgur and lentils. Serve with a salad of chopped parsley, tomato and cucumber tossed with a lemon vinaigrette.
Lentil & Goat Cheese Toast

This savory goat cheese toast is topped with lentils and walnuts for a protein-rich bite.