March 6, 2016

50 Amazing Vegan Lentil Recipes

Happy International Year of the Pulses!

Every year, the United Nations observes an issue of international interest or concern. (See the list here - very interesting!) It seems like an amazing thing to help connect and unify the world in a positive way; encouraging us to work, learn, and join together for a greater good. This year, 2016 was declared "International Year of the Pulses". If you're wondering what pulses are, you're not alone. I'd never heard that term before! But funny enough, it turns out pulses are one of my favorite things - a subgroup of the legume family which includes dried lentils, beans, peas, and chickpeas... yum! The international year was declared to showcase pulses as a primary source of protein and nutrients, and increase awareness of their many benefits including environmental and sustainability, high nutritional value, affordability, and potential to address global food security. Please take a moment to check out this awesome infographic - a quick and easy reference that touches on each benefit!

Below I'm highlighting one of the amazing pulses (lentils!) with 50 diverse vegan recipes. I encourage you to get involved and celebrate the international year any way you can. Simply learn more about pulses through the official Food and Agriculture Organization's 2016 IYP website, cook more meals with them, or share your knowledge about health and sustainability with family and friends to continue raising awareness of the power of these wonderful, tiny legumes. Have fun and enjoy the recipes! :)

Soup & Chili
Lentil Spinach Soup (pictured above)
Red Lentil Stew with Sweet Potato
Rustic Lentil & Potato Soup (tastes like veganized beef stew!)
Mexican Red Lentil Stew - Kalyn's Kitchen
African Peanut Lentil Soup - Vegan Richa
Lentil Chili - Whole Foods Market
Curried Lentil Soup - Cadry's Kitchen
Lentil Sweet Potato Kale Soup - My Whole Food Life
Lemony Lentil Soup - Yummy Mummy Kitchen
Lentil Chili with Roasted Red Peppers - Kalyn's Kitchen
Crushed Lentil Soup - Veggie Chick
Middle Eastern Green Lentil Soup - Lands and Flavors
Hearty Chickpea Lentil Stew (Slow Cooker) - The Lazy Vegan Baker

Hearty Salads
Black Bean Lentil Salad with Cumin-Lime Dressing (pictured above)
5-Minute Lentil Tomato Salad
Lentil Salad with Capers and Balsamic-Dijon Dressing
Lentil Taco Salad - Veggie Primer
Lentil Panzanella w/ Herbed Thyme Dijon Dressing - Well and Full
Turkish Lentil Salad - Hurry the Food Up
Lentil and Brussels Sprout Salad - Green Evi
Warm Puy Lentil Salad with Beetroot and Hazelnuts - Rebel Recipes

Red Lentil Dal - Forks Over Knives
Vegan Lentil Curry - Simple Vegan Blog
Red Lentil Kofta - Ceara's Kitchen
Dal Makhani - Elephantastic Vegan

Tacos, Burgers, Sandwiches, & Patties
Black Bean Lentil Tacos (picture above)
Lentil Walnut Taco Meat - Oh She Glows
Slow Cooker Lentil Quinoa Taco Filling - Healthy Slow Cooking
Vegan Lentil Burger - Contentedness Cooking
Vegan Lentil Burger with Basil Mayonaise - Vegan Heaven
Sloppy Lentil Sandwiches - Veggie Inspired
Baked Red Lentil Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce - Cookin' Canuck
Almond Lentil Patties in Tomato Gravy - Vegan High Tech Mom

Pasta & Sides
Vegan Bolognese with Lentils and Mushrooms - Veggies Don't Bite
Sun-dried Tomato & Lentil Bolognese - The Tofu Diaries
Roasted Red Pepper and Lentil Crackers - Vegan Lovelie
Green Lentil Hummus - Vegetarian Gastronomy

Burritos, Wraps, Rolls
Lentil Spinach Burritos (pictured above)
Lentil Spring Rolls - Vegan Family Recipes
Thai Lentil Lettuce Wraps with Miso Sriracha Peanut Sauce - Vanilla and Bean
Vegan Cabbage Rolls - The Minimalist Vegan

Other Savory Deliciousness!
Vegan Lentil Loaf with Roasted Carrots, Onions, and Portobellos - Veganosity
Red Lentil Shepherd's Pie - Tinned Tomatoes
Lentil and Rice Stuffed Portobellos w/ Caramelized Onions - Pumpkin & Peanut Butter
Lentil Roast with Balsamic Onion Gravy - Wallflower Girl
Spiced Tomato Red Lentils - The Viet Vegan
Barbecue Lentil Stuffed Sweet Potatoes - Emilie Eats
Lentil and Vegetable Pie - Vegan Sandra
Cheezy Lentil Pies - Wallflower Girl

Come join The Garden Grazer on Instagram and share your pics! I'd love to see how you're incorporating these powerful pulses!

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  1. Holymoly, this is an extensive round up! Thanks for putting it together, I'll never have trouble to find a good recipe for lentils again :D

    1. Haha, I was aiming for 25-30 but people submitted so many amazing recipes I got excited and had to expand it! :)

  2. I'm ALWAYS looking for new ways to use lentils so I am in love with this round up! Thanks so much for sharing my Lentil & Rice Stuffed Portobellos!!

    1. Yay! Happy to share the lentil love :) That recipe looks like my perfect dinner!! Have a great week Liz!

  3. Loving this round-up! Lentils are seriously the best. Thanks for sharing my BBQ Lentil Stuffed Sweet Potatoes! :)

    1. Thanks for the awesome recipe Emilie! BBQ anything is always a win in my book ;) Have a great weekend!

  4. What a great round up! I love lentils!
    Thanks for sharing my Lentil and Brussels Sprout Salad :)

    1. My pleasure Evi! Such a wonderful and creative salad!

  5. Fantastic collection! Thanks for including my Vegan Lentil Burger!

    1. Thanks Florian! My pleasure :) Have a lovely weekend!

  6. I LOVE LENTILS. I live in the PNW and found an awesome local brand, Palouse beans grown here in Washington. My 5 pound bag seemed like a lot but there's just so many amazing recipes out there that I'm almost in need of another! Thank you so much for taking the time to put this list together. I adore it and I'm so happy to have run across your blog today! :)

    1. Hi Lauren! Thanks so much for sharing - I just looked up Palouse beans and it looks like an awesome company (and I love that they're non-GMO certified!) We lived in Portland a few years ago and it's still very near and dear to my heart. The whole PNW is SO beautiful :) Hope you have a great weekend!!

  7. Lentils use to upset my stomach but for some reason they don't anymore and now I'm a lentil crazy girl. Thanks for posting all the recipes. I was looking for a lentil salad and now I have so many to choose from.

    1. Hey Carmen! So glad your stomach agrees with them now! Lentils are amazing - hope you enjoy any recipes you try! :)