With these delicious protein-rich Vegan Green Lentil Recipes, humble green lentils will soon become your favorite plant-based ingredient.
Green lentils are an excellent source of plant-based protein and are rich in iron and folate. They’re budget-friendly and so versatile. They have a mild peppery taste and are amazing in soups, stews, burgers, meatballs, falafels and nut roast. And because they hold their shape well during cooking they make a great addition to salads.
You might have come across French green lentils which are a smaller firmer variety of lentils. Green lentils, French green lentils and brown lentils can be used interchangeably and often recipes call for green or brown lentils.
I recommend soaking your lentils first in some water with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar which neutralizes phytic acid and reduces the cooking time to 20 minutes. However, if you forget, green lentils still have a relatively short cooking time of about 35 minutes making them a great protein-rich addition to quick vegan meals.
Explore some fabulous Vegan Green Lentil Recipes below.
1. Damn Good Vegan Lentil Soup
Nourish your body with this Damn Good Vegan Lentil Soup by Plays Well with Butter. Packed with good-for-you veggies and a delicious blend of spices this wholesome nourishing soup is the perfect plant-based meal to snuggle up with.
2. Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
This flavorful Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie by Rainbow Plant Life is impressive enough to serve as a holiday main dish. In this hearty recipe, umami-packed lentil and sticky onion filling is topped with fluffy mashed potatoes and cauliflower and baked until golden brown.
3. Vegan Lentil Loaf
Impress your vegan guests with this amazing Vegan Lentil Loaf by Choosing Chia. This delicious vegan meatloaf version made with a tasty mix of green lentils, quinoa, portobello mushrooms, veggies, herbs and spices is topped with a sweet and tangy balsamic ketchup sauce.
4. Classic Lentil Burgers
These wholesome Classic Lentil Burgers by Making Thyme for Health are seriously impressive. Green lentils are teamed with walnuts, sunflower seeds, carrot, chickpea flour, flax eggs and herbs in this tasty recipe.
5. One-Pot Lentil Green Curry
This delish One-Pot Lentil Green Curry by Minimalist Baker is inspired by both Thai and Indian cuisine. Made with green lentils, green curry paste, spices and light coconut milk this is one flavorful wholesome plant-based dish to try.
6. Easy Vegan Lentil Bolognese
Make this hearty Easy Vegan Lentil Bolognese by Plantiful Bakery. This yummy plant-based recipe cooked with green lentils, walnuts, red bell pepper and herbs is perfect to enjoy with your favorite pasta.
7. Curried Mashed Pumpkin with Spicy Green Lentils
This Curried Mashed Pumpkin with Spicy Green Lentils recipe by Full of Plants is true comfort food. In this delightful dish, creamy chili and cumin flavored pumpkin puree is served with spicy green lentils.
8. Lentil, Squash and Kale Stew
Cook yourself a big pot of this super simple Lentil, Squash and Kale Stew by Nirvana Cakery. This wholesome vegan stew with green lentils, squash, kale, fresh thyme, fresh parsley and lemon is one of my healthy staple recipes.
9. Green Lentil and Spinach Dal with Spinach Flatbreads
This delicious Green Lentil and Spinach Dal with Spinach Flatbreads recipe by Rebel Recipes is a plant-based heaven. In this wholesome vegan dish, beautifully spiced green lentil and spinach dal is served with gram flour and spinach flatbreads.
10. Protein Bread with Lentils
Bake yourself a loaf of this amazing Protein Bread with Lentils by Ela Vegan. This healthy lentil bread made with a wholesome mix of lentils, ground oats, chickpea flour and seeds is a must-try recipe.
11. Green Lentil Salad
This Meditteranean-style Green Lentil Salad by A Pinch of Healthy is perfect for spring and summer parties and barbecues. In this recipe, green lentils are teamed with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives, green onion, fresh dill and parsley and tossed with a simple vinaigrette.
12. Baked Lentil Falafel
In love with falafels? Make yourself this amazing Baked Lentil Falafel by Darn Good Veggies. Packed with mega flavor, green lentils, spinach, cilantro, mint, lemon and garlic these can be whizzed up in the food processor in no time.
13. One-Pot Lentils and Quinoa with Spinach
Feel satisfied with a large bowl of this delicious One-Pot Lentils and Quinoa with Spinach by Simply Quinoa. This comforting nourishing protein-rich dish is packed with plant-based goodness.
14. Vegan Slow Cooker Lentil Tacos
These fabulous Vegan Slow Cooker Lentil Tacos by The Natural Nurturer is a delicious plant-based tacos recipe you will want to make again and again. Easy, flavorful and family-friendly, what’s not to love?
15. Creamy One Pot Curried Lentils and Quinoa
Treat yourself to this nourishing Creamy One Pot Curried Lentils and Quinoa by Yup, it’s Vegan. In this yummy recipe, green lentils are simmered with quinoa, spices and leafy greens and finished with coconut milk and lime juice.
16. Deep Green Lentil Stew with Spinach, Tahini and Lemon
This wholesome Deep Green Lentil Stew with Spinach, Tahini and Lemon by The First Mess makes a comforting vegan meal. Cooked with green lentils, spinach, herbs, citrus and spice this delicious bowl of goodness is served with gremolata and fresh herbs.
17. Vegan Lentil Meatballs
Who fancies these healthy Vegan Lentil Meatballs by A Saucy Kitchen? This delicious plant-based recipe made with a grain-free mix of green lentils, flax eggs, Italian seasoning, tamari and ground almonds is served with marinara sauce.
18. Vegan Lentil Stuffed Peppers
These tasty Vegan Lentil Stuffed Peppers by Vibrant Plate make such a hearty meal. In this recipe, peppers are filled with seasoned green lentils and rice mix and baked in a rich tomato sauce until golden brown and served with mashed potatoes.
19. Roasted Vegetable Lentil Salad
This rustic Roasted Vegetable Lentil Salad by Running on Real Food is the perfect comfort food for cooler months. This nourishing meal features rosemary and thyme roasted vegetables tossed with lentils, hemp seeds and a drizzle of balsamic sauce.
20. Butternut Squash, Chickpea and Lentil Moroccan-Spiced Stew
Get all cozy with this flavorsome Butternut Squash, Chickpea and Lentil Moroccan-Spiced Stew by Ambitious Kitchen. In this recipe, green lentils are simmered with spices, chickpeas and butternut squash making this dish a healthy plant-based dinner for the whole family.
21. The Best Lentil Soup
You can never have enough healthy vegan soup recipes up your sleeve. The Best Lentil Soup by Nora Cooks is a delicious nourishing soup made with fresh veggies, bold spices and plenty of protein-rich lentils.
22. Vegan Carrot Muffins with Lentils
These Vegan Carrot Muffins with Lentils by The Natural Nurturer are packed with green lentils. And with the addition of carrots and chocolate chips, they make a delicious kid-friendly grab-and-go healthy breakfast or snack.