35 Easy Vegan Lentil Recipes

By Alexandra Caspero on August 5, 2021
Whether you're just start to eat more plants or you're a seasoned pro–this list shows you all the great ways lentils can be used in the kitchen.

I think you’re really going to like this list of super-easy vegan lentil recipes. Nutrient-rich and satisfying, these everyday vegan meals are great for anyone looking for comforting, satisfying, and simple meals. 

These recipes are also great for meal prep because they’re easy to double and reheat for later. From lasagna to tacos, this list of lazy vegan recipes features some of my very favorite selections. These recipes have been made over and over again as they are definite staples in my household. 

Family-friendly and approved by even the pickiest eaters, I keep these lentil recipes around whenever I need some new inspiration in the kitchen. There are so many different types of ways to cook lentils, and I’m so happy to share all the ways with you. 

You’re going to love these vegan lentil recipes because the majority of these recipes can be frozen for later use. If you know you’re not going to be able to cook dinner for a while, then make a batch of these recipes and enjoy them as freezer meals for dinner on the table ASAP. 

The Best Easy Vegan Lentil Recipes 

Marinated Lentil Salad Recipe | Vegan

This vegan French lentil salad is incredible! Full of protein and fiber, these lentils are tossed with a quick tangy lemon dressing and the perfect option for a quick and easy lunch. 

Meal Prep Tip 

Make a double batch of this lentil salad to last you throughout the week. This salad is a great option for lunch or dinner!

bowl of vegan coconut curry lentils

Spicy Coconut Curry Lentils | Vegan

This spicy coconut veg curry recipe is packed with bright spices and flavors! Full of protein and great for whenever you’re craving your favorite Indian dish from your favorite Indian restaurant. Perfectly tender and filled with nutrient-rich veggies such as carrots, sweet potatoes, cilantro, and onion. 

Meal Prep Tip

If you want to meal prep this recipe, it couldn’t be any easier! Just double the ingredients and cook until the lentils are tender! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for four to five days. 

two tacos with lentils, guacamole, and jalapeño

Vegan Lentil Tacos | Vegan 

These savory vegan lentil tacos are packed with flavor! The perfect way to celebrate Taco Tuesday or any other occasion, these plant-based tacos are full of nutrients and plant protein. 

Meal Prep Tip

Meal prep this taco meat by making a double batch. You can use this lentil taco meat for burritos, taco salads, soups, enchiladas, breakfast tacos, and much more. 

one bowl of spicy red lentils with rice and spoon

Spicy Red Lentils and Rice | Vegan

Spicy red lentils and rice are the best way to squeeze in some spicy and savory flavors! Naturally gluten-free and vegan, you will love this protein-filled dish. If you love Indian dal, then you will really like this recipe!

Meal Prep Tip

Double the batch and save the rest for an easy weekday lunch or dinner! Serve these lentils with cauliflower rice, burritos, naan bread, and much more!

detox lentil soup

Freezer Meal Detox Lentil Soup | Vegan | Pinch of Yum

What better way is there to wind down with dinner other than lentils? These hearty lentils are made with potatoes, garlic, and butternut squash for a combination that is flavorful, robust, and filled with protein. 

Meal Prep Tip

To meal prep this recipe, just double the ingredients and save the leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator. You can also make a bunch of this soup by storing several bags of the soup ingredients in the freezer until ready to use. 

lentils with orange peels and avocado chunks

Orange Lentil Salad with Avocado | Vegan

Bright and flavorful, this lentil salad is perfect for any time of the year! Made with ripe avocado, orange juice, and shallots, this flavorsome meal is great for brunch, lunch, or dinner. 

Double Batch 

Make a double batch of this orange lentil salad by doubling the ingredients. Store the leftovers in the refrigerator to enjoy for up to five days. 

nicoise lentil salad with tomatoes, green beans, and potatoes

Vegan Lentil Niçoise Salad | Vegan

This lentil niçoise salad couldn’t be any yummier! The perfect option for whenever you are wanting something bright and tangy. Made with potatoes, vegetables, and a shallot dressing for a well-rounded salad. 

Bulk Prep 

Make a batch of this salad to last you throughout the week! Store in the refrigerator and simply pull the salad out whenever you’re ready to enjoy it again. 

lentil walnut vegan taco meat in pan with spoon

Lentil Walnut Taco Meat | Vegan

Want to make a batch of this vegan taco meat to keep around? This recipe couldn’t be easier! Made with your favorite taco spices, these lentils are the perfect option for whenever you’re craving Mexican food. 

Meal Prep Tip

Double the ingredients and prepare these lentils for any of your taco salads, tacos, quesadillas, burritos, and much more. Store the lentils in the refrigerator for up to four days. 

lentil masala with wooden spoon

Vegan Lentil Masala | Vegan

This vegan lentil masala is loaded with spices and comforting flavors you will love! Now you can make your favorite Indian dish at home with this simple recipe. Tender lentils, garam masala, ground coriander, and much more allow this easy recipe to shine. 

Meal Prep Tip

Make a double batch of these lentils to keep around the house throughout the week. These lentils will last in the refrigerator for up to four days! 

Vegan Butter Lentils and Potatoes | Vegan

Inspired by Indian chicken, this totally vegan recipe is delicious and filled with aromatic spices you will love! Tender and hearty, this recipe is great for easy weeknights or whenever you’re craving something Indian. 

lentil loaf on white plate with spinach

Lentil Loaf Recipe  | Vegan

The perfect option for whenever you’re craving something comforting and full of veggies, you will love this lentil loaf recipe! Fitting for holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, this comfort meal is super easy to prepare and full of protein. 

Meal Prep Tip

Double the ingredients and make an extra loaf of this recipe for whenever you need dinner ready ASAP. This lentil loaf is freezer-friendly, too, which means it is the ultimate freezer meal! 

vegan lentil nachos with quick cheese sauce on pan

Lentil Nachos with Cheese Sauce | Vegan 

In the mood for something delicious? These “cheesy” nachos are hearty and filled with delicious flavors! Perfect for game days, birthdays, movie nights, and so much more–these lentil nachos are satisfying and loaded with protein! 

bolognese in bowl with spoon

Eggplant Lentil Bolognese | Vegan 

This roasted eggplant bolognese is one of my very favorite recipes. Inspired by a trip to Italy, this recipe is full of rich flavors and consists of an oh, so good sauce. Whenever you’re craving some pasta, this recipe is the perfect fit! 

Double Batch

Prepare a bigger batch by doubling the ingredients and cooking until the lentils are tender. Save the leftovers whenever you’re needing something quick and easy for dinner–all you’ll have to do is boil the pasta! 

three tacos with lime

Instant Pot Lentil and Walnut Tacos | Vegan

These Instant Pot tacos are made with nutty walnuts and tender lentils with all of the classic taco spices. This recipe is best served with fresh cilantro, onions, jalapeños, tomatoes–you name it. Perfect for Taco Tuesday or birthday nights! 

Meal Prep Tip 

Make a double of this taco filling and serve it in your next burrito, taco salad, or casserole. These tacos are even better the next day! 

flatbread with lentils and sauce

Flatbread Lentil Sandwiches 

These vegan sandwiches are full of fresh plant-based flavors you will love and enjoy. Fresh cabbage, cilantro, parsley, garlic, lemon, and much more are combined with a hearty lentil mixture and served on top of a piece of soft flatbread. These sandwiches are great for lunch or dinner!

Batch Prep

Make a batch of these sandwiches when you want dinner to be ready within minutes. If your weeks are busy, I highly encourage meal and batch prepping! 

vegan spinach lasagna on white plate

Spinach Lentil Lasagna | Vegan 

This lasagna is hearty, savory, and tender–full of tomatoes, spinach, covered in a robust sauce that is comforting and perfect for any family meal. You will love how easy to prep this lasagna is, too! 

Double Prep

Make an extra batch of this lasagna and freeze the rest until ready to enjoy. This lasagna is the ultimate freezer-meal and is great for whenever you’re not wanting to make an entire batch of lasagna. 

lentil tacos with roasted cauliflower on plate

Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos 

Get your veggie fix with these savory tacos. Served with roasted cauliflower and lentils that have been cooked with cumin, paprika, chili powder, and onion, these tacos are full of bold flavors and great for any easy weeknight dinner. 

lentil lemon soup in white bowl with lemon wheels

Lemon and Lentil Soup

Great for whenever you’re just wanting something smooth and comforting, this lentil and lemon soup is made with carrots, onions, garlic, and vegetable broth for a delicious flavor you will love. Nutrient-dense and high in fiber, this soup is so good! 

Meal Prep Tip 

This lentil soup is perfect for bulk prepping and freezing the rest for later! If you know you’re not going to be doing a lot of cooking, then make a larger batch of this soup to eat on for a while!

two bowls of lasagna lentil soup

Slow Cooker Lentil Lasagna Soup

Loaded with fresh zucchini, onion, carrots, and garlic, this slow cooker soup is comforting and great for whenever you’re looking for something comforting, but filled with healthy nutrients at the same time. You will love how easy this soup is!

red lentil curry soup in white bowl with limes

Red Lentil Curry Soup

Curry, ginger, sweet potatoes, and lentils make up the tasty flavors of this comforting soup. Great enough to enjoy any time of the year whenever you’re craving something extra cozy with a little bit of spice. 

Meal Prep Tip 

Make a double batch of this lentil curry soup so you can have some to enjoy whenever you’re not in the mood to cook! The leftovers for this soup are even better and are great for whenever you’re wanting to keep things minimal, but healthy.

vegan bbq sandwich

BBQ Lentil Sandwich with Apple Slaw  

This tangy and sweet barbecue sandwich is perfect for anything that calls for good food! Made with BBQ sauce, carrots, onions, lentils, and much more for a yummy smoky sandwich that is filled with protein.

close up photo of spinach and lentil enchiladas on white plate with fork

Spinach Enchiladas 

Just use vegan cheese in this enchiladas recipe for an easy and delicious recipe! Did you know lentils could be used for this classic Mexican dish? Serve these enchiladas whenever you’re looking for something full of flavor and family-friendly! 

Freezer Tip 

Make a double batch of these enchiladas and stick the leftovers in the freezer for an easy freezer meal!

vegan shepherd's pie on white plate with fork

Shepherd’s Pie | Vegan

Enjoy this comfort meal made with a layer of mashed potatoes over a bed of nutrient-filled lentils and veggies. Balanced and wholesome, this family-friendly recipe is great for whenever you’re wanting something delicious and comforting on the table. Perfect for holidays!

vegan green rice burrito bowls in black bowl with fork and avocado

Rice Burrito Bowl

You’re going to love these delicious rice burrito bowls! Made with rice, avocado, roasted sweet potatoes, and fresh herbs, this delicious meal is perfect for an easy lunch or dinner.

Double Batch

Make more of this recipe by doubling the ingredients. This burrito bowl is perfect in burritos, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and much more!

sloppy joe on bun

Sloppy Joes

Who likes sloppy joes?! This classic recipe tastes just like your favorite old-fashioned sandwich, but it is totally vegan and made with lentils! Make a large batch of this sloppy joe mixture and enjoy with your favorite hamburger buns. 

Meal Prep Tip

Make a large batch of these sloppy joes by doubling the ingredients and freezing the rest. You’ll have sloppy joes ready to go all year long!

vegan burger with lentils and tahini on clear plate

Tahini Lentil Burgers

Refreshing and filled with bright ingredients such as carrots, cilantro, and tahini paste, these plant-based burgers are perfect for cookouts, birthday parties, BBQs, and much more!

lentil bolognese on white plate for vegan lentil recipes

Zucchini Noodles with Lentil Bolognese

This gluten-free meal is loaded with incredible flavors! Just like your favorite bolognese pasta dish, this lentil-based recipe is perfect when you’re craving Italian food. Ready in no time, you will love the classic flavors from this easy recipe!

Meal Prep Tip 

Make another batch of this lentil bolognese by doubling the ingredients and saving the rest for your easy weekday lunches! Serve over regular pasta or any type of zoodle for exponential flavor. vegan protein salad with lentils, avocado, tomato, mushrooms, and tempeh

The Great Big Vegan Salad

With 30 grams of protein, you will definitely want to make this salad. Made with lentils, tempeh, avocado, lentils, mushrooms, and some more healthy ingredients–you will love this nutrient-dense salad for lunch or dinner any day of the week. This salad is bright and hearty!

Greek lentil and potato salad in white bowl

Greek Lentil and Potato Salad

Made with fresh ingredients such as tender potatoes, mint, tomatoes, cucumber, and more for classic Greek flavors–this lentil and potato salad is wholesome and contains the tangy flavors you love all thanks to a citrus dressing. Omit the feta to keep it vegan! 

Meal Prep Tip 

Keep a batch of this salad in the refrigerator all week long by doubling the ingredients and keeping them in an airtight container. You will love how effortless this salad is when you’re hungry and wanting food ASAP.

vegan thanksgiving meatballs in white bowl with potatoes for list of vegan recipes

Thanksgiving Lentil Meatballs

Comforting and made with aromatic herbs such as sage, rosemary, thyme, and oregano, these Thanksgiving meatballs are just like your favorite Swedish meatballs, but even better and totally plant-based. The sauce is creamy and rich with flavors of subtle cherries and mushrooms. The perfect main course for any holiday! 

Batch Prep 

You can make a large batch of these meatballs and freeze them for a later date or keep them in the refrigerator if you intend to use them within a few days. These meatballs are great for meal prep!

one bowl with butternut squash curry

Roasted Butternut Squash Lentil Curry

This roasted butternut squash lentil curry is comforting, cozy, and creamy. Made with coconut milk, ginger, cumin, and other great spices, this curry is ridden with nutrients and contains classic Indian-style flavors that are oh, so good.

moroccan lentil soup in white bowl with lemon and herbs for list of vegan recipes

Moroccan Lentil Soup

This Moroccan lentil soup is tender and filled with fresh veggies such as celery, carrots, and onion. Aromatic ginger and saffron come together to create a combination of flavors that are unique and delicious. 

Meal Prep 

Make a batch of this lentil soup for meal prep. The leftovers will last in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. You can also freeze this soup by placing it in a freezer-safe container or bag and placing it in the freezer.

turmeric red lentil soup in white bowls for roundup of vegan lentil recipes

Turmeric Red Lentil Soup

Made with the golden ingredient known as turmeric, this red lentil soup is succulent and delicious. Made with fragrant spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and cumin, this soup is packed with flavor and comforting ingredients you will love.

lentil potato and sausage stew in white bowl with spoon for vegan lentil recipes

Lentil, Potato, and “Sausage” Stew

Craving something a little extra and comforting? This stew is made with vegan sausage and tender potatoes and lentils. The combination of these ingredients creates a delicious hearty stew that is healthy and full of ingredients that will warm you up on any day.

tuscan lentil soup with bread and spoon

Tuscan Lentil Soup

Basil, carrots, tomatoes, and crushed red pepper are just some of the ingredients in this savory Tuscan lentil soup. Make this comforting soup when your heart is set on classic Italian flavors–this recipe is simple and quite palatable. 

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Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Plant-Based Chef and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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