35 Easy Vegan Lentil Recipes

By Alexandra Caspero on April 16, 2023
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.

Nutrient-rich and satisfying, these easy vegan lentil recipes 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. 

35. 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. 

Get the recipe: Marinated Lentil Salad Recipe

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!

34. Spicy Coconut Curry Lentils | Vegan

bowl of vegan coconut curry lentils

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. 

Get the recipe: Spicy Coconut Curry Lentils

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. 

33. Vegan Lentil Tacos | Vegan 

Vegan Tacos with Lentils

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. 

Get the recipe: Vegan Lentil Tacos

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. 

32. Spicy Red Lentils and Rice | Vegan

one bowl of spicy red lentils with rice and spoon

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!

Make the recipe: Spicy Red Lentils

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!

31. Red Lentil Soup

Bowl of Lentil vegan Soup with Bread

This red lentil soup recipe is both vegan and gluten-free! A healthy, low-fat soup that’s cozy and simple and packed with 18g of plant-based protein per serving.

Make the recipe: Red Lentil Soup

30. Spicy Green Thai Curry Soup

Bowl of Green Lentil Soup with curry

If you love green curry, then you’ve gotta try this spicy Thai green curry soup option. Loaded with plant-based protein, vegan and easily gluten-free, this healthy soup is ready in less than 40 minutes.

Make the recipe: Spicy Thai Green Curry Soup

29. Vegan Lentil Bolognese | Vegan 

healthy lentil bolognese

Healthy lentil bolognese! You’ve gotta try this vegan lentil bolognese made with mushrooms, carrots, tomatoes and lentils.

Make the recipe: Vegan Lentil Bolognese

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 the sauce and freezing it until ready to use. 

28. Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Instant Pot Lentil Soup

The best Instant Pot Lentil Soup Recipe! Quick and easy to make, healthy and vegan. A must-save for weeknight meals.

Make the recipe: Instant Pot Lentil Soup

27. Orange Lentil Salad with Avocado | Vegan

lentils with orange peels and avocado chunks

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. 

Get the recipe: Orange Lentil Salad

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. 

26. Vegan Lentil Niçoise Salad | Vegan

nicoise lentil salad with tomatoes, green beans, and potatoes

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. 

Make the recipe: Vegan Lentil Niçoise Salad

Bulk Prep Tip

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. 

25. Lentil Walnut Taco Meat | Vegan

lentil walnut vegan taco meat in pan with spoon

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. 

Make the recipe: Lentil Walnut Taco Meat

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. 

24. Vegan Lentil Masala | Vegan

lentil masala with wooden spoon

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. 

Get the recipe: Vegan Lentil Masala

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! 

23. Lentil Loaf Recipe  | Vegan

lentil loaf on white plate with spinach

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. 

Get the recipe: Lentil Loaf

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! 

22. Lentil Nachos with Cheese Sauce | Vegan 

vegan lentil nachos with quick cheese sauce on pan

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! 

Make the recipe: Lentil Nachos with Cheese Sauce

21. Eggplant Lentil Bolognese | Vegan 

bolognese in bowl with spoon

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! 

Make the recipe: Eggplant Lentil Bolognese

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! 

20. Instant Pot Lentil and Walnut Tacos | Vegan

three tacos with lime

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! 

Make the recipe: Instant Pot Lentil and Walnut Tacos

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! 

19. Flatbread Lentil Sandwiches 

flatbread with lentils and sauce

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!

Get the recipe: Flatbread Lentil Sandwiches

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! 

18. Spinach Lentil Lasagna | Vegan 

vegan spinach lasagna on white plate

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! 

Make the recipe: Spinach Lentil Lasagna

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. 

17. Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos 

lentil tacos with roasted cauliflower on plate

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. 

Make the recipe: Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos

16. Lemon and Lentil Soup

lentil lemon soup in white bowl with lemon wheels

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! 

Make the recipe: Lemon Lentil Soup

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!

15. Slow Cooker Lentil Lasagna Soup

two bowls of lasagna lentil 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!

Make the recipe: Slow Cooker Lentil Lasagna Soup

14. Red Lentil Curry Soup

red lentil curry soup in white bowl with limes

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. 

Make the recipe: Red Lentil Curry Soup

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.

13. BBQ Lentil Sandwich with Apple Slaw  

vegan bbq sandwich

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.

Make the recipe: BBQ Lentil Sandwich 

12. Spinach Enchiladas 

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

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! 

Make the recipe: Spinach Enchiladas

Freezer Tip 

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

11. Shepherd’s Pie | Vegan

vegan shepherd's pie on white plate with fork

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!

Make the recipe: Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

10. Rice Burrito Bowl

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

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.

Make the recipe: Rice Burrito Bowl

Double Batch

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

9. Sloppy Lentil Joes

sloppy joe on bun

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 it with your favorite hamburger buns. 

Make the recipe: Lentil Sloppy Joes

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!

8. Tahini Lentil Burgers

vegan burger with lentils and tahini on clear plate

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!

Make the recipe: Tahini Lentil Burgers

7. The Great Big Vegan Salad

vegan protein salad with lentils, avocado, tomato, mushrooms, and tempeh

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!

6. Greek Lentil and Potato Salad

Greek lentil and potato salad in white bowl

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! 

Make the recipe: Lentil and Potato Salad

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.

5. Thanksgiving Lentil Meatballs

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

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! 

Make the recipe: Thanksgiving Lentil Meatballs

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!

4. Moroccan Lentil Soup

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

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. 

Make the recipe: Moroccan Lentil Soup

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.

3. Turmeric Red Lentil Soup

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

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.

Make the recipe: Turmeric Red Lentil Soup

2. Lentil, Potato, and Sausage Stew

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

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.

Make the recipe: Lentil, Potato and Sausage Stew

1. Tuscan Lentil Soup

tuscan lentil soup with bread and spoon

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. 

Make the recipe: Tuscan Lentil Soup

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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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