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Lentil Recipes

The following post about Lentils and Lentil Recipes is very dear to my heart because I live very near to the Palouse region which is referenced in this article.  The Palouse region encompassing parts of southeastern Washington, north central Idaho and south into northeast Oregon.  Major cities in this area are Moscow, Idaho and Pullman, Washington.

Lentil Recipes

Photo from Wikipedia

The Palouse is one of the largest growers of lentils (and chickpeas/garbanzo beans) in the United States.  Moscow is about 45 miles north from where I live.  I have always enjoyed driving to Moscow during the spring, summer and fall to watch the farming in the Palouse area between my home and Moscow.  The fields display interesting colors and patterns that I would imagine are spectacular viewing from the air!

Pullman, Washington hosts The National Lentil Festival every August.  The last one I attended featured numerous vendors of crafts, goodies and lentil products.  I especially enjoyed the free lentil chili samples that were giving away at the festival.  If you have never tasted lentils, or just want to learn more about lentils, this is the place to be in August!!

The featured article below contains the following recipes:

  • Shasta Lentil Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
  • Palouse Tabbouleh Salad
  • Mexican Lentils
  • Garbanzo Bean and Zucchini Salad

Influx of lentils:  New deal will bring Palouse-grown legumes to local stores

Lorie Hutson The Spokesman-Review

If wheat is king of the Palouse, then peas and lentils might be considered by some to be the court jester.

Long beloved by many but reviled by others, these humble rotation crops of the Palouse help farmers keep their land producing year after year. Now, a partnership between farmers and distributors is helping bring an array of Palouse-grown legumes to store shelves in the region.

Pacific Northwest Farmers Co-op and Davidson Commodities are working together to market the crops to customers close to home. For many years, the harvests were shipped off to soup and hummus makers. Now, the crops can be found in bulk bins and bags not far from the fields where they were grown


Please note that there are some non-Vegan ingredients in some of the recipes — mostly cheese which can be substituted.

If you are interested in more information about Peas and Lentils, check out the US Dry Pea & Lentil Council