Recipe Box: Lentil Croquette Spinach Salad

lentil croquette on spinach salad

I don’t know about you, but in our household we sure love a quick and easy, tasty and healthy dinner for Monday nights. Did that descriptor leave you a bit winded too?

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Well, that’s about how it feels to race home after racing all day at work catching up on weekend communications. Monday is the day to just barrel through, chin up, smile fixed.  Monday nights are meant for quick and easy.

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Did you know there is also a whole movement of people who participate in “Meatless Mondays“? It’s kind of fabulous really. Our household is meat-friendly, but incorporating more vegetables and legumes into our everyday eating is something we take into account.

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I give you these lentil croquettes. Take note, these croquettes are not meant to be sandwiched between bread slices or a bun. Fork tender and served on a bed of spinach leaves with grilled onions, they make the salad! In fact, I really was playing against the idea of having breadcrumbs or grains as a binder. They are chock full of veggies and protein. I bet they would be delicious served atop couscous or steamed barley for a whole grain option.

how to make lentil croquettes

We found that our quick and easy dinner option became the ideal grab and go leftover the next day too…

how to make lentil croquettes

Lentil Croquette Spinach Salad

  • 1 carrot, minced
  • 1/2 zucchini, minced
  • 3 sweet peppers, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1 package cooked lentils from Trader Joes
  • 1 egg
  • cayenne, to taste
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 lb. organic spinach leaves, rinsed
Mash lentils with hands or you could use a food processor. Add spices and taste. Addegg to the lentil mixture and then fold in the minced vegetables. Mix.

Heat a medium sized saute pan for croquettes over medium high heat and add oil. Once the pan is hot, add two croquettes and saute for 2 minutes. Then flip and saute on the other side for 2 minutes. They should have a nice slightly charred crust on each side after being cooked.

Place fully cooked lentil croquettes on a paper towel covered plate, to help sop up some of the oil and dab the top with paper towel.

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Beck’s Caramelized Onions

  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 T Braggs apple cider vinegar

Heat saute pan for onions, over medium high heat. Add oil. Then add onion slices and garlic.

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Saute low and slow until the onions are almost translucent, about 4 minutes. Then add the apple cider vinegar to finish off the onions.

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Saute for 2 more minutes. Turn off heat and set aside.


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Dilly Mustard Sauce

  • 3 oz. plain sheep’s milk yogurt
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. whole grain mustard
  • 1/8 kosher salt
  • 2 T freshly chopped dill

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Whisk together sauce ingredients and set aside. Once lentil croquettes are ready, place croquette over bed of spinach, add caramelized onions and drizzle sauce.

~ Yields: 6 lentil croquettes


About Anneliesz

Food. Poetry. People. Art. If I was Julie Andrews singing her song, these would be some of my favorite things. My biggest food fail was something we'll call "Tuna Surprise," but that never kept me out of the kitchen. Cooking is my own playtime. While I'm not a chef and would never claim to be anything less than an experimenter of flavors and textures, I sure do love to feed people. Then there's my love of writing which commenced at a wee age over a talking pen named "Percy". I love rolling words around my tongue in different languages. Art camp taught me the importance of not having an eraser. Life is an adventure and one whose marrow I seek to suck as much out of as possible. Join me as I live my life en route.

7 responses to “Recipe Box: Lentil Croquette Spinach Salad

  1. Mmm, I love lentils and any kind of croquette! I especially like the short cut of the cooked lentils from Trader Joes. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Cindy

    I made this for tonight’s dinner. Can’t tell you how delicious! I wanted to eat an entire pan of the onions for one. My “croquettes” didn’t bind. Perhaps it was because I made lentils from scratch in chicken broth–think they weren’t dry enough when I added the veggies and egg. So, we’re calling this a crumble! It would be great in a pita. I also substituted the dill for mint as I have a container of it growing on my patio. The mint option was awesome as well. The whole thing reminded me a bit of a falafel. I will definitely make it again…and will eat the entire pan of the onions next time!

    • Hi Cindy,
      Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m sorry to hear they didn’t bind. I know when I have made them before, it results in a looser patty than say if I was making meatballs or burgers. It is one of the things I found that adding breadcrumbs would help with, but didn’t want to go that route mainly because we’re kind of going low gluten in our house (and I wanted to see how it would work out). I love the idea of mint (so greek!) and making this into a crumble. 🙂

  3. I love my lentils. Indian cooking is so incomplete with dhal (lentils) and your recipe is so simple yet looks so exotic.

    I am having a summer drink giveaway in my blog. Do check it out when you get a chance.

    • Hi Vijitha, Thanks for your comment. Dhal is something I am a big fan of personally as well as channa. I’ll check out your blog later. Enjoy the nice weather today.

  4. OK that mustard sauce looks perfect to put on so many things. Need to try it!

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