Plant Based Proteins are Delicious!
These Lentil Cakes are bursting with savory flavors, hearty texture and filled with healthy plant-based proteins!
These are easy to make and can be served, as I have here with a Tzatziki style minty yogurt sauce and a salad, or try them also as vegan burger patties in a bun or in a pita pocket like a falafel.
I use pre-cooked lentils to make this a super-fast dinner option, but it only takes about 30 minutes more to cook your lentils from scratch instead. If you do that, I would add some bay leaves and cook them in vegetable broth for another layer of flavor.
In this recipe I use traditional Greek flavors of oregano and garlic, but you can BE BRAVE and change up the flavors adding a curry powder flavor and serving with a tomato chutney, or using a smoky spice mix in the lentil patties and serving with a lemon aioli sauce.
Either way, you will be rewarded with a powerful punch of plant-based protein, fabulous taste, and a filling, easy and healthy meal.
Greek Lentil Cakes with Minty Tzatziki Sauce
For Lentil Cakes
1 ½ tablespoons O&V Garlic EVOO (plus more to sauté the cakes) *
½ cup minced yellow onion
1 ½ tablespoon minced garlic (4-5 medium cloves)
¾ cup old-fashioned rolled oats (use a gluten free version if you like)
1 tablespoon O&V Red Wine vinegar *
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1 tablespoon minced jalapeño (optional for heat)
1 (17.6 oz) package of steamed brown lentils
½ teaspoon salt (more to taste)
Pepper to taste
4 cups baby arugula or baby spinach
1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
1 ½ tablespoons O&V Unflavored EVOO *
Salt and Pepper to taste
¾ cup sour cream or plain whole milk Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon O&V Tzatziki Dip mix *
1 tablespoon Lemon juice
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint (plus more for garnish)
Make Lentil Cakes
Heat 1 ½ tablespoons of oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes till translucent and fragrant. Remove from heat.
Place the onion and garlic mixture, rolled oats, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper to taste, eggs and lentils in a food processor. Pulse 3 or 4 times to coarsely chop the lentils and combine the ingredients.
Shape mixture into 12 patties. Heat another 2 tablespoons of Garlic oil in a clean skillet and cook the patties for 2-3 minutes on each side. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your skillet. Remove and keep warm
Mix the Garden Herb or Marc de Champagne vinegar with the unflavored olive oil in a bowl till it emulsifies. Add the spinach/arugula and tomatoes, and toss well. Season with salt and pepper
Place the Tzatziki dip mix in a bowl and add the lemon juice. Let sit for 5 minutes (add a sprinkle of water if the herbs still look dry). Add the sour cream/yogurt and mint and mix well. Drizzle in the Lemon EVOO
Divide the salad amongst 4 plates. Place 3 lentil cakes on each plate. Serve the cakes with the minty tzatziki sauce for dipping or drizzle some over the cakes and serve the remainder on the side in a bowl. Serve with a lemon wedge.
Active Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes
* The Garlic EVOO adds a nice layer of flavor to the Lentil Cakes. You can substitute with a little more minced garlic and use a good quality unflavored EVOO instead. I love the tang of our Cabernet Red Wine vinegar, another high-end red wine vinegar may be substituted.
* Our Lemon EVOO adds a really fabulous zing to this sauce that complements the lentil cakes really well. Add additional lemon juice to your sauce if using an unflavored EVOO. The Tzatziki dip mix is amazing with its garlicky and herby flavors. Email me if you would like a homemade substitute instead.
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