Do you ever wish more foods were reliably cheap, healthy and tasty? Good news -- lentils are all three. Overlooked by many a supermarket shopper, protein-rich lentils are faster than other types of dried legumes to prepare, and they easily absorb your favorite flavors from other foods and seasonings. And as a result, you can never really run out of ways to make them.

We're guessing lentils aren't a likely staple in your kitchen -- yet, that is. We've put together some incredible lentil recipes to get you started, from salads to stews and everything in between. You can find all 36 in the slideshow at the bottom, but you can check out a sneak peek below.

Lentil Veggie Burgers With Pomegranate Ketchup
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Vegetarians and carnivores alike will fall for this meatless burger -- especially its pomegranate ketchup.

Green Lentil Salad With Cucumber And Cumin And Lemon Vinaigrette
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Get the Green Lentil Salad with Cucumber and Cumin and Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

This lentil salad makes a perfect starter, side, or even main dish -- especially for eaters not fully satisfied by lettuce.

Lentil Soup with Crisp Pancetta
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Get the Lentil Soup with Crisp Pancetta Recipe by Verses from my Kitchen

Lentils are one of the best foods to add to your soups -- they make them heartier, more filling, and infinitely more delicious.

Want more? Check out all our favorite lentil dishes in the slideshow.

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  • Lentil Cakes Tikka Masala

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/17991-lentil-cakes-tikka-masala" target="_blank">Lentil Cakes Tikka Masala Recipe</a> by thirschfeld/Food52</strong>

  • Mushroom Lentil Rolls (Vegetarian Sausage Rolls)

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.ledelicieux.com/recipes/mushroom-lentil-rolls/" target="_blank">Mushroom Lentil Rolls (Vegetarian Sausage Rolls) Recipe</a> by Delicieux</strong>

  • Spicy Lentil Tart With Pomegranate And Mint

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.veggienumnum.com/2011/06/spicy-lentil-tart-w-pomegranate-mint/" target="_hplink">Spicy Lentil Tart with Pomegranate and Mint Recipe</a> by Veggie Num Num</strong>

  • Red Lentil Falafels

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.macheesmo.com/2013/09/red-lentil-falafels/" target="_blank">Red Lentil Falafels Recipe</a> by Macheesmo</strong>

  • Baked Salmon & Lentils

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/baked-salmon-and-lentils/" target="_blank">Baked Salmon & Lentils Recipe</a> by Gimme Some Oven</strong>

  • Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes & Spinach

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/lentil-soup-with-sweet-potatoes-spinach/" target="_blank">Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes & Spinach Recipe</a> by Two Peas & Their Pod</strong>

  • Lentil, Cilantro And Chili Salad With Warm Cauliflower Florets

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/lentil-cilantro-and-chil_n_1057584.html" target="_hplink">Lentil, Cilantro and Chili Salad with Warm Cauliflower Florets Recipe</a></strong>

  • Lentil Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, Parsley and Almonds

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://bevcooks.com/2013/01/lentil-salad-with-roasted-red-peppers-parsley-and-almonds/" target="_blank">Lentil Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, Parsley and Almonds Recipe</a> by Bev Cooks</strong>

  • Lentil Veggie Burgers With Pomegranate Ketchup

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/veggie-burgers-with-pomeg_n_1061058.html" target="_hplink">Lentil Veggie Burgers with Pomegranate Ketchup Recipe</a></strong>

  • Green-Lentil Curry

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/green-lentil-curry_n_1058427.html" target="_hplink">Green-Lentil Curry Recipe</a></strong>

  • Lentil and Zucchini Tacos with a Chipotle Cream Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://bevcooks.com/2012/08/lentil-and-zucchini-tacos-with-a-chipotle-cream-sauce/" target="_blank">Lentil and Zucchini Tacos with a Chipotle Cream Sauce Recipe </a>by Bev Cooks</strong>

  • Bulgur And Lentils

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/bulgur--lentils_n_1062560.html" target="_hplink">Bulgur and Lentils Recipe</a></strong>

  • Vegan Lentil Chili With Roasted Red Peppers, Olives And Green Onion

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2012/01/recipe-for-vegan-lentil-chili-with.html" target="_hplink">Vegan Lentil Chili with Roasted Red Peppers, Olives and Green Onion Recipe</a> by Kalyn's Kitchen</strong>

  • Lentil Veggie Balls

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/15/veggie-balls_n_1151673.html" target="_hplink">Lentil Veggie Balls Recipe</a></strong>

  • Stuffed Vegetables With Lentils, Rice, Pine Nuts And Parsley

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/stuffed-vegetables-with-l_n_1057506.html" target="_hplink">Stuffed Vegetables with Lentils, Rice, Pine Nuts and Parsley Recipe</a></strong>

  • Birbal Kee Khitcheree

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/06/birbal-kee-khitcheree_n_1324382.html" target="_hplink">Birbal Kee Khitcheree Recipe</a></strong>

  • Farro And Lentils With Sauteed Kale And Trumpet Mushrooms

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://tastyeasyhealthygreen.com/?p=1327" target="_hplink">Farro and Lentils with Sauteed Kale and Trumpet Mushrooms Recipe</a> by Tasty Easy Healthy Green</strong>

  • Green Lentil Salad With Cucumber And Cumin And Lemon Vinaigrette

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/green-lentil-salad-with-c_n_1059864.html" target="_hplink">Green Lentil Salad with Cucumber and Cumin and Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe</a></strong>

  • Beef And Lentil Curry

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://bevcooks.com/2012/01/beef-and-lentil-curry/" target="_hplink">Beef and Lentil Curry Recipe</a> Bev Cooks</strong>

  • Very Green Lentil Soup

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/very-green-lentil-soup_n_1062559.html" target="_hplink">Very Green Lentil Soup Recipe</a></strong>

  • Spiced Eggplant-Lentil Salad With Mango

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/spiced-eggplant-lentil-sa_n_1062159.html" target="_hplink">Spiced Eggplant-Lentil Salad with Mango Recipe</a></strong>

  • Lentil Coconut Soup With Lentil Apple Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/lentil-coconut-soup-with-_n_1057264.html" target="_hplink">Lentil Coconut Soup with Lentil Apple Salad Recipe</a></strong>

  • Black Lentil And Bell Pepper With Mint Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/black-lentil-and-bell-pep_n_1061450.html" target="_hplink">Black Lentil and Bell Pepper with Mint Salad Recipe</a></strong>

  • Lentil Loaf

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.keepitsimplefoods.com/vegetarian/meatless-monday-meat-loaf/" target="_hplink">Lentil Loaf Recipe</a> by Keep It Simple Foods</strong>

  • Squash, Chickpea And Red Lentil Stew

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/squash-chickpea--red-le_n_1049445.html" target="_hplink">Squash, Chickpea and Red Lentil Stew Recipe</a></strong>

  • Warm Lentil Salad With Sausage And Apple

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/warm-lentil-salad-with-sa_n_1062568.html" target="_hplink">Warm Lentil Salad with Sausage and Apple Recipe</a></strong>

  • Dilled Lentil Soup With Mushrooms And Tomatoes

    <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/dilled-lentil-soup-with-m_n_1056852.html" target="_hplink"> Dilled Lentil Soup with Mushrooms and Tomatoes Recipe</a></strong>

  • Rice And Lentil Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/rice--lentil-salad_n_1062030.html" target="_hplink">Rice and Lentil Salad Recipe</a></strong>

  • Lentil Burgers

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/lentil-burgers_n_1062535.html" target="_hplink">Lentil Burgers Recipe</a></strong>

  • Lentil And Sun-Dried Pesto Salad With Roasted Peppers

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/lentil-and-sun-dried-pest_n_1057463.html" target="_hplink">Lentil and Sun-dried Pesto Salad with Roasted Peppers Recipe</a></strong>

  • Roasted Pumpkin, Lentil & Feta Pithivier

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.ledelicieux.com/recipes/roasted-pumpkin-lentil-feta-pithivier/" target="_blank">Roasted Pumpkin, Lentil & Feta Pithivier Recipe</a> by Delicieux</strong>

  • Lentil & Vegetable Stew

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://lemon-sugar.com/2013/01/lentil-vegetable-stew.html/" target="_blank">Lentil & Vegetable Stew Recipe</a> by Lemon Sugar</strong>

  • Spicy Lentil Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.macheesmo.com/2010/09/spicy-lentil-salad/" target="_blank">Spicy Lentil Salad Recipe</a> by Macheesmo</strong>

  • French Lentils With Roasted Roots, Caramelized Onions And Thyme

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/french-lentils-with-roast_n_1061280.html" target="_hplink">French Lentils with Roasted Roots, Caramelized Onions and Thyme Recipe</a></strong>

  • Lentil Soup with Crisp Pancetta

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.versesfrommykitchen.com/2012/09/fall-lentil-soup-with-crisp-pancetta.html" target="_blank">Lentil Soup with Crisp Pancetta Recipe</a> by Verses from my Kitchen</strong>

  • Lenticchie e Lonza {Lentils and Bacon}

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bellalimento.com/2011/01/07/lenticchie-e-lonza-lentils-and-bacon/" target="_blank">Lenticchie e Lonza {Lentils and Bacon} Recipe </a>by Bell'alimento</strong>