Wild Rice Lentils and Caramelized Onions

Wild Rice Lentils and Caramelized Onions.  This easy recipe is big on flavor even though it has a small ingredient list.


Every Christmas Day, we have lunch at a Middle Eastern restaurant.  Our family celebrates on Christmas Eve, leaving Christmas Day free.  This recipe is inspired by a dish we have there.  Since my mother in law is Turkish, she gave us her version.


Wild Rice Lentils and Caramelized Onions


This healthy recipe is vegan and gluten free.  I cooked the lentils and rice separate, but I bet you can cook them together to save a step. If anyone tries in the instant pot, I’d love to know the results!


Wild Rice Lentils and Caramelized Onions


Everything is better with caramelized onions, right?  If you don’t want to use wild rice, you can use brown instead.  My mother in law used basmati in her version.  I used wild rice because I think the nutty flavor pairs well with the green lentils.


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Wild Rice Lentils and Caramelized Onions

Wild Rice Lentils and Caramelized Onions

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 25-30 minutes Serves 4-5     adjust servings



  • 3/4 cup green lentils
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 2 cups finely chopped onions
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T olive oil


In a small saucepan, add the green lentils and water.  Bring to a boil, then turn down, cover and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed. Set aside.

Cook the rice according to the package instructions. While the rice is cooking, add the onions, garlic and oil to a large saute pan. Cook the onions down for 5-7 minutes, or until they look caramelized.

Once the onions are caramelized, add the lentils and cook together for 1-2 minutes.  Once the rice is done, add it to the saucepan as well.  Lastly, add the sea salt to taste.


Recipe Notes

This should last about 5 days in the fridge.  Enjoy!


Wild Rice Lentils and Caramelized Onions

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