Lentils are a versatile, nutritious, protein-rich food popular in many different cuisine styles. Is it any mystery then that Trader Joe’s stocks several different varieties of this healthy food? From steamed lentils to dry lentils to lentil soup, Trader Joe’s has all of their bases covered.
Keep reading to find out everything you ever wanted to know about Trader Joe’s Lentils.
Trader Joe’s carries several different varieties of lentils, from basic dry lentils to lentil soups and entrees. Keep reading to find out more about their different lentil varieties.
What Kind Of Lentils Does Trader Joe’s Have?
If one thing can be said about Trader Joe’s, it’s that they never carry just one variety of anything. Here is a list of all the different lentil varieties we found at Trader Joe’s:
- Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils
- Trader Joe’s Whole Green Lentils
- Trader Joe’s Red Split Lentils
- Trader Joe’s Indian Fare Madras Lentils
- Trader Joe’s Organic Lentil Vegetable Soup
How Much Are Lentils At Trader Joe’s?
Here, you will find a table listing the current prices for each variety of lentils at Trader Joe’s, as of 2022.
|Whole Green Lentils||$1.69|
|Split Red Lentils||$1.99|
|Indian Fare Madras Lentils||$2.29|
|Organic Lentil Vegetable Soup||$1.99|
What’s In Trader Joe’s Lentils?
Here, you will find the ingredients listed for each of the five varieties of Trader Joe’s Lentils.
|Steamed Lentils||Lentils, salt, and essential oils of clove, laurel, thyme, pepper, and garlic|
|Whole Green Lentils||Whole green lentils|
|Split Red Lentils||Split red lentils|
|Indian Fare Madras Lentils||Water, lentils, red kidney beans, onion, cream (milk), tomato paste, unsalted butter, sunflower oil, salt, ginger, cumin, red chili powder|
|Organic Lentil Vegetable Soup||Organic lentils, water, organic onions, organic carrots, organic potatoes, organic celery, organic spinach, organic tomato paste, organic green beans, sea salt, organic olive oil, organic brown rice flour, organic spices (black pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano), organic granulated garlic|
Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils packaging shown above
Trader Joe’s Whole Green Lentils packaging shown above
Trader Joe’s Lentil Nutrition
Here, you will find detailed information about the calories and nutrition for each of the five products discussed in this article.
|Steamed Lentils||Whole Green Lentils||Split Red Lentils||Indian Fare Madras Lentils||Organic Lentil Vegetable Soup|
|Serving size||½ cup||¼ cup||¼ cup||⅔ cup||1 can|
|Fat||0.5 g||1 g||0.5 g||6 g||2.5 g|
|Sodium||230 mg||15 mg||0||510 mg||700 mg|
|Protein||10 g||10 g||13 g||7 g||12 g|
|Fiber||6 g||10 g||15 g||5 g||9 g|
|Sugar||0||<1||1 g||1 g||4 g|
|Carbohydrates||21 g||30 g||30 g||17 g||36 g|
|Calcium||1% DV||0% DV||2% DV||4% DV||4% DV|
|Iron||10% DV||20% DV||20% DV||10% DV||20% DV|
|Potassium||4% DV||8% DV||10% DV||8% DV||4% DV|
As you can see from this chart, Trader Joe’s Lentil products are generally quite healthy, being universally low in sugar, fat, and cholesterol. Just make sure to pay attention to the sodium levels on some of these products, as they’re a little high on the soup and madras lentils.
The dry red lentils are particularly healthy, with no cholesterol or sodium whatsoever, plus super high fiber, protein, and vitamin and mineral content.
What Can You Do With Trader Joe’s Cooked Lentils?
Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils are a very versatile food and can be added to many different dishes. They’re particularly good for salads, as they are already cooked and stored cold. They can be added to salads as a topping or used as the base of a hearty salad and mixed with chopped vegetables, nuts, and spices.
Keep reading for some specific lentil recipe ideas from Trader Joe’s.
Recipes Using Trader Joe’s Lentils
Lentils are one of the most versatile foods out there and can be used for a wide variety of recipes, from hot, hearty soups to cool, refreshing salads. Here is a list of recipes we found from Trader Joe’s that incorporate their various lentil varieties:
- Trader Joe’s Lentil Fajita Tacos with Zhoug Crema
- Trader Joe’s Chicken Sausage & Lentil Soup
- Trader Joe’s 1 Minute Lentil Salad
- Trader Joe’s Balsamic Lentil Sauté
- Trader Joe’s Spring Lentil Salad
You can also try this popular 3-Ingredient Trader Joe’s Lentil Salad from Alexandra’s Kitchen.
Trader Joe’s Lentils Review
Trader Joe’s Grocery Reviews calls Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils some of the better tasting lentils they’ve tried and raves about the fact they require zero preparation. Simply open the packaging and serve!
Here are some other reviews of TJ’s Steamed Lentils from abillion.com:
Does Trader Joe’s sell dried lentils?
Yes. Trader Joe’s sells two different varieties of dried lentils: whole green lentils and split red lentils.
How long do Trader Joe’s cooked lentils last?
Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils should be used within 2 days of opening. Please reference the expiration date on the packaging to find out how long they will last before opening. Lastly, these cooked lentils should always be stored in the refrigerator, even when they are completely sealed.
Does Trader Joe’s have canned lentils?
Yes. Trader Joe’s sells organic lentil soup in a can.
Does Trader Joe’s have French lentils?
Yes. Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils are made with French lentils.
Are Trader Joe’s Lentils gluten-free?
Yes. Lentils are naturally gluten free.
Personally, lentils are one of my favorite foods. I grew up in Washington State, where most of the domestic lentils in the US are grown, so maybe I’m biased. But they’re just so delicious! They have a rich, nutty, almost meaty flavor, which makes them perfect as a source of protein, especially for vegans or anyone trying to avoid too much meat in their diet. Head over to Trader Joe’s today to try a pack of their famous steamed lentils!