Delicious Vegan Lentil Pate Recipe for Your Next Dinner

Welcome friends! I am thrilled to share with you my delectable recipe for Vegan Lentil Pate. This is not just any ordinary pate, this is a plant-based version of the renowned Faux Gras (also known as Foie Gras) that will have your taste buds dancing with joy!

I understand that many of you may feel skeptical about the idea of replacing such a long-standing delicacy with its vegan alternative. However, I promise this recipe will not disappoint you. Not only does it have rich and indulgent flavors, but it is also cruelty-free and environmentally conscious.

As a vegan chef, my mission is to show people that plant-based cooking can be just as mouth-watering and satisfying as any animal-based dish. This Lentil Pate recipe is one perfect example of that – and I’m excited for you to try it.

So let’s get started on creating this delicious texture-filled, meat-free, Lentil Pate AKA Faux Gras recipe that will leave everyone feeling fully satisfied!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Vegan Lentil Pate (Aka Faux Gras)
Vegan Lentil Pate (Aka Faux Gras)

Buckle up, folks – I’m about to share with you a recipe that is sure to knock your socks off. This vegan lentil pate, also known as “faux gras,” is not only incredibly flavorful and satiating but also a fantastic choice for those who are health-conscious or follow a plant-based diet.

One of the reasons you’ll love this recipe is that it hits all the right notes when it comes to taste and texture. It’s rich, savory, and slightly nutty due to the addition of toasted walnuts, which complement the earthy flavor of green lentils perfectly. Dried tarragon adds a touch of floral sweetness to the mix, while aromatic bay leaves and caramelized onions take it up a notch in terms of depth and complexity.

But fear not – this lentil pate isn’t just suited for taste buds that crave indulgent flavors. It’s also packed with nutrients that will leave you feeling nourished and energized. Green lentils are an excellent source of plant-based protein, fiber, iron, and folate, making them a dietary powerhouse. Paired with walnuts’ nutritional yeast – which are also chock-full of vitamins and minerals – this vegan lentil pate provides everything your body needs to thrive without sacrificing flavor.

Lentil pate is also an incredibly versatile dish – it works well as a snack or appetizer when spread on crackers or crusty bread, but can also be served as a light lunch on top of a bed of greens or sliced vegetables. Its creamy texture and satisfying flavor make it an ideal alternative to traditional liver pate or foie gras for those who prefer plant-based options.

So there you have it – if you’re looking for a delicious yet nutritious addition to your culinary repertoire, look no further than this vegan lentil pate recipe aka faux gras. Trust me; your taste buds (and your body) will thank you!

Ingredient List

Smooth and rich vegan lentil pate
Smooth and rich vegan lentil pate

Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients you’ll need to make this vegan lentil pate.

| Quantity | Ingredients |
| — | — |
| 1 cup | green lentils, picked and rinsed |
| 1 sweet onion, diced |
| 3 garlic cloves, minced |
| 1 bay leaf |
| 2 tablespoons | olive oil |
| 2 portobello mushrooms, sliced (optional) |
| 1/2 cup | raw cashews soaked overnight in water or boiled for 10 minutes |
| 1/4 cup | water |
| 1 tsp | dried tarragon |
| Salt and black pepper to taste |

For a nuttier taste and crunchier texture, toasted walnuts can be substituted for some or all of the cashews. Nutritional yeast can also be added to give the pate a slightly cheesy flavor without any dairy.

All the ingredients can be found at your local grocery store or health food store. And as always, look for organically sourced and non-GMO products whenever possible.

The Recipe How-To

Perfect appetizer for any party occasion
Perfect appetizer for any party occasion

Step 1: Prepare the Lentils and Onions

To start, add 1 cup of green lentils to a pot with 2 cups of water, along with 1 bay leaf. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the lentils are tender but not mushy.

While the lentils cook, heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add 1 sweet onion, diced, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened and starting to caramelize.

Finally, add 3 minced garlic cloves to the pan and cook for another minute. Set aside once done.

Step 2: Prepare the Cashew Cream

In a blender or food processor, add 1 cup of raw cashews and ½ cup of water. Blend until completely smooth and creamy.

Step 3: Combine Ingredients

Once the lentils are done cooking and have cooled down a bit, remove the bay leaf and transfer them to a large mixing bowl. Add in the cooked onion mixture you set aside earlier, along with the prepared cashew cream.

Season with salt and black pepper to your taste. Then, add in a teaspoon of dried tarragon herb as well as any other herbs or spices you may like.

Step 4: Process in Food Processor

Transfer the mixture into a food processor and blend until it reaches a smooth consistency. You can leave some texture if you prefer.

Add extra olive oil or water as needed to achieve your desired texture. Remember that this vegan lentil pate should not be too thick nor too runny.

Step 5: Cool Down and Serve

When ready, transfer your vegan lentil pate into ramekins or jars and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.

You can also serve this immediately if you like it at room temperature. Enjoy this faux gras spread with crackers, toasted bread or fresh veggies for dipping!

Substitutions and Variations

Enjoy on crackers or fresh baguette
Enjoy on crackers or fresh baguette

While this vegan lentil pate recipe is already a delicious dish, there are many substitutions and variations you can make to it to suit your personal taste preferences.

If you’re looking for a nut-free option or have an allergy, the cashews can be replaced with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds for a similar creamy texture. Additionally, some people prefer to use walnuts instead of cashews due to their higher nutritional content.

For those who don’t have access to dried tarragon, rosemary or thyme are great alternatives that will also give the dish an herbal flavor.

Want to add more earthy flavors? Try adding finely diced portobello mushrooms to the mix – this will bring out extra depth and richness in the lentil pate.

If you prefer a sweeter touch, feel free to caramelize more onions than listed in the recipe and mix them into the pate. This will add another layer of sweetness and richness without having to add any sugar.

For those who love spice, minced jalapeños or red pepper flakes can be added to elevate the flavors.

Lastly, if you’re feeling bold and want to try a “mock chopped liver” version of this dish, experiment with adding sautéed beetroot or roasted eggplants to simulate that authentic liver texture. The possibilities are endless!

Serving and Pairing

Who says pate has to be made with animal products?
Who says pate has to be made with animal products?

One of the things I love about this vegan lentil pate recipe is the sheer versatility it offers in terms of serving and pairing options. It’s perfect for everything from snacking to entertaining, and can be paired with a wide range of foods to suit any occasion or taste.

If you’re looking for a quick snack, spread this faux gras on a piece of crusty bread or toast for a truly tantalizing treat. For an elegant appetizer, serve it up with some crackers, fresh vegetables, or fruit. You can also use it as a delicious sandwich spread or mix it into your favorite dip for added richness.

As for pairing options, this vegan lentil pate tastes great with not only bread but also with fresh fruits like apple slices, pears or grapes. Another good pairing option is vegetable crudites such as carrot sticks and celery sticks.

For those who like something stronger, a glass of red wine makes an excellent complement to its bold flavors make its umami flavors stand out even more. And if you are feeling adventurous, try serving it alongside other vegan charcuterie options like plant-based cheese boards and mock meats.

In short, the possibilities are endless when it comes to serving and pairing this flavorful vegan lentil pate recipe. Try experimenting with different pairings to find your favorite combinations and impress your guests with an unforgettable culinary experience!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

One bite and you won't miss the meat
One bite and you won’t miss the meat

Making the Vegan Lentil Pate (aka Faux Gras) is a labor of love. It requires patience, attention to detail, and time. That’s why it’s always a good idea to make a larger batch that you can store in your fridge or freezer and enjoy any time you crave some heavenly elegant pâté on toasted bread or crackers.

To store the Vegan Lentil Pate (aka Faux Gras) properly, it’s best to let it cool at room temperature first before transferring it into an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to three months.

To reheat, simply transfer your desired amount into a serving dish and microwave for 30 seconds or until warmed through. Alternatively, you can place the Pate in a heatproof dish and warm it up in the oven under low heat for 10-15 minutes.

Additionally, if you have some leftover mushrooms from making the recipe, you can sauté them with some garlic and olive oil and serve them as a side dish to your Pate. This way, nothing goes to waste and your taste buds are rewarded with additional delicious flavors.

Remember that cooled and reheated Vegan Lentil Pate (aka Faux Gras) can sometimes become thicker in consistency. But don’t worry, as long as you mix it well before spreading or serving it, that perfect texture will return. Enjoy!

Tips for Perfect Results

Satisfy your cravings without harming animals
Satisfy your cravings without harming animals

Preparing a vegan lentil pate may seem daunting at first, but with these tips, you can easily achieve perfect results. Here are some tips that can ease your cooking process and make your pate the star of your dinner party.

Firstly, don’t forget to season your pate with herbs and spices. Dried tarragon or black pepper will add a delicate flavor to your lentil pate. You can also add other herbs as per your taste like rosemary, thyme or oregano.

Secondly, if you want to boost the nutty flavor in the lentil pate recipe, you can opt for roasted nuts instead of raw ones. Toasted walnuts will give an extra layer of aroma to the dish.

Thirdly, mind the onion cooking time: overcooked onions will produce sweetness that may overshadow the nutty and earthy flavors. Therefore, caramelized onions are preferred over burnt and bitter onions.

Fourthly, consistency is key. Make sure all ingredients are properly combined giving your pate a smooth and velvety texture by processing it in a food processor for at least 5 minutes, scraping down the sides occasionally.

Fifthly and finally, let the pate rest before serving it to allow all the flavors to meld together properly. Serve chilled or at room temperature depending on personal preference, alongside toasted bread or crackers.

By following these tips, you’ll create an appetizing vegan lentil pate that even meat-eaters will salivate over. Enjoy creating this plant-based version of a classic French delicacy!


Before you try out the Vegan Lentil Pate (Aka Faux Gras) recipe, I would like to take a moment to address some common questions that you may have about this dish. Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers to help ensure a seamless experience in the kitchen!

What is faux foie gras made of?

Faux Gras is a vegan alternative to the controversial foie gras. It’s made using a combination of lentils, caramelized onions, and toasted walnuts. The end result is a luxurious and creamy spread that closely resembles the real thing.

Is Faux Gras Regal vegan?

One dish that caught my attention and left a lasting impression was called “Faux Gras” and was created by The Regal Vegan. This dish is a gluten-free, all natural pate made from toasted walnuts and lentils that is delightfully rich and creamy. What’s more, it is loaded with protein, fiber, and omega-3s, making it an incredibly nutritious and satisfying spread.

How to make foie gras?

Preparing your foie gras is a crucial step to ensure a delicious final dish. Begin by gently scoring the slices on both sides and generously seasoning them with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Next, heat up a dry skillet on high heat and sear both sides for about half a minute. A quick tip: be sure not to overcook the foie gras as it will lose its delicate texture. Once cooked to perfection, add a pinch of coarse salt on each slice before serving. This will bring out the flavors and add an extra burst of savory goodness to your dish.

Is foie gras vegan?

Our recipes are always vegan-friendly, so you won’t find any foie gras here. However, we’ve created a cruelty-free alternative that’s just as tasty.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Vegan Lentil Pate (aka Faux Gras) recipe is a must-try for anyone looking for a healthy and sustainable alternative to traditional liver pate. By using plant-based ingredients like green lentils, cashews, and portobello mushrooms, you can enjoy the delicious taste of “foie gras” without compromising your values or harming any animals in the process.

This recipe provides a range of health benefits, including high levels of protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. It’s also incredibly versatile, making it an excellent option for snacks, appetizers, or as part of your main course.

Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or just starting on your plant-based journey, this Vegan Lentil Pate (aka Faux Gras) is sure to impress. So why not give it a try today and experience the incredible taste for yourself?

Vegan Lentil Pate (Aka Faux Gras)

Vegan Lentil Pate (Aka Faux Gras) Recipe

This is simple to make and crazy delicious. The tarragon adds such a nice, sweet flavor. Serve with fancy crackers for a party or get-together, or just have this if you wanna be lazy for dinner! This pate tastes best when you allow it time to come to room temperature after it has been chilled.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 3 cups
Calories 458.2 kcal


  • 1 cup green lentil, picked-over and rinsed
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 -2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • salt and pepper


  • Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until soft. Add the lentils, bay leaf, and water, stir, and bring to a boil. Cook for 10-20 minutes, until the lentils are tender, then drain.
  • Grind the cashews in the food processor until they resemble a coarse meal.
  • Pour the lentils and onions into the food processor. Remove the bay leaf. Cover and begin to puree, slowly adding the vinegar, remaining olive oil, tarragon, salt and pepper. If the mixture seems too dry or thick, add a little more olive oil, and taste to adjust seasonings.
  • Scrape the contents of the mixer into a Tupperware container and chill for at least 2 hours.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 1356gCalories: 458.2kcalCarbohydrates: 50.9gProtein: 20.7gFat: 20.4gSaturated Fat: 3.5gSodium: 158.5mgFiber: 20.8gSugar: 4g
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