10 Protein-Packed Vegetables (Slideshow)

Pack your meals with some of these protein-packed vegetables for dishes that are both healthy and tasty


Whether you prefer kernels in a bowl or munching on corn on the cob, this yellow vegetable is yummy and good for you too. Eating just one cup of corn yields nearly 16 grams of protein!

Green Peas

Give your tuna casserole an added boost of protein with green peas. One cup provides seven-and-a-half of protein.


Raw lentils are loaded with fiber, folate, vitamin B, and protein. One cup of these legumes has almost 50 grams of protein.


One cup of raw, mature seed chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) has more than 38 grams of protein. Toss chickpeas in your salad or whip up hummus for a snack.

Lima Beans

Suffering Succotash! A key ingredient in succotash, lima beans are rich in protein. Plus lima beans are good for your heart and your blood sugar. Noshing on a cup of boiled and unsalted large lima beans gives you nearly 15 grams of the good stuff.

Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Add some protein, taste, and lots of color to dinner with this vegetable. One cup of sun-dried tomatoes has nearly eight grams of protein.

Portabello Mushrooms

Go gourmet with grilled portobello mushrooms and you’ll reap the benefits of one of the world’s most popular mushrooms. One cup has just under four grams of protein.


One cup of chopped, boiled chard without salt provides more than three grams of protein. It’s also a great source of fiber and vitamins A, K, and C.


Who knew potatoes had so much good-for-you protein? It turns out french fries, mashed potatoes, and twice-baked potatoes are about more than great taste. One cup of diced russet potato with flesh and skin gives you more than three grams of protein.


This buzz-worthy vegetable gets raves for being high in iron, calcium, and vitamins A, K, and C but it’s also notable for its protein content. One cup of boiled kale with salt provides almost two-and-a-half grams of protein. New to kale? Try it in a smoothie or simply sautéed.