This turmeric spiced cauliflower kale soup is perfect nourishment for winter. It’s got a rich, creamy texture, and it’s so wholesome.
I made and photographed this soup a few weeks ago, when I was home sick with a virus and didn’t care that it was hot and summery outside: all I wanted was a meal of soup and something bready. I’ve been thinking about this thick and creamy cauliflower turmeric kale soup ever since, and I know it’s on its way to becoming a staple for me, whatever the season.
When I threw this soup together I had actually been planning on making, or tweaking, this recipe, but as I went along the meal took on a life of its own. I wanted to add turmeric for color and to offer my body an anti-inflammatory seasoning, and I realized before blending the soup up that I wanted it to be a lot thicker than the creamy, blended soup I was considering initially.
I’d say that the texture is someplace at the intersection of soup, stew, and curry: thick enough to scoop over rice, but still soupy enough to enjoy with a spoon. And you can adjust how soupy it is by adding more or less liquid along the way.
I gave my batch creamy texture with my all-purpose vegan cashew cream, which is my favorite means of adding richness to a recipe like this. If you’re in need of a shortcut, you could add full fat coconut milk instead. I tend to make cashew cream in double batches and store some in the freezer, since I use it so often—it’s easy enough to do, and I’m never sorry I did it!
I love scooping the soup up a flatbread: naan, chapatis, or pita.
As I was enjoying the leftovers I also served it with brown basmati rice that I’d seasoned with lime juice and chopped cilantro, and I loved that, too. It was especially nice when perched next to a few bright flowers, which offered their own healing powers to the meal.
I hope that you’ll enjoy the soup in good health, but if you happen to catch a summer cold, I can attest to how comforting the dish is. Next time I might try it with chard or collards, and I’m guessing that zucchini would be a nice addition for summer, too.
A few weeks into a genuine effort to stay engaged with work while also resting, I’m having a hard time striking a balance that works. It’s a learning process, and each week teaches me something. I’ll stick with it between now and the weekend—and I’ll see you for the Sunday roundup.
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I have made this three times in the past month. What a wonderful fall recipe! I only had vegan chicken broth, but other than that stuck to the recipe. I thought cauliflower would be too bland for a main ingredient in a soup, but the tumeric, carrots, onions and broth make this taste like a delicious creamy mash potato dish with loads of flavor. I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes!
I made the cauliflower turmeric kale soup yesterday. It was absolutely the best thing I’ve ever eaten. My husband came home late and found it in the fridge. He ate it, loved it and didn’t even realize it was cauliflower. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.
I’m delighted that you enjoyed it, Jen!
Winter is on its way and this nutritious soup along with the amazing health benefits of turmeric will be a health jumbo, keeping body inflammation away with natural healing properties of curcumin.
I was really horribly sick myself a few weeks ago, this soup would have been so perfect then! I’ve bookmarked it in my fall 2018 recipes so once it cools off again i’ll make it, love all the flavors that are used here so it sounds like a sure thing!
And it’s so true… soup, stews, curries are SO comforting and nourishing. I hope you’re feeling better Gena.
This looks like a bowl full of delicious health. Probably the best thing you did for yourself when you were sick! I will definitely put this recipe in my back pocket for a cool day.
May I just say your soups are always incredible? @_@ All of the ones I’ve made from your blog are just SO good, and even though it’s hot outside, I can’t wait to try this. I was obsessed with that creamy cauliflower soup you posted a while back, with the corn and potato. This one looks like it’ll be just as scrumptious! 🙂
I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed some of my soups, Melissa! Hope this one hits the spot 🙂