Vegan Green Goddess Soup

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A green soup that’s not your ordinary detox broth. This green goddess soup is creamy and satisfying, yet 100% wholesome, vegan, gluten-free, and even Paleo. Made with Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and lots of fresh herbs!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
5 from 6 votes

It’s December 18, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve already eaten your fair share of holiday treats. Between the Triple Chocolate Cookies, Apple Spice Donuts, and Chocolate Cheesecake, I’ve had my hands full (of sweets). So, I thought it was time to share a really healthy recipe! A detoxifying Vegan Green Goddess Soup!

Will this soup actually detox your body? I have no idea. But what I do know is that this soup feels like a much-needed detox after a few weeks of eating rich holiday treats. But before you think that this recipe is for a green brothy soup à la the Cabbage Soup Diet, let’s get things straight: this is a creamy, satisfying, delicious soup. I will let the photos speak for the creaminess.

Why you’ll love this vegan green goddess soup

This soup starts off with anti-inflammatory garlic and crushed red pepper. Then it gets hit with two of my favorite cruciferous vegetables: Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Brussels sprouts are rich in glucosinolates, which help activate the detoxification of cancer-causing substances in the body. So maybe this soup does really detoxify your body! Brussels sprouts also offer numerous benefits in the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, digestive, and cardiovascular departments. And then there’s cauliflower, my favorite humble vegetable. In addition to boasting many of the same health benefits as Brussels sprouts, it also contributes a creamy texture to this soup.

Next come raw cashews, which bring a lot of creaminess to this soup, making it feel almost indulgent (no diet soup here!). They’re brimming with antioxidants and monounsaturated fats, which are linked with improved heart health and a reduction in triglycerides. Cashews are also an excellent source of copper and magnesium, both of which contribute to bone health (among many other benefits).

Finally, this soup gets a healthy dose of green things: spinach and fresh herbs. As you may already know, spinach is incredibly rich in a wide variety of minerals and vitamins. Just 1 cup of cooked spinach provides over 1/3 of your daily iron needs and almost 1000% of your daily Vitamin K needs (yes, 1000 with three zeros). And the fresh herbs—parsley, basil, and mint—aren’t here just to add flavor. They’re also packed with nutrients.

Parsley is exceptionally rich in myricetin, a flavonoid that has been shown to protect against both skin cancer and diabetes. Basil contains volatile oils that have the ability to inhibit unwanted bacterial growth and inflammation-causing enzymes. And mint is loaded with antioxidants that may reduce oxidative stress in the body, and is also a great home remedy for indigestion, gas, and upset stomachs.

Vegan Green Goddess Soup

Tips for preparing this soup

Now that we’ve gone through a nutritional deep dive in this soup, I’ll leave you with a few tips on preparing this soup.

I prefer to use vegetable broth instead of water, as it adds a more robust flavor, especially if you use a homemade or high-quality broth; however, if you’re a foodie and you want this soup to be pretty and perfectly green, you’ll want to use water.

For the Brussels sprouts, in order for them to cook down quickly, I use shaved or shredded Brussels sprouts. You can find pre-shredded Brussels sprouts at many grocery stores, but if you want to prepare them yourself, here are easy instructions on how to do so using a food processor.

Same thing with the cauliflower – to ensure they cook quickly, I chopped them into small florets. If you want to minimize the chopping, you can toss large florets into a food processor and pulse a few times until you have small pieces.

Once this soup gets puréed, it gets surprisingly creamy, but if you are looking for more creaminess, add in the optional coconut milk.

So, if your body is feeling like it needs a detox during the holidays, try this heart-healthy, antioxidant-rich Vegan Green Goddess Soup!

Vegan Green Goddess Soup

5 from 6 votes
A green soup that’s not your ordinary detox broth. This green goddess soup is creamy and satisfying, yet 100% wholesome, vegan, gluten-free, and even Paleo. Made with Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and lots of fresh herbs!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: American
Diet Vegan
Keyword: gluten-free, green goddess, soup, soy-free
Serving size: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (to taste, optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 6 cups vegetable broth (or water)
  • 3 cups of shredded/shaved Brussels sprouts
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cut into small florets
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in boiling water for 1 hour
  • 3 large handfuls of baby spinach (add more if you’d like)
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, roughly chopped + more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, roughly chopped + more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves, roughly chopped + more for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeeze lemon juice
  • 1 cup “lite” canned coconut milk (optional, for extra creaminess)

Garnishes

  • Cucumber ribbons
  • Black sesame seeds
  • Vegan yogurt or coconut milk
  • Toasted pine nuts

Instructions

  • Heat a Dutch oven or large soup pot over medium-low heat and add the olive oil. Once shimmering, add the onions and celery and season with 1/2 teaspoon of the kosher salt and black pepper to taste. Cook until the vegetables are starting to soften and turn lightly golden, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the vegetable broth (or water) and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer the broth for 10 minutes. Add the Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cashews and bring to vigorous simmer/gentle boil for 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  • Transfer the soup to a high-powered blender and add the spinach, mint, basil, parsley, the remaining 1 teaspoon kosher salt, black pepper to taste, lemon juice, and coconut milk (if using). Depending on the size of your blender, you may need to do this in batches. Remove the blender cap to prevent trapping the steam inside the blender and cover the hole with a dish towel. Blend the soup until it is completely smooth and thick. If the soup is too thick for your liking, add more broth or water as needed to thin out. Season to taste with salt/pepper. If desired, garnish with additional fresh herbs and cucumber ribbons, black sesame seeds, vegan yogurt, and toasted pine nuts.

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21 comments on Vegan Green Goddess Soup

  1. Brittany Amaral

    5 stars
    Writing this as I eat the soup. It’s SO GOOD. We didn’t have any mint but honestly it’s delicious without it. Also knowing how veggie packed this is makes it that much more delicious

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Glad you loved the soup, Brittany!

  2. Marty

    I have not made this recipe but plan to. Here is my challenge to you. When I wasn’t eating a vegan diet I loved to make “cucumber soup”. It’s a very simple recipe. I peel and shred cucumbers, and combine them with COLD buttermilk. A little salt and some fresh dill (it must be fresh) and you have a great summer meal. Filling too. Most people shy away from this recipe due to the buttermilk, which I would never drink on its own, however, this combo is so good. Can you come up with a recipe that is vegan and replicates this tasty summer treat?

    1. Heather Winslow Barr

      You could try using a dairy free yogurt and thin it with water. There is a Persian soup similar to what you describe that uses yogurt for that tanginess.

  3. Maneesha

    5 stars
    Such a great recipe, Nisha! I did this in this instant pot, 4 mins high pressure and then blended it in a blender. Soo good!

  4. Laura

    Hi Nisha! LOVE you and your recipes/videos! Would this be doable in the instant pot? My husband has loved all your instant pot soups, and it’s been the only way I can get him to eat veggies haha!

  5. Erika

    Hello :) do you think there would be a good nut free
    substitute for the cashews? Sunbutter? This looks so delicious!

  6. Lauren carlson

    5 stars
    Making it again tonight. Can’t get enough of this recipe.

  7. Celest

    I wonder instead of using cashews, can you use canned coconut cream instead?

  8. amanda

    Wow amazing recipe took me four hours lesson learned lol going to start early but its the best soup hands down. I dd it almost exactly the same besides the black sesame I added toasted sesame and coconut milk garnished. Wow rate 20/20!!!

  9. Nikki

    Thanks for this recipe! This soup has been a huge hit at our house. Curious: how long do you think leftovers would keep well in the fridge?

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Nikki, so glad to hear you and your family have enjoyed this soup :) It should stay good for 4-5 days.

  10. Raquel

    My partner had an upset stomach for a few days from eating badly (take-out, fried goodies/badies) so I decided to give this recipe a try. This soup is magic! Not only does it taste delicious but it literally makes you feel worlds better. Her stomach felt better right after eating this! Thank you Nisha!

  11. Fabienne

    Just made this as I felt I needed it after the holidays. I added less brussel sprouts and cauliflower but replaced them with some shredded kale, cabbage and brocoli. It turned out absolutely super delicious!! Creamy and full of goodness! Thanks for this recipe, my body thanks you as well! :)

    1. Nisha Vora

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed this soup, Fabienne! I love the additions you made with kale and broccoli and cabbage – so wholesome and good for you! Thanks for stopping by :)

  12. Adele

    I think I need this soup in my life…my body is craving veggies after all the heavy holiday food!

    1. Nisha Vora

      Haha I don’t blame you! I feel the same way!

  13. Domenica

    Made this soup. So delicious. I added less brussel sprouts though (my preference) and threw in some parsnips I had. Did not come as bright green but yummy nevertheless.

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Domenica! So happy you tried this soup and customized it to your own taste. I worked really hard to make it bright green (and then photo editing helps). But the taste is what really matters hehe so I am glad you enjoyed it!

  14. Naomi Shah

    I had to come see this soup up close because it was just so pretty on Instagram. Your photography is gorgeous, and since I have never used Brussels sprouts in a soup, I am excited to try this recipe as well.

    1. Nisha Vora

      You are so sweet, Naomi! Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments. I hope you enjoy the soup!

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