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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Healthy Fresh Vegetable and Lentil Soup

Fresh garden vegetables meet lentils for a hearty and delicious vegetarian soup. This easy, healthy and delicious soup makes for a perfect lunch or dinner year round! 

close up of bowl of lentil and vegetable soup

     Garden fresh vegetables pair with lentils for a hearty soup that satisfies you.  The combination is full of nutrients and has a meaty feel despite being vegetarian. It is a great way to fill up healthily! 

      I have been making it a personal challenge to use up every last bit of produce I can get my hands on this summer without getting in a rut.  Between our own garden, produce gifts from family and our CSA share that has been quite the project! 

     It has been fun though. Side dishes are usually my least creative part of the meal and this has definitely breathed new life into them.

pot of soup full of fresh vegetables and lentils

     I admit,  I am usually a fall and winter soup person. I don't think of them often during the summer. 

     We were having a little last night in town dinner for my sister and I wanted to have something healthy on the menu. It seemed a soup would be a great way to showcase a lot of great produce that I had.

      Not to mention the bag of lentils I had in the pantry. I love how quickly lentils cook and they are a perfect way to add bulk to soup. So a lentil and vegetable soup was born.

    I was sure my brothers wouldn't be enthused, but my mom would be and I was happy to have the leftovers for lunch the next few days. 

bowl of lentil and vegetable soup with fennel fronds and spoon

     I knew the lentils would help to thicken the soup and give it some body. Even I was surprised how meaty the whole thing turned out though, despite being vegetarian. 

    I was sad to see the last bowl go. So next time you are looking for a way to switch up your vegetable routine, I highly recommend this soup!

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Healthy fresh vegetable and lentil soup
soup, lunch, dinner, vegetarian
Yield: 12 servings

Healthy Fresh Vegetable and Lentil Soup

Fresh garden vegetables meet lentils for a hearty and delicious vegetarian soup. This easy, healthy and delicious soup makes for a perfect lunch or dinner year round!
prep time: 10 minscook time: 45 minstotal time: 55 mins


  • 2  Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 medium kohlrabi
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 bulb fennel
  • 6 1/2 cups water or stock
  • 1 1/4 cup lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bunch chard
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • salt and pepper


  1. Peel the kohlrabi and cut into small cubes, 1/4-1/2".
  2. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Ad the diced onion, kohlrabi, and garlic.  Cook, stirring occasionally until the onion is translucent. 
  3. Meanwhile, dice the bulb of fennel.  Add to the pot and cook for a minute or two. 
  4. Pour in the water or stock and add a teaspoon of salt and the cleaned lentils. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes. 
  5. Chop the chard and add to the pot. Cover and cook for 20 more minutes. 
  6. Adjust the salt and pepper to your liking and remove from the heat. Stir in the lemon juice and serve garnished with fennel fronds if desired. 
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  1. So, here's the perfect meal. This soup, then your ice cream cake!!! Perfect indeed, if you ask me! Have a wonderful day!

    1. That's perfect! A virtuous dinner and a decadent dessert!

  2. Hi Carlee, I do like a nice soup, but not this time of year. Once the weather starts to cool (in October) this light soup would be a welcome change after a summer of salads!


    1. It is hard to get excited for soup in the summer, but it still is a simple and delicious meal! It would be great frozen for winter too!

  3. I just love a vegetable soup and your recipe looks delicious! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  4. We love soup at our house. Lentils are one of my favorite beans to cook with. This looks so flavorful and delish. Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party!

    1. I keep telling myself I need to use more lentils. I love the quick cook time and have enjoyed them in everything I've tried so far! Thanks!

  5. We do love veggies and have recently become familiar with Kohlrabi. This soup sounds delicious.

    1. I'm curious how you fixed your kohrabi now!

  6. I love Lentils! and I love all those fresh vegetables!
    Thanks for sharing on our Soup Swap Recipe blog party for celebrate 365

    1. I keep thinking I need to use lentils more... I should follow through this year!


Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I love reading your ideas!