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Detox Turmeric Lentil Soup

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

This Detox Turmeric Lentil Soup is a simple, healthy and hearty meal that's great for digestion and the liver. Easy to make, packed with protein and delicious!

detox lentil soup with turmeric and spinach

The past few days have been the coldest we've had all winter which has meant lots of soup, lots of hot chocolate, lots of snuggles and hours of The Office.

While I'd certainly rather it be warm and sunny, I kind of like these frigid days because it gives me an excuse to test out new recipes. This weekend I made a batch of life-changing Peanut Butter granola, some of the fluffiest pancakes I've ever tasted, some insanely delicious grain-free pizza and this…

Detox Turmeric Lentil Soup!

how to make detox lentil soup with veggies

detox turmeric lentil soup cooking in a dutch oven

I do feel like the term “detox” has a bad connotation in the health world, but we're calling this a detox-friendly soup because it's packed with ingredients that support your body's natural detoxification system.

You see, our bodies are pretty darn amazing (if you didn't already know). We have systems inside of us that naturally flush out unwanted junk that we're consuming. Our body knows what it's doing, but that doesn't mean we can't help it do its job even better, right?

So that's what we're doing with this Detox Turmeric Lentil Soup. We're supporting our body with wholesome, nutrient-dense food that will make us feel amazing!

detox turmeric lentil soup with coconut yogurt

Let's take a peek at what we have inside this glorious golden soup:

1. Lentils: not only are they super high in protein (11g per serving), but they're also high in fiber which is important for our digestive system. Our digestive system is responsible for absorbing the good nutrients in our food and getting rid of the unwanted waste, so when we eat food (like lentils), we're helping our digestive system doing its job more effectively. PS: check out this post for 10 reasons why lentils are amazing!

2. Turmeric: the active component in turmeric that is so great for detox (and gives it that amazing golden color) is curcumin. Curcumin has been shown to not only help reduce inflammation, but also support, and even enhance, the production of bile in the gallbladder. Bile not only helps the liver flush out toxins, but it also rejuvenates liver cells!

3. Sweet Potato: one of the things we love about sweet potatoes, aside from their flavor, is how high they are in fiber! Again that supports our digestive system, but fiber is also key for the liver. One more reason to love sweet potatoes? They're also high in antioxidants which helps to liver do its thang!

4. Garlic: these little cloves of goodness aren't just there to flavor our food! Garlic has also been shown to have healing properties including supporting a healthy immune system. But in terms of detox, garlic is super high in Vitamin C and antioxidants, both of which help support the liver and kidneys as they are working to flush toxins from our bodies!

And these are just a few of the amazing ingredients in this turmeric lentil soup!

vegan turmeric lentil soup with turmeric

I can't wait for you to try this soup! Not only is it cozy and hearty, but it's also super high in protein and fiber, and has a gorgeous yellow color. It's a show stopper if you ask me!

It's also perfect for a crowd (football season anyone!?), but can definitely be used for a healthy meal prep option for lunch or dinner. This soup freezes well, lasts in the fridge for at least 4 – 5 days and tastes amazing with a dollop of coconut yogurt on top!

Not to mention it's…gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan!

detox turmeric lentil soup for a hearty vegan dinner

detox turmeric lentil soup with sweet potatoes and coconut yogurt

So whether you're craving something warm and hearty, or you feel like you want to give your system a little break, this golden turmeric lentil soup checks all those boxes and more!

It's quickly becoming one of our favorites and after your first batch, I'm sure you'll feel the same way 😉

If you end up making this recipe, make sure to share a photo with me on Instagram ❤️ you can tag @simplyquinoa or use #simplyquinoa!

How to make the Detox Turmeric Lentil Soup

vegan turmeric lentil soup with turmeric
3.95 from 18 votes

Detox Turmeric Lentil Soup

This Detox Turmeric Lentil Soup is a simple, healthy and hearty meal that's great for digestion and the liver. Easy to make, packed with protein and delicious!

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword detox, detox soup, lentil soup, lentil stew, turmeric, vegan soup, vegan stew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 338 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped turnip or potato
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped sweet potato
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 cup green or brown lentils
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons turmeric I like 2
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup fresh herbs I like parsley


  1. Heat the oil in a large stockpot or dutch oven. Add onions, celery, turnip, potato and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes until everything softens slightly. Season with salt, pepper and thyme and cook about 2 minutes.
  2. Add lentils, turmeric, ginger and cumin and saute 1 - 2 minutes, then add the broth and water. Bring the soup to a boil, cover and reduce to simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in almond milk, spinach and herbs until spinach has wilted. Serve immediately!
Nutrition Facts
Detox Turmeric Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 444mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 60g 20%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 6g
Protein 18g 36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  1. This is so good! I subbed carrots in place of turnips and regular potatoes instead of sweet because that’s what I had on hand . Also topped with hummus . Such a nice hearty soup !

  2. Came across ur website by fb post & so glad I did! Made this soup tn with cpl twerks I used fresh thyme, ginger. 1% milk. Wow! How can something this tastey be so good for u. Definitely going to make this again!

  3. P.S. I meant to tell you in my previous email that I have been scouring the internet for days, looking for the right recipes for my needs, such as gluten free, vegetarian, and many allergies. I just didn’t find what I was looking for until I found your website. I discovered recipes here for everything that I was looking for, and more!! This is a wonderful website! Thank you for all of the time and effort that you have put into your website. It is going to make a big difference in my diet. There are so many recipes here that I want to make! I’m excited about cooking and baking again. Thank you so much!!

    • This makes me SOOO happy to hear!! Thank you so much, Ashley! I really appreciate you sharing and I can’t wait to hear what you make from the site. Keep me posted on everything! xox

  4. Could I make this in a slow cooker, and if so, how long should I cook it? Should I cook it on high or low? I can’t wait to make this beautiful soup! I am so happy to find your website. I can’t tolerate any grains, but since Quinoa is a seed, I can tolerate it. These recipes are fantastic. It is definitely going to take my diet to a new level. Thank you so much!!

    • Definitely! I think it could cook for 4 hours on high and maybe 6 on low. I’m so glad you’re finding help on the site and are enjoying the recipes 🙂

  5. Do you have any suggestions for using all water instead of broth? Like what seasonings should I increase to keep flavor. I don’t want too much sodium. I have to keep my blood pressure normal.

  6. In some of the pictures of this soup, there is a white topping–did you put sour cream on the top? or greek yogurt? Or something else?

  7. This has a lot of sodium, and I’m trying to reduce my sodium
    intake for health reasons, My body seems to be very sensitive to
    Can you please suggest what I can do for less sodium, other
    than just reducing salt amount in recipe. Thank you.

  8. Hi Alyssa.

    This was delicious. My whole family enjoyed it. Just wanted to say thanks I enjoy reading your articles and recipes and watching your are truelly an inspiration.

  9. I wanted to let you know this soup is fantastic. Hubby and I are getting older, and poor diet and lifestyle choices made in youth are catching up with us. We both have fatty liver, and so in my search for a healthy, liver friendly meal we both will enjoy, I found this recipe. I’ve never had lentils before and must say I really enjoyed them. Thank you for the wonderful soup! I look forward to trying some of your other recipes.

  10. Hi Alyssa! I was just wondering if a lot of flavor would be lost if I used all water instead of broth? Let me know your thoughts! Thank you!

  11. I finally got to make this soup and it was so delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and my husband said it’s now one of his favorite soups! Thanks!

  12. So delicious! I used coconut milk as well. Had some turmeric root so I used that as well as powdered. Definitely a remaker.

  13. We are from Canada. I made the Detox Turmeric Lentil soup today . It was supposed to be for lunches this week. It smelled so good we ate it for dinner. So glad we did! It is delicious. Luckily there’s still some left for another day. 😊

  14. The soup was delicious but we did have to add about 2x the amount of seasonings. I put exactly what it called for, measured out everything; lentils, potatoes, spices, etc., but it tasted extremely bland. I would use this recipe again but would also keep in mind that it needs a good bit more of spices.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Thanks for sharing!! Sometimes spices can go stale, so it definitely can cause you to add more flavorings. Mine were quite fresh which might have accounted for the difference in taste, but I always recommend taste as you go for this reason exactly 🙂 we all have different taste buds!! XO

  15. I can’t wait to try this gorgeous recipe! I adore lentils and sweet potatoes! My mouth is watering! Your blog is beautiful, I have just discovered it and can’t wait to explore it further 🙂

  16. Very nice. I substituted almond milk with coconut milk and I added some fresh vietnamese mint (has a similarish flavour to coriander).
    I used 1 1/2 tbl spoons of tumeric and it was a bit over powering. Next time I will reduce that to less than a tablespoon, add a bit extra ginger and maybe some fresh chilli to give it an extra kick.

  17. I noticed a bitter aftertaste… it may be normal for those spices but is there something I could add or delete to make it less bitter?

  18. We have tree but allergies, what can we do in place of almond milk? Regular milk?
    Thanks, I have the rest of it done and simmering for tonight!! Smells heavenly in here!!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  19. Made the recipe. My house smelled so good. Do you have the nutritional info on this recipe. I’m tracking everything I eat so the info would be very helpful. Thank you😎

  20. I made the soup for tonight’s dinner.
    My grandchildren just love it. I added 1 cup of chopped cauliflower.
    It’s just perfect!

  21. Alyssa, I made this for dinner last night. We really liked it! I accidently chopped some carrot too, but added them anyway. The house smelled like Thanksgiving while the veggies sauteed! I wasn’t sure if I would need more liquid, but it was great with the 6 cups. I am constantly trying new recipes, but this one will have to be on repeat. Thanks!

  22. I consume lentils at least once a week, such a lovely legume, I am totally in love with your version of lentil soup, so many flavors to it, love the touch of almond milk at the end 🙂

  23. Hello Alyssa!
    I made this for dinner today! I had to sub in rosemary for thyme, and it was just as good! I can’t believe it! I thought that it would clash with the fresh ginger and it didn’t. I also subbed in brown and yellow lentil that’s what I had on hand. I was so good! Thank you again for the recipe.
    I also want to mention that i’ve been slowly transitioning to a healthier vegan diet and your recipes have decently helped! thank you so much! Please keep them coming!
    -Lupe from Chico, CA @laramburo1103 on IG

  24. If I’m not serving all of it, should I still add the spinach to the whole pot? Will it reheat ok with the spinach wilted in?

  25. Hi! I love your recipes but I have some fairly specific dietary restrictions. Are you able to get the nutrition info up any time soon? Thank you!!!

  26. Hey lady! watched your video yesterday morning, shortly after you posted it, and made the soup last night 🙂 Probably one of the best I’ve ever had, thank you!!! I brag about your site to everyone, it’s my GO TO site for recipes since we’re so like minded. Keep up the great work, Heather from Oregon 🙂

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