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January 9, 2018

by Alyssa Rimmer

Detox Turmeric Lentil Soup

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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


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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!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 338kcal
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  • 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 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove from heat and stir in almond milk, spinach, herbs, lemon and pepper flakes until spinach has wilted. Serve immediately!



Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 444mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 6g



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Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

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  1. Is there a way on your side to screen the ads? The toenail fungus ad that kept on coming up was definitely not appetizing while trying to make dinner!

  2. Thanks Alyssa for such a yummy recipe! I made this tonight and followed every step and it turned out great!! I ended up having a little bit more. Being in college I’m always looking for ways to prep meals for the week. This one will definitely be added to my list. You’re awesome!

  3. Love this recipe but cannot make it due to measurements being in “cups”. One website lists a cup of celery as 106g another states 225g. Big difference so I’ve no idea what quantities to use. Such a shame as this looks amazing!

  4. Made this for dinner and was so surprised that my husband loved it.It was delicious and we have it with wraps to deep it in.I used curry leaves instead of tarragon and will definitely make it again.Thanks so much for sharing this yummy dish.

  5. thank you for this I am always looking for healthy soup recipes for winter how about some summer cold soups low carbs veggies

  6. Hi Canyou advise if your detox turmeric lentil soup would be the best one for my arthritis& osteo spinal stenosis pain please?,

  7. Hi I lamost never comment on the recipes I try – But this one was that good..I made it with just half the lentils so was more soup – Omg it was amazing. Thank you for this recipe – definitely will make again. Plus I felt really great after eating – A winner

  8. I just made this for lunch and it is unbelievably good! I used 1/2 cilantro and 1/2 parsley for the fresh herbs. Will definitely make again!

  9. Detox Tumeric Lentil Soup. I watched your video for the recipe and you used three ingredients in the video that are not in your ingredient list—crushed red pepper, lemon juice, and coconut yogurt. I get the yogurt I s robably a spoonful, for each bowl, but how much crushed red pepper and lemon juice?

  10. I made the detox tumeric soup tonight and used coconut milk instead of almond and cilantro for the herbs and it was delicious. My husband loved it too. I also made the zucchini fritters and loved those also. There are so many of your recipes I can’t wait to try. I’m not vegetarian but with these choices I know I could go more plant based diet. Thank you for your creative recipes

    • So I went shopping for all ingredients today to make this… Unfortunately no brown or green lentils… So gonna try adding barley instead as I don’t wanna overdo the red lentil ratio… Also couldn’t find turnips so gonna use swede.. Wish me luck, and any advice with trh alternatives are welcome ????

  11. I am so sorry, but this turned out so horribly for me I had to throw the entire batch away :(. I followed directions exactly, although I admit I didn’t have red lentils. Could that have been it? It had a horrible bitter taste, so I googled how to correct that in soups and google suggested a little sugar. I let it simmer a bit, then it had both a sweet AND bitter taste to it, lol! So I googled how to tame the sweet taste and the suggestion was lemon juice or apple cider. So I tried that! Simmered. Still pretty bad so I tried adding green chilies and red pepper flakes and more simmering! I’m sure all my attempts to fix things made it all worse, but this is one of the very few times I have had to throw away an entire pot of food, and I’ve been cooking a long time! I believe my turmeric is fairly fresh as I often use it to make golden milk. Any ideas of what it could be? I really, really wanted to like this and even sent the recipe to my sisters (had to retract it, tho, until I can figure out what the problem is!)

    • Oh no! I haven’t heard that at all, so honestly, I’m not entirely sure 🙁 Maybe there was too much turmeric? Or perhaps your lentils were bad? Honestly, there’s nothing in this recipe that should be bitter. If anything, I’d say it would air on the sweet side because of the sweet potato. Maybe test out cooking your brown lentils on their own and see how they taste? And definitely, the red lentils will help next time!

  12. […] This isn’t a special soup that will help you drop 10 pounds overnight. It is simply just packed with wholesome and healthy nutrients that are crucial for your health. This Tumeric Lentil Soup is packed with ingredients that will provide your body with anti-inflammatory nutrients which are important after eating not so healthy meals and treats. Get the recipe here. […]

  13. 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 !

    • YAYYY!! So happy you liked it 🙂 Sounds awesome with hummus! Would love for you to give it a star rating when you have a sec! xx

  14. 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!

  15. […] – an important fuel in sweet your body – in the blood and absorbs them in the red blood cells. A shortage of iron made you tired. Lentils give you extra […]

  16. 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

  17. 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 🙂

  18. 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.

    • What about using a bouillon cube? I think that could really help! Otherwise I would just add lots and lots of dried herbs 🙂

  19. 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?

  20. 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.

  21. 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 videos.you are truelly an inspiration.

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

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

  26. 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. ????

  27. 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

  28. 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 🙂

  29. 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.

  30. […] haven’t made this yet- but my friend Julie said it’s a must! Detox Turmeric Lentil Soup. On my […]

  31. 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?

    • Hmmm I’m not sure where that would be coming from…? Maybe the turmeric! I would say next time go less spice, taste and then adjust!

  32. 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!

  33. 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????

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

  35. 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!

  36. 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 🙂

  37. 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

  38. 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?

  39. 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!!!

  40. 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 🙂

  41. Yum! This looks amazing! Also… can’t wait to check out that PB granola and the grain free pizza!

    xx Gabriella


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