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December 20, 2018

by Alyssa

Healing Cauliflower Holiday Soup

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This healing holiday soup is made with nutritious, whole-foods and is free from dairy and gluten. It's gentle on the system, but tastes absolutely amazing!

Vegan Cauliflower Soup Recipe

Soup is one of my favorite things to eat during the winter. Like many, I find them to be super comforting, but they're also surprisingly easy to make and make even better leftovers.

Most weeks, I make at least one batch of soup – usually on a Sunday. And it ends up being my lunch for the whole week, which in my mind is the ultimate midday meal.

They're light, they're cozy and they're actually quite simple to make!

How to make Cauliflower Soup

A Creamy Soup for the Holidays

When it comes to the holidays, we tend to think of food that is indulgent. Cookies galore, big, heavy meals and typically a fair amount of alcohol.

So why not change things up? Why not try to infuse something that is still super comforting, but also healthy at the same time? I think it's totally possible (hello, holiday soup!), but also necessary.

I'm a firm believer that we shouldn't just toss December to the wind and not stay focused on our health goals. We can balance the healthy with the indulgent. And still, enjoy every single moment!

Healing Holiday Soup made with Cauliflower

The Secret Ingredient in our Holiday Soup

Being Italian, we tend to make more traditional Italian soups during the holidays – Italian Wedding Soup, calamari in a tomato broth, etc., but I have to admit, I think this one takes the cake. Those soups are heavy, and fill you up before the meal is even served. Then you end up feeling overly stuffed, uncomfortable and all you want to do is lie down and embrace your food coma for all its worth. This soup on the other hand? It's nothing of the sort.

It's light and refreshing, but still warm and comforting all the same time. It has a velvety texture (thanks to the addition of raw cashews!), is sprinkled with warm holiday spices and can be garnished to fit perfectly with your holiday decorations.

Our secret ingredient? Yep, cashews. We've added cashews to our meals before and they're always my secret weapon to make things ultra-creamy and still keep them vegan. Just make sure you're using raw cashews!

Holiday Cauliflower Soup for the Holidays

All About the Healing Holiday Soup

Now you might be wonder…is this soup actually “healing”? My answer is YES!

This soup will nourish your body and will be easy on your digestive system, giving your body just a little bit of a break from all the other indulgent food.

The base is cauliflower which is a cruciferous vegetable and contains a boatload of vitamins, as well as detoxifying properties. Plus, it's an anti-inflammatory food which is great for those of us who have sensitive systems. Basically, cauliflower is a superstar in the veggie world when it comes to its health benefits.

Cauliflower Soup with Nutmeg

But aside from the cauliflower, this soup also uses leeks, which are also anti-inflammatory and support your liver and raw cashews which support cardiovascular health, provide your body with healthy fats and even have some antioxidants.

And it's creamy.

So, so creamy.

But also vegan and gluten-free.

Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe

Giving Our Holiday Soup some Holiday Vibes

While this soup on its own can definitely be served for the holidays, it's kind of the garnishes that take it to the next level.

I love adding crunchy things on top of my creamy soup. You know I'm a creamy soup gal (hey there, Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chowder), and the crunch gives your mouth a little bit of excitement in a bowl of smoothness. That being said, I wanted to give this soup a festive twist:

Pomegrate seeds and pumpkin seeds make the perfect addition. Pomegranate add a touch of sweetness, pumpkin seeds for a boost of protein and vitamins.

And don't they just look so cute!?

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Cauliflower Soup

This cauliflower soup is hearty, healthy, vegan, and gluten-free. Packed with flavors like cauliflower, nutmeg, cashews, and chili flakes, it's perfect for a holiday meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 202kcal
Author Alyssa
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4.49 from 62 votes


to garnish:


  • Heat oil in a large pot or dutch oven. When hot, add the leeks and garlic, and saute until softened, about 1 - 2 minutes. Add the cauliflower and spices and saute again for another 5 minutes or so.
  • Add the beans, broth, and water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and let soup simmer on the stove for at least 30 minutes, longer if you have the time.
  • When done, transfer half the soup to a high powered blender. Add the cashews and puree until smooth. If too thick, add a little bit of water until desired consistency has been reached. Repeat with the other half of soup.
  • Transfer all soup back to the pot. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper. Sprinkle in more nutmeg/pepper flakes if desired. If using nutritional yeast, stir in here as well. 
  • Serve immediately, garnish with your desired toppings and enjoy the healing vibes this soup will bring!



Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1062mg | Potassium: 809mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 55.6mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3.8mg

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  1. Just make the cauliflower leek soup It’s delicious. The leeks give soup a bit of a green tinge so if you don’t want that, simply use just the white part or use white onion. I think nutritional yeast is a must (but confess I did not try it without). I was skeptical of the nutmeg because it’s not my favorite spice, but it worked out just great. Later I’ll try recipe with gram masala as I think that profile would be delicious too.

  2. Love this soup! It freezes well too! I add two carrots to it. Did it by mistake the last time and it was great.

  3. I’m going to make 12servings of this, so I know I have to double the amount of the ingredients. Is there any in particular I should be caution about when doubling? Like the red pepper flakes? The people I’m serving too can’t handle chilli very well, they’re sensitive and can only handle a little to none. Personally though I can handle a lot chilly (but I can always add that in separately when I serve for myself). How much red pepper flakes should I add? And can chilli powder work instead as a replacement?
    Also, my leeks are quite small, how much small should I add or 3 is still fine?
    Lastly, I only gave Pre-minced garlic, how many tbsps should I use?

    • I definitely would cut back on the chili, but I think otherwise you should be fine. For leeks, I’d do 4 if yours are small. And for the garlic, I’d say start with 1 tablespoon. You can always add more, but can’t take it away 😉

  4. Wonderful texture. I little too spicy for me. I should have gone with my gut and reduced the red pepper flakes and black pepper. I will definitely make again, though.

  5. Can you freeze this soup??
    I am the only one in my house that likes soup. But I dont think I can eat this in one sitting by myself lol

  6. I’m getting ready to start making this soup and am wondering if the cashews have to soak before adding? And do you think an immersion blender will work as opposed to transferring to a blender or food processor? Thanks! It looks delish and I can’t wait to try it.

    • I don’t think you’ll be able to use an immersion blender and have the cashews! If you don’t have time to soak the cashews, I usually add them into the cooking process for about 30 minutes so they soften up a little bit 🙂

  7. I loved this soup so much! I like that it’s spicy, it makes it more satisfying. However, I didn’t really get “holiday” vibes from it (maybe because I omitted the pomegranate seeds). I only used 2 garlic cloves (because mine were massive) and only two leeks (I’ve never cooked with leeks before so I thought they were also pretty big) and I liked the way it turned out a lot. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  8. I love everything about this recipe! However, next time I will omit the red pepper flakes, as I feel it doesn’t “go” with the rest of the ingredients and adds a strange taste to an otherwise delicious soup. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly and enjoyed the result!

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  12. This looks great but it says it had quinoa in it as you read your blog part but the recipe had no listing for it in ingredients. Am I missing something?

    • I removed the quinoa from the original recipe because I didn’t feel like it added much (and forgot to update that part of the text). It’s all set now!

  13. In the introduction to the recipe, you mention it contains quinoa but quinoa is not listed in the ingredients. Was this an oversight? I want to try the recipe. It sounds delicious but I don’t want to miss an ingredient.

    • I removed the quinoa from the original recipe because I didn’t feel like it added much (and forgot to update that part of the text). It’s all set now!

    • I removed the quinoa from the original recipe because I didn’t feel like it added much (and forgot to update that part of the text). It’s all set now!

  14. Ummm delicious. Made it tonight and it was super easy (minus my stupid mistake of over filling the blender and having to clean up that mess) and really good. I made it just the way it was written and it turned out perfect. Enjoying it right now with a glass of red wine. Perfect end to a beautiful day. Thanks for the recipe. I will be looking through your website to find more wonderful recipes.

  15. This soup is amazing!! I used 1 large onion instead of leeks, soaked the cashews for about 1 hr. before blending into soup & seasoned with 1 tspn. pink salt, a bit of freshly ground black pepper and topped with a dash or 2 of nutmeg! Served with really good bread. Highly recommend!!

  16. Sounds amazing! I´ve been looking some quinoa recipes for sometime..and also wheat free meals and some without meat. Thank you, I allready love what Ihave seen.:)

  17. Hi Alyssa,
    I make cauliflower soup, and love it, haven’t tried it with cashews, I think they might be a bit too much for diabetics
    Good luck with your new business venture, and have a very Happy, Peaceful, and Blessed Christmas.
    Cheers, Pauline (Down Under)

  18. oh congrats on the big next step!! Love your blog and everything quinoa! The leeks and cauliflower paired with cashews sounds like the perfect start to any meal! What a great soup recipe to add have during the holidays

  19. OMG this soup looks so creamy and what a great idea to sneak in some quinoa! I love having soups during the winter time!

    And congratulations on your new chapter, I’m so excited for you girl! Best of luck – You will do great! 🙂

  20. Alyssa, This soup looks so delicious and soooo pleasing to the eye! I just can’t wait to try it–YUM!!! Thanks for sharing this! Happy Holidays to you 🙂

  21. Congratulations and thanks for providing easy, great tasting, nutritional information — happy holidays. Stay in touch.!


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