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I can only eat so many salads.

Even I have my limits.  Maybe it’s the long Chicago winter, or watching too much Top Chef.  But some days a salad just feels like a first course.  Like a prelude to something more stick-to-your-ribs.

Sometimes you just want something creamy and thick and rich.  Something you can dip a gooey grilled cheese sandwich into.   Alas, if only my precious kale salads could somehow morph into  …

Well … This.

Kale and Cauliflower Soup - Comfort food meets veggies |

I was talking to Emily today and she was lamenting the lack of produce in her diet the past few weeks.   So I thought it was perfect timing to pull this recipe together for her.  

Full disclosure.  This is not a start to finish 30 minute meal like a lot of my other recipes.  This is a special lazy day at home meal, where you can pad around the kitchen in your slippers and robe (and probably trip on a few toys) throughout the process.  Roast the cauliflower, reheat your coffee, get distracted doing something else, then come back and fill the dutch oven … set the timer, do something else for awhile, then come back.  You know what kind of recipe I’m talking about.  It’s not hard, it doesn’t take a lot of time to prep, but it has several steps.  In my world, it’s a weekend recipe.

Anyway, I made this soup last weekend when my sister was coming to visit, and so I wanted something that was a fitting reward her for making the four hour drive with an infant.

I put my husband, the resident grilled cheese maker, to work on the griddle while I pureed up a batch of this soup in my kitchen pride and joy (aka my Vitamix).

Kale Cauliflower Soup
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Serves: 6
An alternative to kale salad for those days you want to eat your veggies in comfort food form.
  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 5 TB coconut oil
  • 2 tsp salt, plus additional to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 1 large bunch kale, stems removed, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 5 cups chicken or vegetable broth (I used homemade, very low sodium)
  1. Toss cauliflower with 2 tbs melted coconut oil, season lightly with salt and pepper
  2. Roast cauliflower on a cookie sheet for ~20 minutes at 450 degrees F
  3. Optional: At this point, take a few handfuls of kale to make kale chip topping
  4. In a stockpot or dutch oven over medium heat, warm 2 TB oil. Cook onion and celery until soft.
  5. Add garlic, cook one minute
  6. Add salt**, pepper, cayenne, cauliflower and broth
  7. Bring to a simmer, cover, reduce to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes
  8. Stir in the remaining (1/2-3/4 bunch) kale, cover, cook an additional 10 minutes
  9. Transfer to blender and puree in batches, or use an immersion blender
**If using store bought full sodium broth, reduce salt significantly in this step. [br]To make kale chip topping, after roasting the cauliflower, reduce heat to 300 degrees F, toss roughly 2 handfuls of kale with 1 TB coconut oil and roast for ~25 minutes on a cookie sheet

For uber-gourmet presentation, top with the roasted kale chips and some pine nuts.

P.S.  This may be one of the only times you’ll hear me utter the word kale chips. Because they neither do kale nor chips any justice, if you ask me.

Kale and Cauliflower Soup - Comfort food meets veggies |

Voila!  Proof veggies and comfort food are not mutually exclusive.

Now go forth and eat kale,

Laura Sig

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16 Comments on Kale Cauliflower Soup

  1. It looks and sounds very healthy. I do enjoy cauliflower, however … this will sound silly coming from a gardener, but … I’ve never even tasted kale. I have no idea what it tastes like. LOL.

    If I find out I like kale, then this sounds like a wonderful recipe to keep handy. 😉

  2. Just made this. Deeeeeeelicious! I only used 4 cups stock and subbed in a cup of water for the 5th cup of stock. Yummy. Thanks for the recipe. Will definitely make again.

  3. You say 1-large bunch of kale, could you tell me approximately how many cups. I’m fairly new at this healthy eating and the more recipes I can find the better it is for me to make sure I do eat healthy. This recipes sounds like something I will really like e c a bit wait to try it. :)

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