A hot bowl of soup is the ultimate comfort food and at the Academy of Culinary Nutrition we always turn to the plant-based, dairy-free soup recipes. They’re not only delicious, but kicking it dairy-free means we won’t have to suffer from bloating, gas, allergies or any other digestive or immune issues that dairy may cause.
It’s even possible to have rich, creamy and luxurious soups without dairy by blending in cashews, sunflower seeds, nut butter, avocado, cooked cauliflower, plant-based milks, or even tofu. In fact, the entire Culinary Nutrition Expert Program is completely dairy-free, from the course recipes to the written assignments!
So without further ado, we present our 20 Best Dairy-Free Soup recipes. Let the slurping commence.
Dill Pickle Soup
We are enormous fans of fermented foods, so when we can find another creative way to use them, we’re game! This simple vegan soup takes 2o minutes to pull together, and it has an amazing dill pickle flourish.
Curried Cauliflower Rice Kale Soup
Rice is a classic soup ingredient, but this recipe kicks it grain-free and Paleo by using cauliflower rice instead. A hearty soup packed with veggies and spices, plus there are vegan and Paleo options depending on what philosophy you’re into.
Green Machine Soup with Polenta Croutons
A thick and creamy dairy-free soup loaded with green veggies and topped with some delectable-looking polenta croutons. Who says gluten-free and vegan croutons aren’t awesome? Not us!
Spicy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Cumin
We love the dark colour and complex flavour that cumin and chili powder add to this straightforward soup recipe. A fantastic way to enjoy the bounty of winter squash if you’re confused how to use them this year.
20 Minute Paleo Chicken Noodle Soup
20-minute meals are the absolute best, and this chicken noodle soup is no exception. It’s not only easy, but contains a whole bunch of cold-fighting foods like garlic, ginger and bone broth. An immune-fortifying and delicious meal!
Lemon Spiced Red Lentil Soup
A high-protein, high-fibre dairy-free soup that is spiked with a melange of flavourful spices. Yum.
Green Goddess Vegan Broccoli Soup
This soup recipe is so delicious you’ll forget that it’s completely nourishing for you. And it’s topped with kale chips! To make this gluten-free, substitute brown rice flour, chickpea flour, or your favourite gluten-free flour into the recipe.
Cozy Sweet Potato + Leek Soup
A hearty and cozy sweet potato soup that you can serve as an appetizer, but is filling enough to have for a light meal.
Walnut Squash Soup in Squash Cups
How creative is this one?! It’s a dairy-free soup recipe served in roasted squash – you can eat the bowl. Amazing.
Vegan Celery Root + Apple Soup
Celery root or celeriac is a gnarled but tasty root that offers creaminess and sweetness to this dairy-free soup recipe. And, in case you’re wondering, that bright orange colour of the soup comes from anti-inflammatory turmeric!
Vietnamese Hot + Sour Tamarind Soup
A nourishing and tangy vegan soup that’s packed with fresh veggies and herbs. We’re in love.
The entire Culinary Nutrition Expert Program is dairy-free.
Lemongrass Herb Bone Marrow Soup
A power-packed, nutrient-rich and easy soup that you can customize with fresh herbs for serving, or add a splash of coconut or cashew cream for extra creaminess.
Miso Kale Soup with Kabocha Squash Cream
A complete bowl of nourishment, including the fermented goodness of miso, the bright abundance of kale, the anti-inflammatory ginger and of course that luxurious kabocha squash cream.
Mexican Black Bean Soup
An easy soup recipe that you can make vegan or non-vegan depending on what type of broth you use. And you can’t go wrong with a sprinkle of corn tortillas on top, right?
Thai Noodle Bowl Soup
Thai Noodle Bowl Soup by Stephanie Long (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)
This recipe from the ACN charity e-cookbook combines the beautiful flavours of Thai food with the incredible nutrient-rich properties of bone broth (or veggie broth, if you want to make it vegan). Perfect for winter, this warming anti-inflammatory bowl uses spaghetti squash noodles, rich Thai spices and colourful veggies.
Lentil Vegetable Soup
This soup is a full-meal deal with a ton of nourishing veggies and protein-rich lentils, plus there’s the addition of optional Chinese herbs to boost the healing quotient. We opt, we opt, we opt.
Cream of Mushroom + Roasted Garlic Soup
You don’t need dairy to make your soup creamy. Raw cashews take care of the creaminess in this dairy-free soup recipe, and you’ve got the amazing caramelized flavour of the roasted garlic. Put this one on your ‘to-cook’ list!
One-Pot Creamy Curry Rice Soup
One-pot meals are the greatest and this one definitely lives up to its name. This dairy-free soup is packed with beans, rice, veggies and cashew cream, so you’ll feel ultra-satisfied with every spoonful.
Healing Miso Soba Noodle Soup
The ginger miso broth in this recipe is the perfect vehicle for your favourite veggies, tofu and gluten-free noodles. It’s like a hug in a bowl.
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
This super easy split pea soup only needs about five minutes of prep time and then 6 hours later – ta da! – you’ve got a filling meal. And, it’s a slow cooker recipe – one of our favourite kitchen tools!