Lentil Soup with Kale in a vintage pot

Vegan Lentil Soup with Kale

Vegan Lentil Soup with Kale Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Global


Our Lentil Soup with Kale is a comforting and nutritious dish that perfectly aligns with the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and detoxification. Free from salt, sugar, white wheat flour, alcohol, and caffeine, this vegan soup is a warming, wholesome meal that supports your body’s natural cleansing processes while providing a satisfying depth of flavor.

Ingredients of the Vegan Lentil Soup with Kale

  • 2 cups brown lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 large bunch kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, no salt added
  • 6 cups vegetable broth, homemade or low-sodium
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Fresh parsley and lemon wedges for serving
  • Optional: Nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor boost


  1. Sauté Vegetables: In a large pot over medium heat, add a splash of water or vegetable broth and sauté the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Spice It Up: Stir in the cumin, smoked paprika, turmeric, and black pepper, allowing the spices to become fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add Lentils: Mix in the lentils, ensuring they’re coated with the spice mixture.
  4. Simmer Soup: Pour in the vegetable broth and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, until the lentils are tender, about 35-40 minutes.
  5. Wilt the Kale: Add the chopped kale to the pot in the last 10 minutes of cooking, allowing it to wilt and become tender.
  6. Season: Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the apple cider vinegar. Adjust the flavors to your preference; if using, sprinkle in nutritional yeast for added depth.
  7. Serve: Ladle the soup into bowls, garnish with fresh parsley, and serve with a wedge of lemon on the side.

Health Benefits of the Lentil Soup With Kale

Lentils are an excellent source of plant-based protein and fiber, promoting satiety and aiding digestion. Kale is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, along with antioxidants that support detoxification pathways. The spices used are common in TCM for their anti-inflammatory properties and ability to support digestion and circulation.

Our Vegan Lentil Soup with Kale is just a glimpse into the world of TCM detox-friendly meals that await you. Each spoonful is not just a taste experience but a step toward holistic well-being. This soup harnesses the power of whole, plant-based foods to support your body’s cleansing and healing, in line with the wisdom of TCM. And this is just the start. On our blog, you’ll find a variety of recipes designed to align with your detox goals, each crafted to enrich your body and tantalize your palate. Let your journey to wellness be as delicious as it is healing. Click through to discover more recipes and start crafting your personal story of detoxification and rejuvenation today.

In the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), detoxing is an art—it’s about nurturing your body, caring for your internal landscape, and fostering a sense of deep, revitalizing wellness. It’s not just about what we remove, but also what we cultivate: a balanced Qi, the life force that dances through every part of our being.

In my TCM practice, detoxing is a symphony of methods designed to renew and enhance your body’s natural rhythms. We look to enliven the liver, the master of detox, alongside the kidneys, digestive tract, and lungs, our natural purification systems. The TCM pantry brims with nature’s detoxifiers like leafy greens, healing bitters, and soothing herbal teas, all working in concert to cleanse your blood and support your liver’s health. You will find a detailed guide to a 21day TCM detoxing right here

But let’s not forget the soul in the equation. Stress, the silent disruptor of harmony, is met with the gentle power of meditation, the focused calm of Qi Gong, and the flowing movements of Tai Chi. In my approach, emotional serenity is as vital to detoxing as the air we breathe. Join me on this journey of holistic detoxification, where every step is a step toward a more vibrant, energized, and balanced you. Let’s embrace this ancient wisdom and transform our health, one harmonious moment at a time.
If you want to get prepared for your 21day TCM detoxing – start here with our preparation guide


The information provided herein is intended for general wellness purposes and should not be considered as medical advice. The 21-Day TCM-Based Vegan Detox Guide is a holistic approach to health and well-being and is not a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, treatment, or advice. Always seek the guidance of your physician or another qualified health provider before starting any new health regimen, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, suffering from chronic diseases, or under any medication, including painkillers. This detox plan should only be commenced following a comprehensive checkup and with the approval of your personal healthcare provider to ensure it is appropriate for your health status and personal needs.

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