No Croutons Required - Favorite Vegetarian Soups and Salads

Regular contributors to NCR will know that Jacqueline and I have made some changes to this long running event as we roll into 2014. Rather than focusing on a specific theme, we are making things more general so it is easier for cooks to submit their favorite vegetarian soups and salads. We certainly received plenty of tempting recipes. Thanks to everyone who took the time to participate this month.

Now settle in and see what has been going on in kitchens around the world. We certainly received some tempting dishes this month. Let us start with the soups.

spicy cashew soup
Recipe: Winter Warmer Spicy Cashew Soup With Plantain Croutons

Chef: Wonderlusting
Blog: Wonderlusting
Location: UK

This cook is nuts about cashews and this spicy bowl includes raw cashew nuts, roasted cashew nuts and cashew nut butter. They come together with dried red chilies, tomatoes and peppers. No croutons are required, but I'm glad these plantain croutons made their way into the bowl.

Broccoli Soup
Recipe: Broccoli, Courgette and Stilton Soup

Chef: Caroline
Blog: Caroline Makes
Location: London, UK

On a quest to eat more vegetables and also to use up some cheese left over from Christmas, Caroline tricks herself by sneaking broccoli and zucchini into this creamy and cheesy blended soup. A fine way to serve up a healthy dose of veggies.

Thai Sweet Potato Kidney Bean soup
Recipe: Thai-Inspired Sweet Potato Kidney Bean Soup

Chef: Lisa
Blog: Lisa's Kitchen
Location: Ontario, Canada

This fragrant and colorful soup is my contribution this month. Sweet potatoes and earthy, robust kidney beans are simmered in a spicy Thai-inspired broth, complete with homemade Thai red curry paste. Just what I needed on a cold winter night.

mushroom soup
Recipe: Vegan Hot and Sour Soup

Chef: Deena
Blog: Oh! You Cook!
Location: US

I never can resist mushrooms and they make an appearance in this brothy soup along with scallions, garlic, ginger, tofu, rice vinegar and soy sauce. Deena tells us it comes together in hardly anytime at all and is very warming.

vegetable and rice soup
Recipe: Holy Moley Veggie and Rice Soup

Chef: Janet
Blog: The Taste Space
Location: US

Inspired by recent trip to Mexico City, Janet cooked up with this mouthwatering mole that surprisingly includes chocolate. The dark chocolate is an intriguing backdrop to the vegetables, chickpeas, rice and seasoning and spices that come together in this hearty soup.

Recipe: Lentil and Vegetable Potage

Chef: Linzi
Blog: Lancashire Food
Location: Lancashire, UK

This lovely and creamy soup combines the goodness of lentils, carrots, onions, garlic and potatoes. The addition of lentils provides "a smooth rib sticking velvety feel" to the potage. Served with some crusty bread, this would certainly be a satisfying winter evening meal.

black bean soup
Recipe: Chipotle Black Bean Soup with Orange and Red Onion Salsa

Chef: Gayathri
Blog: Spices Galore
Location: US

Gayathri didn't want to brave frigid conditions outdoors so she raided her pantry and came up with this beautiful silky and spicy soup. Earthly black beans are complemented by smoky chipotles and aromatics and spices. It's topped off with a delightful fruity salsa with lime for extra sweet and sour flair.

chickpea lentil soup
Recipe: Chili Chickpea Lentil Soup

Chef: Nutritious Deliciousness
Blog: Nutritious Deliciousness
Location: ?

Chickpeas please! Here they come together with lentils, red onion, tomatoes and a bit of spice. The soup is garnished with flax seeds and a good dollop of yogurt. Warming and packed full of protein.

leek and potato soup
Recipe: Quick-a-leekie Easy Leek and Potato Soup

Chef: Sarah
Blog: Dinner with Crayons
Location: UK

Soup is a Saturday ritual at Sarah's house, and she shares this easy blended soup that makes good use of leftover bits from the fridge. Leeks and potatoes are blended with vegetable stock and cream and then garnished with homemade croutons. Yet another warming soup to add to your menus.

Roast cauliflower cheese soup
Recipe: Roast Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Chef: Vanesther
Blog: Bangers and Mash
Location: UK

Those that aren't fussy on cauliflower ought to give this soup a try. In this case, the cauliflower is roasted along with onion and smoked paprika for a deeper flavor and then simmered in vegetable stock. Cheddar and Lancashire cheese are stirred in at the end to complete this flavorful dish.

farmers market soup
Recipe: Farmer's Market Vegetable Soup

Chef: Sally
Blog: My Custard Pie
Location: Middle East

On a mission to clean out her fridge and waste nothing, Sally makes up this delightful vegetable packed soup. Onion, fennel and celery come together with tomatoes, shredded cabbage, a bit of pasta, green beans and fresh herbs. Served with crusty bread, you are in for a treat.

Thai noodle soup
Recipe: Spicy Thai Noodle Soup

Chef: Katie
Blog: Feeding Boys and a Firefighter
Location: UK

There certainly isn't anything boring about Katie's refreshing Thai inspired soup that she served up for lunch. Rice noodles and pak choi are served in a delicious broth of coconut milk, green curry paste, ginger, lime, peanut butter, soy sauce and lime. Garnish with peanuts to fill it out a bit more.

parsnip soup
Recipe: Parsnip, Carrot and Lentil Soup

Chef: Jacqueline
Blog: Tinned Tomatoes
Location: Scotland, UK

My dear friend Jacqueline and co-host of this event came up with soup to use up some parsnips lingering in the fridge. Here they come together with chopped and grated carrots, onion, garlic, a bit of spice and red lentils. Surely a satisfying winter soup with interesting texture.

parsnip soup
Recipe: Parsnip, Apple and Leek Soup

Chef: Laura
Blog: Knead Whine
Location: UK

Laura was faced with an abundance of parsnips, so she made them the focal point of a soup. They are joined here by leeks, apples and rosemary. Easy to prepare with earthy flavors, the apples add some nice sweetness. Blended soups are always a comfort.

vegetable soup
Recipe: Vegetable Soup With Pasta and Garbanzo Beans

Chef: Pravina
Blog: Indo Global Food
Location: US

Being an especially cold winter, soups are certainly a must. Pravina decided to make slow-cooked soup that was a breeze to prepare and nice and warm for dinner. Carrots and chickpeas are simmered in a onion tomato gravy. Pasta is added part way through the cooking time along with bell pepper and the hearty soup is then garnished with fresh herbs.

Recipe: Jerusalem Artichoke and Rosemary Soup with Jerusalem Artichoke Crisps

Chef: Shaheen
Blog: Allotment to Kitchen
Location: UK

Shaheen takes advantage of artichokes which she says is an under appreciated winter vegetable. Here they shine with rosemary. The best part is she tops her soup with homemade artichoke crisps that are sprinkled with rosemary salt. Time to seek out some Jerusalem artichokes.

And now for some salads that you might wish to consider serving alongside some soup:

rainbow salad
Recipe: Jamie Oliver’s Grated Rainbow Vegetable Salad with Sesame Feta Fritters

Chef: Corina
Blog: Searching for Spice
Location: UK

Needing a cleanse after the holidays, Corina offers up a satisfying salad consisting of grated carrot, onion and cucumber dressed with olive oil and vinegar. It's served over couscous, and topped with divine sounding sesame feta fritters and homemade pita bread croutons.

orange date salad
Recipe: Spiced Orange, Date, Green Olive & Parsley Salad

Chef: Laura
Blog: How to Cook Good Food
Location: UK

Inspired by the flavors of Morocco, Laura presents this intriguing salad made up of chili spiced oranges, sticky dates, salty tangy olives and refreshing parsley with a splash of extra virgin olive oil. I would be going back for seconds.

winter salad
Recipe: Citrus and Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Chef: Kellie
Blog: Food to Glow
Location: UK

Kellie takes advantage of winter produce with this cheering and colorful salad. Mingling here are beets, carrots, parsnips, oranges and parsley. Everything is dressed with pomegranate molasses, vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil and cumin. Wonderful blend of flavors here.

butter lettuce salad
Recipe: Butter Lettuce Salad with Persimmon, Avocado and Almonds

Chef: Simona
Blog: Briciole
Location: US

Romaine lettuce gets the royal treatment here. Simona begins with soft and crisp butterhead lettuce and then adds naturally sweet persimmon, lightly toasted almonds and some aromatics. Everything comes together with ripe avocado, lemon juice and sea salt. Simple perfection indeed.

mushroom salad
Recipe: Black Salsify and Wild Mushrooms Warm Salad

Chef: Galina
Blog: Chez Maximka
Location: UK

I've never tried black salsify before, but I would be sure to enjoy it. Galina tells us that it is delicately flavored root vegetable. She makes up a salad that includes wild mushrooms. Add some garlic into the mix, along with olive oil, butter, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and pine nuts and you have one fine winter salad.

beet salad
Recipe: Beetroot and Watercress Salad

Chef: Antonia
Blog: A Little Bit Greedy
Location: UK

Antonia is typically not a big fan of beetroot, but when one arrived in her vegetable box, she decided to try something different. Here orangey beet comes together with watercress, pine nuts, chilies, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Delicious.

caesar salad
Recipe: Vegan Caesar Salad

Chef: Johanna
Blog: Green Gourmet Giraffe
Location: Melbourne, Australia

For the first time, Johanna made and enjoyed a Caesar Salad. This vegan version features lettuce, and also tempeh bacon and homemade sourdough bread croutons. The salad base is served alongside a tofu besan omelet and drizzled with a dressing that features cashew butter, garlic, tamari, olive oil and lemon juice. I'm intrigued!

avocado salad
Recipe: Creamy, Crunchy, Bean and Avocado Salad

Chef: Vohn
Blog: Vohn's Vittles
Location: Scotland, UK

In a quest to eat healthier, Vohn tosses together this luscious salad. Lettuce, cabbage, bell pepper, spring onions, olives and mixed beans are dressed with mashed avocado and lime juice. Love the different flavors and textures at play here.

And that concludes the roundup for this month. Jacqueline will be hosting the February edition of NCR. Be sure to visit her blog at the beginning of the month for the announcement.


Simona said...

A beautiful selection of soul-warming soups and heart-cheering salads. Thank you so much, Lisa, for the elegant roundup.

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

What an amazing roundup. it must be one of our best ever. So inspiring.

janet @ the taste space said...

What a fabulous turn out! Your write ups for each dish are always stellar and this was a pleasure to read through, Lisa. Thank you again for a great blogger challenge. :)

Heather @Gluten-Free Cat said...

What a great roundup! Soup and salad, what a great way to start the year.

Sharyn Dimmick said...

I want to try several of these soups and salads: first up the cashew soup and the citrus salad with pomegranate molasses, but there are many contenders. Thank you.