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No Croutons Required – January Roundup of Soups and Salads

It is time for the No Croutons Required monthly roundup of vegetarian soups and salads, alternately hosted by my treasured friend Jac of Tinned Tomatoes and myself. We had a great turnout this month and I’m happy to present you with 21 delicious recipes. As always, a special thanks to all of our fellow bloggers who took the time to share their creations. Now cuddle up and get some inspiration from these recipes.

Curry Laksa

Recipe: Curry Laksa

Chef: Persephone
Blog: Persephone H
Location: UK

First up is this lovely Malaysian curry that is sure to warm your toes during the cold winter months. You won’t miss the meat in this dish made up of shallot, garlic, chilies, ginger, mushrooms, a bit of soy sauce, coconut milk, noodles, bean sprouts, spinach, fresh cilantro and some fresh lime juice. I’ve been craving mushrooms and could not resist this soup.

Quinoa Salad with Kale, Pomegranate Seeds, Persimmon and Cranberries

Recipe: Quinoa Salad with Kale, Pomegranate Seeds, Persimmon and Cranberries

Chef: Erica
Blog: Healthy Life Lessons
Location: Toronto, Canada

Next up is a super packed nutritious salad that was made to celebrate Hannukah. I’ve no doubt it was a hit. Quinoa, kale, persimmon, pomegranate seeds, roasted almonds and cranberries are dressed up with an orange maple dressing. Certainly a dish to impress dinner guests.

winter slaw

Recipe: Winter Slaw Salad with Apple, Celery & Cucumber

Chef: Lisa
Blog: We Don’t Anything With a Face
Location: UK

Here we have another salad because even in the winter, salads are enjoyable and good for you. This one features apples, cucumber, celery, walnuts, mayonnaise or a mixture of olive oil and white wine vinegar if you please and some fresh dill or parsley. Easy to make and delightful to put on the table.

 Cauliflower Leaf Miso Soba Soup

Recipe: Cauliflower Leaf Miso Soba Soup

Chef: Kate
Blog: Veggie Desserts
Location: UK

Waste not want not, and Kate doesn’t waste any of the cauliflower, including the florets, leaves and stalk. This impressive soup is comprised of cauliflower leaves, mushroom stock, miso paste, fresh ginger, soy sauce, mushrooms, carrots, soba noddles and garnished with sesame seeds. Served along with Miso Ginger Roasted Cauliflower, you have everything you need for a nourishing and delightful meal.

Carrot and White Bean Soup

Recipe: Carrot and White Bean Soup

Chef: PJ
Blog: Seduce Your Tastebuds
Location: India

Bean soups are always a treat, especially during the cold months. This easy soup features white beans, onions, carrot, garlic, king masala and is garnished with some chili flakes and toasted sesame seeds. Served along with mint flavored sub rolls, you are in for a pure comfort meal.

wild rice and pea salad

Recipe: Spiced Wild Rice and Pea Salad

Chef: Corina
Blog: Searching for Spice
Location: UK

This adaptable salad would be wonderful anytime of year. Rice is cooked with cardamon pods and bay leaves. Then green peas are added along with carrot that is spiced up with allspice, ground coriander and cumin. Add some fresh parsley, some diced red onion, lemon juice and sprinkle with some toasted pine nuts and dinner is ready.

cabbage soup

Recipe: Mexican Cabbage Soup

Chef: Janet
Blog: The Taste Space
Location: Canada

This beautiful soup features green cabbage. Considering the cost of veggies these days in Canada, this was an economical choice. Cabbage comes together in this soup with onion, garlic, carrot, diced tomatoes and soy chorizo crumbles. This is an ideal soup for the cold weather months.

teff salad plate

Recipe: Salad plate with Teff, Hummus and Vegetables

Chef: Veg Hog
Blog: The VegHog
Location: UK

This is a plate I would hover over. Teff is a favorite grain of mine that I don’t cook nearly enough. It is served here with homemade hummus, roasted tomatoes and carrots and toasted nuts. I’ll be keeping this in mind for the near future.

Scotch Broth

Recipe: Scotch Broth Soup

Chef: Janice
Blog: Farmersgirl Kitchen
Location: UK

This Scot makes a beautiful thick soup with veggies, grains and pulses. Broth, carrots, onions and celery, vegetable stock are simmered and then we have yellow split peas, pearl barley, red lentil and kale is added near the end of the cooking time. Served with wholemeal bread, bannocks or oatcakes this is surely a meal to enjoy.

superfood salad

Recipe: January Superfood Salad

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

Superfood indeed and just lovely to look at. This salad features quinoa, roasted parsnips, carrots and brussels sprouts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds and kale too. It is all dressed up with olive oil, lemon, garlic, Dijon mustard and some blackberries. That is packed bowl of goodness for sure.

sweet potato soup with sumac

Recipe: Sweet Potato Soup with Sumac, Peanuts and Pomegranate

Chef: Galina
Blog: Chez Maximka
Location: UK

Now for another gorgeous soup. Sweet potatoes shine here along with onion, garlic, chili paste, sumac, carrots, red lentils, coconut milk and tomatoes. The soup is garnished with some roasted peanuts, pomegranate seeds and some fresh lime juice. Just yum.

Grilled Potato Salad

Recipe: Grilled Baby Potatoes and Creamy Broccoli Salad

Chef: Sadhna
Blog: Herbs, Spices and Tradition
Location: Canada

Next up, we have a complete and colourful meal in the form of a salad. Roasted potatoes with some paprika are combined with steamed broccoli and mixed with cream cheese and seasoning. Served with tomatoes and garnished with coriander, you are in for a treat.

pea lettuce soup

Recipe: Pea and Lettuce Soup

Chef: Alison
Blog: Dragons and Fairy Dust
Location: UK

It is indeed dark outside and there is nothing like a comforting soup to warm and cheer one up. I always enjoy pea soup and this one is filled out with little gem lettuces, onion, lemon juice and some seasoning. To keep it vegetarian, use veggie stock instead of chicken stock.

cauliflower soup

Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic Soup with Almond and Parmesan Crumble

Chef: Katie
Blog: Feeding Boys
Location: UK

Roasted cauliflower is always welcomed, especially when made into a delicious soup. Combined with roasted garlic, Parmesan cheese and then topped with a crumble of salted almonds and more Parmesan this is surely bliss in a bowl.

Italian Stew

Recipe: Italian Stew

Chef: Jen
Blog: Chardonnay and Samphire
Location: UK

Stew is always welcome in the winter months and this Italian style version should encourage you to get into the kitchen to use up any leftover veggies. This partially blended stew is made up of onion, garlic, chili, carrots, celery, borlotti beans, shredded cavolo nero, lemon juice and some fresh parsley for garnish. Warming and nourishing.

leek, lemongrass, cauliflower and chilli soup with coconut milk

Recipe: Leek, Lemongrass, Cauliflower and Chilli Soup with Coconut Milk

Chef: Dominic
Blog: Belleau Kitchen
Location: UK

Next up is another warming and easy to make soup. This delightful bowl includes some of my favorites. Featured here are onions, cauliflower, leeks, chili for a bit of heat, lemongrass, peas, coconut milk and some simple seasoning. I sure would like to sit by a warm fire and enjoy this.


Recipe: Drowning in Coconut Milk Korma Soup

Chef: Shaheen
Blog: Allotment 2 Kitchen
Location: UK

The title of this soup has my mouthwatering as I happen to love korma and coconut milk. For this homemade Korma, we have onion, garlic, chili flakes, cinnamon stick, turmeric, coriander, garam masala, ginger, cauliflower, carrots, peas, cashews, veggie stock, coconut milk and some fresh coriander leaves for garnish.

Spiced Parsnip Spinach Soup with Apple and Turmeric

Recipe: Spiced Parsnip Spinach Soup with Apple and Turmeric

Chef: Choclette
Blog: Tin and Thyme
Location: UK

Another delightful and warming soup is up next. Parsnips, onion, garlic, apple, ginger, turmeric, spinach, garam masala and coconut cream are all whizzed up for an easy to make dish that was inspired by Nigella.

chickpea and quinoa salad

Recipe: Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Dried Cherries

Chef: Lisa
Blog: Lisa’s Kitchen
Location: Canada

My contribution this month is a salad even though it is soup weather here in London. This colourful salad has everything you need for positive nourishment. Quinoa, chickpeas, cashews, sun-dried tomatoes and dried cherries are dressed with olive oil, red wine vinegar, freshly squeezed orange juice, honey, turmeric, cumin and some thyme.

Kale and Quinoa Salad

Recipe: Kale and Quinoa Salad

Chef: Dena
Blog: Oh! You Cook!
Location: USA

And now for another quinoa salad, this one with kale, red grapes, red pepper, sunflower seeds and lemon peel. This is all dressed with olive oil, honey, Dijon mustard, some seasoning, lemon juice and then generously topped with Parmigiano Reggiano. Oh my. This is better than cheesecake.

Curly Kale & Butter Bean Soup

Recipe: Curly Kale and Butter Bean Soup

Chef: Kate
Blog: The Veg Space
Location: UK

Our final entry is this lovely kale and butter bean soup. Leeks, garlic, onion, potatoes, kale, butter beans, stock and parsley are all whizzed up for a nourishing lunch or dinner alongside some crusty bread.

Hope my readers were inspired by all of these delicious submissions. Jacqueline will be hosting the next edition of No Croutons Required. Check her site soon for the announcement post.

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