Quick Coconut Potato Herb Soup [Vegan]

Good news! This is my first official post-passing-the-prelim post. I have to admit, this is an old post which has been patiently waiting in the bin, so I do apologize for my .. lateness. The hard work paid off and I am now an official PhD candidate (still cheap grad labor, yesss!)... I guess those guys really want to know how 22Ne+p affects 23Na (must they salt their food often I wonder?). The coconut yogurt is still in the works, I promise! Sorry for all the delay and excuses; the gf/df probiotic we ordered is taking its sweet ole' time to ship here.

Thanks for waiting patiently at your computer and Happy Saint Pat's Day!! I figured this green-looking (well, in these pictures at least) soup might add to the cheer since everyone claims that last bit of 1/1000000 drop of Irish heritage today. So drink up (the soup :) ) and honor good old St. Patrick.

I know there are about a billion potato soup recipes out there, but I thought I'd add one more :) I am very pressed for time right now with work and, as I've said before, I am relying on my Vitamix to whip up quick healthy meals. I've done a different soup every night this past week and a half or so (they're all dairy free, and some low carb ones - not this potato one, of course). This is my healthy, dairy-free version of creamy potato soup. As you'll see in the recipe, I use red potatoes for a lower glycemic index than white potatoes. If you like potatoes or are as chilly as we are up here (where is spring darn it?!?) and want a different quick, healthy soup recipe(s), then see my links at the bottom. If you're on a low carb diet, substitute cauliflower for all of the potato and omit the water.

2-3 small to medium red potatoes, with skin (most of the vitamins and fiber are in the skin)
1/2 head fresh cauliflower OR 1/2 lb. frozen cauliflower
1/2 onion
4 T. shredded organic (no sulfur) coconut (divided- half for soup half for garnish)
1 c. water
1 c. low sodium vegetable broth (we use Pacific brand for gluten free vegan convenience broth)
2 c. organic lite coconut milk
2 T. extra virgin olive oil (more to taste)
4 cloves garlic
pinch ginger (ground)
Sea salt and pepper
hearty sprinkle dried dill weed
sprig fresh rosemary

Wash and dry potatoes and cauliflower. Chop the potatoes into halves or quarters and chop the cauliflower into half-fist sized chunks (no need to be exact, prechopping just reduces blending time). Add the potatoes and cauliflower to Vitamix (or your blender).

Pour in the water, coconut milk, vegetable broth, olive oil, and add the spices. I just dropped whole garlic cloves and the chunk of ginger directly into the blender. You can adjust the water to coconut (or other "milk") amounts to suit your taste. More coconut milk will make a creamier soup, of course, so use whichever ratio you prefer. Toss in half of the coconut and secure your blender lid.

Turn on the blender at low variable speed to roughly chop the potatoes and cauliflower in the bottom. Once these have been reduced in size a bit, blend on HIGH for 6-7 minutes or until mixture is steaming. Serve hot with some nice, steamed collard greens like my Easy Cranberry Greens with Kale and Collards and some Irish soda bread (see links below) or my Honey Potato Flatbread. Again, if you're a low carber then sub all cauliflower for potatoes and enjoy!

Other gluten free delicious potato soups:

Cindalou's Kitchen Blues: Healthy Celiac / Coeliac Gluten and Dairy Free Recipes


  1. The soup looks fantastic Cindy....Thanks for this.

    But more importantly...congrats on defending your proposal!!!

    Keep up the momentum or else you could land in the intellectual purgatory known as ABD although the company is kinda interesting there too - although I guess I'm kinda biased ;)

  2. Orla,
    Thanks! ABD must have a number of uber worthy souls (my dad too, by the way :) ). I am still swamped until a pile of neglected work here, but I love your latest hemp creation. You are my hemp hero- I feel like we're the only bloggers in this little circle who dig it!
    Take care, I'll be snooping on your blog and one of these days I'll get back around to writing down about my snoops :)

  3. Wow...you posted many great potato soup recipes and they all sound great, thanks!

  4. The Soup Looks delicious. I will love to Try that.Although there are many Potato soups but this one looks delicious....Thanks for This!

  5. Hi Cindalou,

    I just got a Vitamix and have been bookmarking all your recipes like crazy. So glad to have discovered your blog!

    I have been reading posts here and there that say you need to cook potatoes before putting them in the vitamix or they'll taste raw even after blending them to hot soup. Do you just put yours in raw? Does it taste okay?

  6. Yes, you should cook the potatoes first, even a light steam. You should never eat raw potatoes, especially green potatoes since they are toxic. Hope that helps!

  7. Cindy,
    I am totally salivating right now! That looks so yummy. I am a vegetarian and was very happy to see you have a section just for people like me :) I have a quick question about another one of your posts. You said that agave nectar is now a no no. Why? I guess I live under a rock, I hadn't heard anything about it. Guess I should toss mine.

  8. Potatoes and Cauliflower are two of favorite veggies. To think that I haven't tasted this two on the same dish, I'm really excited to try it out. It's cold right here so this hot soup would be perfect.


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