Lemon Chickpea Lentil Soup

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Dreena Burton is the master–er, mistress–of vegan soups. You might not know it because she’s more commonly known for her hummus, which occupies an entire chapter of her newest book, Eat, Drink & Be Vegan; but believe me, she is. In fact, the three best soups I’ve ever had have come from that very book.

The first two–Puréed Spicy Sweet Potato & Peanut Stew with Chickpeas and White Bean Rosemary Soup–have made frequent appearances in my kitchen, especially during my cold winter abroad in Scotland! If you know anything about me, the first one really should not come as a surprise given that it’s basically my three favorite foods having a party.

My new Dreena favorite is a little humbler, but no less delicious: Lemon Chickpea Lentil Soup. It has a base of chickpeas, red lentils, zucchini, celery, and onions, all of which is puréed before additional chickpeas and fresh lemon juice are added. Garnished with additional lemon juice (I couldn’t get enough!) and parsley, you have yourself a little bowl of Mediterranean-inspired heaven.

This soup is hearty while still being light, thanks to the vibrant lemon and hidden vegetables. However, in 112° Arizona, it’s still a little hot for soup, no matter how light it is. I solved that problem by enjoying my mug of soup with a little bit of unsweetened Wildwood Probiotic Soyogurt. The cool tangy bite of the yogurt tempered the warmth of the soup just enough to make it refreshing after a long day of photography errands.

If you don’t own any of Dreena’s books, what are you waiting for? Insane vegan soup is just a click or two away (on Amazon, that is!). Or, check out some of the recipes she’s posted on her blog.

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14 responses to “Lemon Chickpea Lentil Soup

  1. I have that book (of course! :) ) and must try those soups. It’s rarely too hot here in Scotland for soup (as you’ll no doubt remember!)
    Hope you enjoyed your photography shopping!

  2. The soup looks wonderful. I love the blue mug too! :)

  3. I agree with you 100%!!!!! I LOVE Dreena’s cookbooks and ESPECIALLY her soup recipes. I made the lemon lentil chickpea soup (BTW, also excellent if you puree the entire thing and let it be smooth, nut chunky) recently and I made the Mellow Lentil Sniffle Soup a week or two ago. So good!

  4. This does look wonderful – and the other soups sound it too! I think you just convinced a very hot and sweaty girl to make soup this weekend. THANKS! :)

  5. The combination of lentils, lemon, and chickpeas is pretty close to perfect, in my opinion. I make my own variations on that theme, all the time. It is always a hit, makes great leftovers, and SO healthy. Yours looks phenomenal, wish I could have a bowl for lunch.

  6. I don’t cook out of ED&BV very often, but everything I have made of her’s I love! Especially the soups!

  7. This soup looks good! Here’s another recipe with chickpeas you might like.

    http://www.vegrecipes4u.com/chana-kurma.html

  8. I haven’t made that recipe yet, but I bet it rocks. I love Dreena’s recipes!

  9. I have ED &BV and I’m ashamed to say I haven’t ventured too far beyond the hummus and sauces. I’m on it! Beautiful presentation, as always.

  10. I am so on board with the Dreena love. I adore that White Bean Rosemary soup — it’s simple, it’s good for you, and it’s seriously delicious, too. I’ll have to try this one soon!

  11. This lemon chickpea lentil soup looks delicious! I am going to try making it this Sunday :) How did you enjoy your stay in Scotland? I stayed in Edinburgh for 8 years. It was so easy to be a vegetarian or vegan in that city! as there are lots of little places to eat meat-free.

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