Zucchini, Almond, and Mint Soup with Lemony Lentils


Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: A summer-style soup—one that you can enjoy hot or cold depending on the day—is always a great recipe to have in your repertoire. Cooked lentils make an excellent soup topping, as they add texture and heartiness. I also love adding almonds to soups—it keeps the recipe vegan while adding tons of creaminess and depth of flavor. Sometimes I toast them before hand, but here, I wanted the freshness of the zucchini and mint to shine through here without being overpowered by almonds, so I just threw them in alongside the zucchini. It's a rather quick meal to prepare with minimal fuss. Leftovers can be served cold with lots of lemon and black pepper.Jodi Kay ⎮ happy hearted kitchen

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup beluga lentils, preferably soaked for 1 hour or overnight
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion or shallot, finely chopped
  • 6 cups chopped zucchini (about 2 medium zucchini, unpeeled), plus additional ribbons for garnishing
  • 1 1/2 cups slivered almonds
  • 5 cups low-sodium organic vegetable stock
  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • Salt and pepper, taste
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Rinse and drain the lentils, then place in a sauce pot with 1 1/2 cups water and a pinch of sea salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 20 minutes, or until al dente. Don’t over-cook, or you will have a mushy mess on your hands. Drain any excess water and rinse the lentils clean. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pot, then add garlic and onion and sauté over low heat until soft and fragrant, stirring often. Add in chopped zucchini and almonds, and cook everything together until the almonds are just a little toasty, then cover with stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until zucchini is soft and tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool before blending.
  3. Stir in 1 cup chopped fresh mint to the soup and blend in a high speed blender until smooth. Season to taste. Dress the cooked lentils with lemon juice and zest and a little extra drizzle of olive oil. Serve the soup, hot or cold, and top each bowl with lemony lentils, extra mint, and zucchini ribbons.

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2 Reviews

robinorig July 21, 2018
I love this soup and it's becoming a summer staple. I ended up using light homemade chicken stock this time since I had poached chicken for chicken salad and it works just as nicely. I cut down on the mint just a little and I doubled the portion of lentils because they are so good. Highly recommend this. It's nice enough for company, too.
 
Blair September 26, 2017
i made this for dinner tonight - light, refreshing soup with plenty of leftovers. it needed a decent amount of salt and pepper (and i don't typically add much salt) but I think the recipe generally works. my non-vegan husband added parmesan and bacon in his to liven it up. i cheated and used almond meal rather than whole almonds, as i was afraid of killing my blender. i also used a higher heat than recommended to get things rolling a bit faster. not sure if i'll make it again, but i'll definitely enjoy the leftovers!