Coconut, Yam, and Leek Soup


Bursting with flavors of coriander and cumin, the sweet coconut balances the leeks and the gorgeous orange yams that have been browned to perfection. Easy, quick, and totally vegan/vegetarian.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
26 mins
Total Time:
46 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

  • 2 yams, peeled and cubed

  • 1 large carrot, sliced 1/4-inch thick

  • 1 large leek, thinly sliced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 Meyer lemon, juiced

  • 1 (32 fluid ounce) container vegetable broth

  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk

  • 1 pinch kosher salt to taste

  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach, or more to taste


  1. Heat coconut oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add yams; stir to coat with oil. Cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side. Add carrot; cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in leek and garlic; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add cumin and coriander; stir until evenly distributed.

  2. Pour lemon juice, vegetable broth, and coconut milk into the pot; stir to combine. Bring soup to a gentle boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, until carrots are tender, about 15 minutes. Season with salt.

  3. Ladle soup into serving bowls and garnish with fresh spinach.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute any high-heat oil for the coconut oil if preferred. Add more oil if mixture looks dry in step 1.

Substitute chopped kale for the spinach if preferred.

Use sea salt instead of kosher salt if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

528 Calories
26g Fat
72g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 528
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 22g 108%
Sodium 619mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 43mg 216%
Calcium 122mg 9%
Iron 7mg 36%
Potassium 2036mg 43%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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