Carrot Cauliflower Soup with Lemon Zest

This is a comforting, balanced soup appropriate for summer.  It is low-oil and can be made in about an hour.  Try to use all-organic ingredients--but especially for the lemon and cauliflower.


carrots (chunked; same bulk of carrots as the head of cauliflour--adjust as needed)
cauliflower (chunked; use the entire head, minus stems and heart)
1⁄4 teaspoon
turmeric powder
1 teaspoon
curry powder (I use the mild Ginger Malaysian curry from
1⁄2 teaspoon
sea salt (for use when sauteing the onion)
onion (largish; Vidalia or sweet onion)
3 tablespoons
sweet white miso
kale (cut into short, thin strips)
3 tablespoons
safflower oil (for sauteing onion)

Additional Notes

There are many versions of this recipe around the web--this is Pat Palmer's version.  In a macrobiotic style of eating, this recipe is intended for occasional use for healthy people only, as it contains a lemon (which is tropical), and also curry and turmeric powders.  The recipe may or may not be appropriate for people suffering from illnesses.To make this easier for a dinner party, wash and chop the veggies (except the onion) the day before.


  1. Wash and chunk the cauliflower and carrots and put them in a medium-sized soup pot (3-qt size or a bit larger).
  2. Cover the vegetables with water and bring to a light boil.
  3. Once the vegetables are boiling, peel and slice the onion finely.
  4. In a skillet, heat the safflower oil and throw in the turmeric and curry powder.  Saute the onion for 3-5 minutes.  Sprinkle the salt over the onion once the onion has gotten hot (and while stirring--this helps bring the moisture out of the onion).  Add water as needed to keep the skillet from getting too hot and keep some liquid sauce under the onions. 
  5. Add the sauteed onions and any liquid to the boiling vegetables.  Boil for at least 5 minutes more.
  6. Wash and chop a handful of kale and set it aside for now.
  7. Dissolve the miso in a few tablespoons of filtered water (by squishing it with a spoon until all the liquid is smooth).
  8. Peel off only the deep-yellow outer layer from about 1/3 of the lemon--I use a carrot-peeler.  Be sure to get only the outer later (the white stuff inside the peel will be too bitter).  Chop the lemon peel into tiny bits--this is your lemon "zest".  Add it to the boiling vegetables.
  9. Juice the lemon, strain the juice to remove any seeds or solid matter, and save the juice for the last step.
  10. Once the vegetables are combined and tender (30 minutes minimum, and 45-60 minutes is also okay), turn off the burner, and use a hand blender (carefully!--don't splatter and burn yourself--keep it submerged) to puree the soup in its cooking pot.  Of if you don't have a hand-blender, move it to a food processor or blender for pureeing, then return to the cooking pot.
  11. Add the dissolved miso and the chopped kale, and heat the pot gently (without boiling, but stirring well) for four minutes.  Try not to let it boil, lest you destroy the healthy probiotic organisms in the miso.
  12. Turn off the burner, and stir in the lemon juice.