Cold Potato, Green Bean, and Quinoa Soup

Green beans on table

Potatoes, green beans, and quinoa make a refreshing trio in a cold summer soup. Serve with fresh corn on the cob and a colorful salad or grilled veggies.

Serves: 6
  • 4 medium-large potatoes
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 1/2 cup raw quinoa (any color, but red quinoa looks nice in this soup)
  • 2 cups unsweetened rice milk or other nondairy milk
  • 8-ounce container vegan sour cream, or 1 recipe homemade
    Vegan Sour Cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon good-quality curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Peel the potatoes and cut into approximately 1/2-inch dice. Cover with water in a small soup pot and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook until the potatoes are about half done, about 10 minutes.

Add the green beans and cook until both are tender but not overdone, about 10 minutes longer. Remove from the heat, but do not drain.

Combine the quinoa with 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a slow boil, then turn the heat down and simmer gently until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.

Stir the quinoa into the soup pot with the potatoes and green beans and allow the mixture to cool down to room temperature.

Combine about half of the rice milk with the vegan sour cream in a bowl and whisk together until smooth (this won’t be necessary if you’re using homemade vegan sour cream). Add this along with the remaining rice milk, plus the remaining ingredients, to the soup pot. Stir together.

Serve at room temperature or cover and refrigerate until chilled before serving.

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