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Dairy Free Potato Kale Soup


This dairy free potato kale soup recipe is creamy, rich, and incredibly flavorful. Using simple ingredients and just one pot, this soup comes together in under an hour on the stovetop. 

Dairy Free Potato Kale Soup

This soup right here. I don’t even know where to start. It’s out of this world. Tender new potatoes and wilted kale in the creamiest dairy-free base ever. All of it takes shape in one pot and with minimal clean-up. In a nutshell, this is comfort food perfection.

In the 6 years that we’ve been blogging, we’ve made A LOT of recipes. 400-ish of which have made it to the blog and probably another 400 never made the cut.

Every single recipe we share is special. There’s a lot of time and effort put into testing, photographing, editing, and writing before it ever gets posted. By the time it’s ready to post, I feel like it’s one of my “babies.” Then it’s released into the world wide interweb where it sinks or it swims. 😬😬😬 Will you guys love it and make it over and over again? Will you think it tastes like crap or it’s too complicated to make?

I could pull the good parent card and claim that I love every recipe equally. But that wouldn’t exaaaaaactly be true. I do love them all. But I definitely love some recipes more than others. This soup. It’s one of those recipes.

Dairy Free Potato Kale Soup

Dairy Free Potato Kale Soup in Bowl

Dairy Free Potato Kale Soup on Spoon

It was love at first taste with this soup. I portioned out a little “taster” bowl and let it cool by the stovetop, thinking we would each try a bite and make necessary adjustments. Instead, I tried that first bite and my eyes got real big. I looked from the pot to the bowl and back to the pot and I said something like “holy shit, Clark. this is good.”

So we didn’t make a single change to it. It was perfect on the very first try – and that’s something that *almost* never happens. ✨ I don’t need to ask questions or analyze why it worked so well. We’re just gonna give the credit to Clark’s memaw because this recipe was the first thing we cooked in the snazzy red pot she gifted us for Christmas. It’s as simple as that.

Make it. Make it tonight, in fact. This soup is easy enough to make on a busy weeknight – from start to finish, it takes less than an hour. Then you’re cozying up with a warm bowl of your new favorite potato kale soup. Made from scratch, by you, with just a handful of simple ingredients and a pinch of magic.


Dairy Free Potato Kale Soup

Dairy Free Potato Kale Soup - HANDS DOWN, this is my favorite comfort food soup. It's creamy, rich, and SO flavorful. Crazy easy to make. It's vegan and gluten free too.

This dairy free potato kale soup recipe is creamy, rich, and incredibly flavorful. Using simple ingredients and just one pot, this soup comes together in under an hour on the stovetop.

  • Author: The Fitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop


Soup Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or press
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 215 oz. cans whole coconut milk, well-shaken
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 cups red potatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 to 1 Tablespoon sea salt, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 cups kale

For Coconut Bacon (Optional)

  • 1 cup coconut shreds
  • 1 Tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika


Instructions for the Soup

In a large pot, heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil to medium low. Add onion and thyme. Sauté for 5 minutes until onion is softened. Add garlic and sauté 3 minutes.
Add white wine vinegar and stir quickly to deglaze the pot.
Add coconut milk, vegetable broth, potatoes, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes.
Decrease heat to simmer and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes. Scoop out 2 cups of the soup from the pot and add to a blender. Give it a quick pulse, then pour back into the pot. Add kale and stir to combine. Cover and cook 5 minutes minutes until kale is tender and wilted.
Serve it up with warm baguette, crispy coconut bacon, fresh herbs, or whatever you fancy – then enjoy!

Instructions for Coconut Bacon
Preheat oven to 325º. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine tamari/soy sauce, maple syrup, pepper, and paprika in a small mason jar and shake well to combine. You could also whisk it together in a bowl, but I find the mason jar method so much easier!
Add coconut shreds to a ziplock bag and pour in the liquid mixture. Shake well to make sure it’s all coated. Spread the shreds onto the baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake 15-20 minutes, tossing every 5 minutes. Do NOT overcook. They crisp up as they cool.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 290
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 1123 mg
  • Fat: 22 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 4 g

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  • Kara
    January 12, 2020

    This soup is a game changer! I made a slight change because I only had one can of coconut milk, so I used that and a can size amount of oat milk. I cannot say enough good things about this soup. Way to go!!

    • thefitchen
      January 14, 2020

      Right?! This soup is legit one of my favorite recipes ever. I’m so glad you like it too! Good to know it works with oat milk too. :)

  • Lorraine Hughes
    January 2, 2020

    This was good with the exception of the way too much pepper! Did you really intend for 1 tablespoon of pepper?

    • thefitchen
      January 3, 2020

      I’m sorry you weren’t a fan of the pepper! We tend to like a lot of pepper in most any soup we make. Hopefully you will try it again!

  • Eric C Andruscavage
    December 15, 2019

    Coconut milk is 750 calories/can, so I only used one can and doubled the vegetable broth. My store didn’t have the low fat coconut milk. I liked the coconut flavor, so I added some Thai coconut extract from the asian store. The coconut bacon is a great idea. I cheated a bit, put the soup in shallow soup cups with the (unbaked) coconut bacon on top, and then put them in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

  • Elizabeth
    November 11, 2019

    Love it. Quick an easy. I “halved it” easily. Added some chopped mushrooms, celery, carrots, bacon grease & bacon bits to add more KETO properties to it. Definitely 2 thumbs up.

    • thefitchen
      November 13, 2019

      So glad you liked it! Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback! :)

  • Sea Kelly
    October 29, 2019

    Holy s**t! This soup is from HEAVEN!

    I did change some things (size of ingredient portions), but still used the basic flavours and ingredients from this recipe.

    I make A LOT of soups — never thought to use coconut milk (or frothy coconut milk as I did) in a potato and kale soup, but it was amazing.

    This is the first time I have ever commented in a recipe feedback — and as mentioned, I cook lot, love cooking, and make many soups — that shows you how I really feel about this soup!

    • thefitchen
      November 8, 2019

      I feel the same way, friend! This soup is one of my all-time favorite recipes. It is just SO good. We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us feedback. You might have won best comment of the year! :)

  • N
    August 8, 2019

    This is a FANTASTIC recipe. Potato soup was a favorite in my family. This is a much healthier version than what I grew up with, but there is NO sacrifice in flavor or richness. Will I make it again? YES!!!

    • thefitchen
      August 13, 2019

      Awwww yay! I am so glad to hear that you loved this soup recipe. Thank you so much for taking them time to leave feedback. <3

  • Marissa Khosh
    May 27, 2019

    Very good, easy, healthy soup! This one went in my virtual recipe book.

    • thefitchen
      May 28, 2019

      Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed. :)

  • Raquel Franklin
    May 24, 2019

    Looks absolutely amazing!!! Definitely trying this weekend, how do you think almond or cashew milk would taste as a alternative for the coconut milk?

    • thefitchen
      May 25, 2019

      Hi Raquel! For this recipe, I really recommend sticking with canned coconut milk. It’s much thicker and creamier than almond or cashew milk. I hope you enjoy!

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  • Chris Fletcher Jr.
    December 14, 2018

    We will definitely be making this again!!

    • thefitchen
      December 19, 2018

      Right?! This is one of my favorite soups EVER! Glad you enjoyed. :)

  • Molly Devine
    November 2, 2018

    Question: Would it be ok to skip the blending? That’s one kitchen item on my list to buy.

    • thefitchen
      November 5, 2018

      Hi Molly! I’ve never tried to skip the blending step. It does help create a creamy soup, but it may be fine without blending. I can’t say for certain since I’ve never tested it that way!

  • Carrie
    September 26, 2018

    YUM, YUM, YUM……SOOOOOO delicious. Thank you!

  • Sara
    January 22, 2018

    What a beautiful bowl of soup! I can’t wait to try the recipe!

    • thefitchen
      February 6, 2018

      Yes! Enjoy!

  • Debs
    January 22, 2018

    Love this recipe. It looks and sounds amazing.

  • Lois. O
    January 21, 2018

    The way you describe your love for this soup and your pics are really enticing! Ok you’ve convinced me. I’ll add this to my to do list. Can’t wait to try this out for myself!

    • thefitchen
      February 6, 2018

      You will love it! Make ASAP and report back. :)

      • Jackie
        October 17, 2019

        Soup was delicious! We loved it, 1 tablespoon of black pepper was a bit much my family and I, so I’ll reduce that next time! Thank you :)

        • thefitchen
          October 23, 2019

          Awesome! I’m so glad your family enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to leave us some feedback! :)

  • Amanda Mason
    January 21, 2018

    Yeah FINALLY a dairy free potato soup!! And I love that you used kale!! Sounds so amazing and I love the alterations you have made to this classic soup!!

    • thefitchen
      February 6, 2018

      YES! It’s still so creamy and delicious, even without dairy.

  • Jenni
    January 21, 2018

    Oh, wow! This soup looks so creamy and comforting and perfect for a winter dinner!

  • Ashima
    January 21, 2018

    Not a big fan of potato soups but the combination of potato and coconut milk sounds interesting! I love coconut potato curry and something is telling me I am going to love this soup..
    going to try out soon!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • thefitchen
      February 6, 2018

      I was in the same boat until I tried this soup. The base is so creamy and smooth, not gritty at all. Then there are chunks of tender potatoes and bits of kale for some texture. SO good.

  • Jennifer
    January 21, 2018

    I cannot get over how delicious this soup looks! I can’t have potatoes so I think i’ll try making it with some rutabaga!

    • thefitchen
      February 6, 2018

      That’s an awesome idea! I love rutabaga.

  • Saima Zaidi
    January 20, 2018

    The pictures are so good, I feel like having this soup right now! I do have a question though. The vegetable broth that you use – is it homemade or do you buy it. If it’s the latter, which brand? Thanks for posting this recipe.

    • thefitchen
      February 6, 2018

      I use store-bought veggie broth! I haven’t tried making my own yet. I like Simple Truth’s and Pacific’s broths best.

  • Kate
    January 20, 2018

    Isn’t it magic when a recipe is perfect on the first try?! Well done-this soup looks incredible! :)

    • thefitchen
      February 6, 2018

      It rarely happens so YES it is magic!

  • Ben Myhre
    January 19, 2018

    Dairy… not dairy…. it looks great.

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    January 19, 2018

    What a great looking soup! It sounds delicious and right now I need to warm up. This would be a tasty wasy to do it.

    • thefitchen
      February 6, 2018

      Most definitely! Enjoy. :)

  • Jenni LeBaron
    January 19, 2018

    This looks like a great, warm and hearty soup! Coconut bacon is a great idea!

    • thefitchen
      February 6, 2018

      Perfect for winter days!

  • Michele
    January 19, 2018

    This may be the way I get
    My husband to eat kale… he’ll never know! I’m loving your suggestion at using coconut milk! Brilliant!

    • thefitchen
      February 6, 2018

      This recipe is great for people who don’t love greens. The kale gets super tender!

  • Emily Kyle
    January 16, 2018

    This jogs my memory, my mom used to make potato soup for us when we were little, I totally forgot! I can’t wait to try this now :)

    • thefitchen
      January 16, 2018

      Awwww… I bet mom’s was SO good!

  • Rachel
    January 15, 2018

    I love when creamy lookin soups like this don’t contain any dairy! This is perfection in cold weather.

    • thefitchen
      January 16, 2018

      Yes! It makes them a million times better!

  • Alisa Fleming
    January 15, 2018

    Hello yumminess! This is a winter meal I can do. My husband loves soup, but brothy soups don’t make me feel great. I love rich ones like this!

    • thefitchen
      January 16, 2018

      Agreed! With this cold weather, creamy soups are a must!

  • Lorie
    January 15, 2018

    Why the heck have I never added make to my potato soup? Great idea!!!

  • Sarah
    January 15, 2018

    So cozy and with these temps all I crave is soup and comfort food! Love the addition of coconut bacon on top I bet the saltiness balances it out perfectly!

    • thefitchen
      January 16, 2018

      Same here! Give me alllll the soups all winter long.

  • Deryn Macey
    January 15, 2018

    This ones looks pretty special to me! Sooo creamy! I can’t wait to try this, I’ve been loving all the soups lately!

    • thefitchen
      January 16, 2018

      Me too! And this one is my new fave. :)

  • amanda -runtothefinish
    January 15, 2018

    yaaaaa for making creamy things that are dairy free. i have a similar version and it’s so perfect for this time of year

  • Maria
    January 15, 2018

    This looks so cozy and delicious! And with that coconut bacon! Adding it to my soup list. :)

    • thefitchen
      January 15, 2018

      It’s SO good. Enjoy!

  • Susan
    January 14, 2018

    Wow! This looks yummy. It will be on my list to make this week. Coconut Bacon can’t wait to try. ❄️susan

    • thefitchen
      January 15, 2018

      I hope you enjoy it! Such a good soup. :)

  • craig guthrie
    January 14, 2018

    Recipe looks good but what are the calories?

    • thefitchen
      January 15, 2018

      Hi Craig! I just fixed the recipe to reflect nutritional info. Thanks for the heads up – it was all inputted before I published but it disappeared!