Vegan Red Lentil Apple Soup {Gluten-Free}

Vegan Red Lentil Apple Soup {Gluten-Free}

Simply the most incredible lentil soup ever. Made with red lentils and the addition of apple to take things to the next level. Gluten-Free and Vegan.


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Coming across a winning soup recipe is like winning a mini lottery to me. My eyes light up and I could skip and dance with joy.

No joke.

You know how much I love soups with my recent posts proclaiming my love for creamy vegan zucchini soup, creamy pumpkin soup, creamy broccoli soup, you name it.

Especially since I just recently got my lower wisdom teeth removed I have an even deeper appreciation now for soup. If not for creamy soups I simply would have starved during my week on a strictly liquid diet.

While I always fantasized about committing to a 2 or 3 day juice cleanse I can now with full honesty say I would never be able to complete it. Even with my wisdom teeth removed and not being able to eat solid food I could not survive on juice or smoothies alone.

I would be flat out starving. To the point that I thought I might just faint if I didn’t have some sustenance.

Ok that might be a slight exaggeration.

But seriously, I do not know how people can go on the juice cleanses or water fasts. Definitely absolutely for sure not for me.

Creamy soup diet though, that I could handle.

And that’s exactly how I was able to make it through the liquid wisdom teeth diet.

With lots and lots of creamy dreamy soup.


And this one right here, this vegan red lentil apple soup recipe is the ultimate winner. I rarely mix and match fruit and veggies. I like to keep them separate.

Fruit by itself or with sweets and veggies/lentils with the rest of the savory ingredients in their own category.

When I saw this recipe though I knew I needed to make it asap. Red lentils and apples together in one recipe? Um yes, absolutely need to try this out immediately.

And just as I suspected it was simply the best soup evaa. You won’t even be able to tell there are apples in the soup. They just add a soft creamy mushiness to the mix and really compliment the vibrant red lentils very well.

With the various spices and coconut milk, this vegan red lentil apple soup is perfectly spiced and just the aromas themselves will have you drooling for me.

Seriously my new favorite soup recipe. Make a large batch as soon as possible. You won’t regret it.

Oh and the red lentils are so cute themselves. Smaller than the other lentils and cook faster too.

You can puree the soup in a blender or leave it chunky as is. I actually prefer it chunky – I love the mix of all the different ingredients coming together and love taking a small bite into the apples and lentils.

I’ll leave that one up to you though. Let me know which way you prefer?

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Vegan Red Lentil Apple Soup {Gluten-Free}

Simply the most incredible lentil soup ever. Made with red lentils and the addition of apple to take things to the next level. Gluten-Free and Vegan.

10 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red chili, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 apples, peeled and diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried coriander
  • 1 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 6-7 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium to high heat and add the chili, carrots, and onions. Cook for about a few minutes until softened.. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute or until aromatic.
  2. Add the apples, ginger, cumin, red pepper flaked, turmeric, salt and coriander.
  3. Add the lentils and vegetable broth. Mix and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered for 20-30 minutes or until the lentil become soft. Mix occasionally.
  4. Once the lentils are cooked add the coconut milk bring to a boil and remove from heat.
  5. Optional - use and immersion blender or blender to make the soup smooth and creamy.
Recipe Type: Soup


Recipe Adapted from Eat Good 4 Life


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    • Vicky says

      Thanks for stopping by! Thankfully the tooth pain is finally over! After 9 days of a full on liquid diet it felt amazing to finally be able to eat real food! And when I could crunch on some chips by day 14 I was ecstatic!

    • Vicky says

      Thanks! It’s incredible how much flavor the green apples really add! Highly recommend adding some to your next lentil soup

  1. says

    We are going to love this soup and can’t wait to try it! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a fantastic weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

    • Vicky says

      It’s definitely one of my new favorite soups! Never would have guessed that apple would be such a great addition to a lentil soup but it truly is!

  2. says

    Oh. My. Gosh. Can I just reach through the computer and give you the biggest hug ever? Because I think I am totally in love with you (I mean this soup, of course) I am so, so, so in love with soup and I am adoring this lentil/apple combination. I am definitely more of a chunky soup lover, so I will definitely be trying it that way!

    • Vicky says

      Haha thanks so much! The lentil apple combination is incredible! I never ever would have guessed apples could go well in a savory soup but to my surprise they do! I’m sure you’ll love this soup!!

  3. Ingrid says

    I made this last night and I agree it is absolutely delicious! I have made a very tasty red lentil soup before with plum tomatoes and dried apricots, but I like this recipe much more! I will be making this again for sure! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  4. says

    Oh gosh, this recipe looks amazing! Apples in a soup? It seems so warm and comforting. I’ll try it as soon as possibile. Thank you very much for sharing. 🙂

  5. Calla says

    This looks delicious! I’m just wondering – I’m allergic to coconut milk. Do you know of a substitute for the coconut milk, or would you just recommend skipping it for this recipe?

    • Vicky says

      Feel free to use a bit of heavy cream (if you are not vegan) or an alternative dairy free milk — perhaps a non sweetened almond milk would work as well. Hope that helps!

  6. Mariah says

    I believe I used the adjective, “life-changing,” to describe this soup. It is amazing!

    However, I have a question. It can be difficult to find a red chile in my neck of the woods, do you have any recommendations for a chile substitution??


    • Vicky says

      Hi Mariah! So glad you loved the soup!!! I’m flattered. Instead of a red chili you could use crushed red pepper flakes, or a few splashes of hot sauce, like Sriracha, Asian chili sauce, or even a standard Tobasco. Just a little bit of something to add some heat.

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