Kale and Wild Rice Soup

This vegetable soup is enhanced with the nutty and earthy flavor of wild rice. The wild rice is cooked directly in the soup for great flavor and minimal cleanup.

Serving size

1½ cups




1 tablespoon olive oil

½ cup celery, sliced

1 cup onion, diced small

1½ teaspoons garlic powder

½ teaspoon dried thyme

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

½ cup wild rice, dry

6 cups water

2 cups kale, stemmed and leaves chopped

¼ cup parsley, chopped

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Nutrition Info

Makes:Serving size: 1½ cups




4 g

Saturated Fat

<1 g

Trans Fat

0 g


0 mg


22 g


3 g


3 g


4 g


328 mg


53 mg


119 mg


273 mg


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add celery and onions and stir to coat in oil. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes until light browning occurs. Stir occasionally.
  2. Season with garlic powder, dried thyme, salt and pepper. Stir and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add wild rice, stir, and toast for 2 minutes.
  4. Add water. Stir to release any food bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Cover and increase heat to bring to boil.
  5. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer over moderately low heat for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add kale and cook until rice is tender, another 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Stir in parsley and lemon juice. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.


Recipe contributed by Angela J. Foo, MS, RDN, CDN

To prep the kale, hold the end of the stem with no leaves in one hand and slide your other hand down the stem pulling the leaves off as you go. This is called “de-ribbing”. The stems are also edible and can be chopped and sautéed along with the onions and celery in this recipe.

Remember to include this meal in your fluid total for the day if you have been told to monitor fluid intake.