Summer Cabbage Soup

The only way we know the difference between seasons is by counting tourists on Ocean Drive. The common dialogue:

“Snowbirds have arrived”

“Hey, it must be snowing up there!”

Together, in one voice: “Aren’t we lucky we live in Florida!”

And if it sounds a little unkind, to say the least, just hop into your car, leave your sweaters, coats, and boots behind, and start driving south. Florida is big, beautiful people, there is enough land for everybody! Some of it might be real close not only to flora, but also to our exciting fauna.

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These two five-foot long guys came over to greet me as I was having an outdoors lunch in college before teaching a class. They begged for some poached salmon with spinach, but – sorry guys! – can’t feed you cooked human food. Contrary to all urban legends, no matter how big iguanas grow, they are stanch vegans.

Jokes aside, in my “seasonal” memories, it is still listed as Summer Soup. It could be served hot or cold, with a healthy dollop of sour cream  – Tofutti for me! – and some fragrant fresh dill. While you are getting your ingredients ready, let the incomparable First Lady of Jazz and The Ambassador of Jazz bring Summertime into your kitchen.

To make this soup truly summery, you’ll need all fresh ingredients. I hope you’ve raided your local farm store or market and got these:

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Young cabbage with the outer leaves still bright green. For two quarts of soup, you’ll need about a third of a head, shredded. To preserve the rest, peel off the outer leaves and wrap the remaining two thirds in them before wrapping it tightly in plastic. It only works with young cabbage, though.

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Some of the vegetables will have to be prepared in advance. Carrots need to be grated, tomatoes diced, and I hope you have been saving beet juice whenever you have done something with beets. If not, fresh beets could be grated together with carrots. Fresh or fresh frozen corn and sweet peas – no cans for this soup, please. A couple of garlic cloves and dill, glorious dill! As I have mentioned in an earlier post (Colorful Lentil Soup), you can do it the long way or take a shortcut. The long way involves sauteing carrots with garlic and adding them to the rest of ingredients while the soup is cooking. I prefer to take a short cut – pareve consomme powder.

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Just throw everything into a pot in no particular order, but hold on to dill. Fill the pot with water, bring it to boil and reduce heat. Now you can add soup powder and season with cinnamon, salt and pepper. Dill, chopped roughly, comes last. Gently mix, cover, and leave on medium heat.

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Cook a few more minutes until cabbage and carrots are soft enough to your liking. We prefer veggies al dente, so I only cook it for a couple of minutes, and it’s done. Looks like summer and smells like a vegetable garden – yum! Where is my Tofutti?


  • 1/3 head of cabbage or 4 packed cups, shredded
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels
  • 1 cup fresh sweet peas
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato including juice
  • 1/3 cup beet juice or 1/2 small beet, grated
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves
  • Large handful of fresh dill, stems included, roughly chopped
  • Alternative: Consomme powder
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Place all vegetables, including beet juice,  into a two-quart pot, fill with water.
  • Bring to boil, reduce heat.
  • Add consomme powder, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
  • Add dill.
  • Cook on medium heat for 5 – 10 minutes until the cabbage and carrots soften.
  • May be served hot or cold, garnished with sour cream and dill.









35 Comments Add yours

  1. [ Smiles ] Hey, that delicious vegan soup has more that cabbage in it; maybe you should rename it, “The Best Vegetable Soup In The Word”.

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    1. Thank you so much, you are very kind! Thank you for visiting my blog. Last but not least, thank you for posting the “eating late” clip on your blog – immensely helpful!

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      1. [ Smiles ] Thank you so kindly!

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  2. Looks so fresh and healthy. 🙂

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  3. Coming from you, it means a lot – thank you!


  4. Eartha says:

    I must have read the beginning of this post five time to fully comprehend those two huge lizards – hilarious! Could not stop staring at them! Then I noticed the beautiful Florida water and kept on reading. 😀 The soup is very colourful and looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I do tend to go tangential,sorry, but that’s what blogs are for, aren’t they? Thank you for your comment, you are so sweet!

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      1. Eartha says:

        You are absolutely right. I loved it!

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      2. Just posted the pancakes recipe!

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  5. Cinnamon in cabbage soup?! That’s new to me – must try!

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    1. Thank you – I hope you like it.

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  6. Many thanks, this site is really handy


  7. Julie Zimmer says:

    I’m a soup freak…I could just live off soup – all kinds of soup, but that would make me look weird! At university I was called “the soup lady”!

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    1. My husband as well – wouldn’t sit down to dinner without soup!

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  8. I’m not sure how I ended up here, since I started out following the Shavuos Menu links, but this soup sounds divine!

    I’m with “soup freak” Julie – but only if somebody else is cooking do I mix it up beyond my old faithfuls (as meals themselves, rarely as sides or courses, however). Your borscht and this veg. soup (I’m with Renard on that one) will probably become old faithfuls once I’ve made them.

    Thanks Dolly!


    1. Thank you, dear Madelyn, you are so sweet!

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  9. joliesattic says:

    Love it and love those two too. I was fortunate enough to see them both live. With Louis, I had front row seats which I didn’t know at the time, could be dangerous, because when he played his trumpet, he had that spittle thing going. With Ella, I was so far away, but it was still worth it and I wouldn’t have missed it for anything. They were both amazing.
    I was just thinking something cabbage, so I bought one yesterday still not decided what to do with it, but you settled that. Thank you!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, darling! Do you see me turning green with envy? I’ve never seen them live, but I do adore both of them! Enjoy your soup and please let me know how it comes out. 😻

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      1. joliesattic says:

        Will do. It was an accident we saw Louie, because we were at Disneyland and he was doing a show there as big names used to do, and we had several hours to wait, so we staked out our seats in the front row so the girls could see easily and then took turns taking them on the rides until it was time and it was soooo worth it. He was charming. I so loved his smile and he was a crowd favorite, for sure.

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      2. Lucky, lucky you!

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  10. Carol says:

    I with the other soup ladies anytime of the year…Not put beets /juice in my cabbage soup but will try it gives it a lovely colour… Loved the iguanas I have many lizards here they share my house…lol 🙂 xxx

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    1. Iguanas and ducks consider themselves supervisors of campus grounds.
      Thank you for your lovely comment, Carol! Beet juice gives it not only colour, but also a bit of sweetness which balances the acidity of tomatoes. Let me know if you try it, please!

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      1. Carol says:

        I certainly will I am cooking your honey,soy tofu tomorrow ..The jury’s out men 🙂

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      2. Oh-oh! Awaiting verdict with trepidation…

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  11. randyjw says:

    Cabbage soup is one of those no-fail types of recipes. Yours looks super-delicious, by the way.

    And the iquanas? I know of people who feed them everything from pizza, to pb&j, and more. I bet they would gobble up all that delicious Dolly food…

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    1. I am generally hesitant to feed human food to animals. I don’t know about these huge wild guys, but one of my nephews left his pet iguana to a friend to “lizard-sit” and came back to find a deceased iguana, fed by the friend all kinds of human food, with the best intentions. Both were in high school.
      Thank you for a lovely comment, dear Rachel!

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    2. Carol says:

      So am will be an update 🙂 x

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      1. Shaking in boots (as if I had any…)


      2. randyjw says:

        Oh, dear. That’s sad about the poor iguana. Can’t wait to hear about the update, and more on the Mango Festival.

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      3. All updates coming up, Rachel! Meanwhile, we are starting lasting Joy Club get-together in about 15 minutes. Stay tuned!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend!

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