Fall gluten-free soup vegan vegetarian

Hearty Lentil & Swiss Chard Soup

September 21, 2014

A comforting bowl of Hearty Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup can warm up your body and soul through the fall and winter months. The perfect healthy soup recipe!

A comforting bowl of Hearty Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup can warm up your body and soul through the fall and winter months. The perfect healthy soup recipe!Fall is officially here!

You know when you’re overheard talking about something and you realize that out of context you probably sound completely crazy? This happens to me all the time! Or maybe I’m just actually crazy…uhhhhh.

Anyway, the other day I was walking with my friend Tals when we were overheard/checked-out by a group of guys. They were unfortunately exposed to my little rant about the seasons changing and overheard me say something along the lines of “Fall makes me sooooo introspective”.

Now, if you’ve heard my voice you know that anytime I try to say something even the tiniest bit profound it just sounds dumb because like most females out there I am a victim of the “Vocal Fry“.

Despite how I may have sounded, there was a lot of truth in my statement. For whatever reason, the leaves changing and the cooler temps cause me to get really into my head. I find myself walking quite a bit in the Fall and perhaps the sudden drop in temps and the colourful leaves make me realize how quickly time can pass.

Hearty Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup - a veggie and protein-packed soup that's perfect for Fall! // thehealthymaven.com #healthy #recipeI spend quite a bit of time reliving the past but also dreaming up the future. When I think back on how much has changed in the past 5 years, it makes me excited/nervous about what the next 5 years will entail.

Despite how many has changed, one thing has remained a constant through each Fall, soup. I know this sounds like a terrible segue, but it really is true. Some version of soup was always in my house growing up. My Mom is the master of soups and has made just about every variety under the sun.

Hearty Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup - a veggie and protein-packed soup that's perfect for Fall! // thehealthymaven.com #healthy #recipeWhile Fall depresses me a little, knowing that I get to eat soup (with some buttery bread on the side) for the next couple months, and then some (thank you Winter!) makes things a little bit better.

It’s all about loading it up with protein and veggies and pouring yourself a huge bowl of it. I’m telling you, a big bowl of this Hearty Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup will absolutely cure your post-summer depression. It’s worked for me so far…


Hearty Lentil & Swiss Chard Soup

  • Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 large celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 cups red split lentils (uncooked)
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 large sweet potato (about 4 cups), chopped
  • 1/2 head of Swiss chard, chopped into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar


  1. Heat up a large pot over medium heat and add olive oil.
  2. Add in carrots, celery and onion and cook for 5 mins.
  3. Add in lentils, vegetable broth and spices and bring to a boil.
  4. Lower heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 20 mins.
  5. Add in sweet potato, cover and cook for another 20 mins.
  6. Add swiss chard and red wine vinegar and cook for 5 more mins.
  7. Serve warm. Will keep for up to 1 week in refrigerator. Freezes well.


  • Serving Size: 8

A comforting bowl of Hearty Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup can warm up your body and soul through the fall and winter months. The perfect healthy soup recipe!Do you find yourself getting in your head a lot more in the Fall? Are you a soup person?


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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    September 21, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Can’t say Fall has an effect on my mind but … I think my mum (and her hijab) might be able to give your mama a run for her money in the soup department- ironically, my mum pumps lentils in her soups too. I however refuse to eat it. Yours looks 10 x better. Boom.

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    September 21, 2014 at 6:21 am

    I am absolutely not a soup person. I do like a great tomato soup (Nordstrom Café absolutely makes the best there is) but I would rather a steal a spoonful from someone else’s bowl than have soup for myself as a meal or with a meal. Very rare do I order it or make it at home.

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    September 21, 2014 at 9:26 am

    What’s this crazy post-summer depression you speak of? I couldn’t be happier that fall is finally here 😀 I feel like I’m pretty much always in my head, but fall definitely makes me feel a lot more clam and relaxed, if that counts!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    September 21, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Dang it, I want this so badly with warm, crusty bread on the side. Kitchen, I miss thee.
    I’ve never really observed how my mind is in the fall, but I know that I do get more introspective in the winter. It’s the holidays that keep me going though! Oh, but apparently the street on which BU lies becomes a wind tunnel in the winter, so my soul might freeze over.

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    Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    September 21, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I’m with Amanda – so happy for Fall! No post-summer depression here for me after the hot Texas summer. Although it’s still going to reach 96 degrees today …

    I’m definitely a soup person. Great way to get in veggies and protein, like you say. This looks great!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 21, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Holy cow!!! It’s definitely not 96 here! Well I’m in Minnesota which is actually north of Toronto but I’m gonna assume it’s colder than 60 in Toronto!

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    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
    September 21, 2014 at 10:38 am

    1. Post summer depression is real. I woke up to insane amounts of rain this morning and nearly cried.
    2. I’m the queen of introspection in Fall. Even my music changes to match my mood. No more pop/Top 40- it’s all about the indie music with meaningful lyrics in fall. I kid you not.
    3. I want this soup on my belly

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 21, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      SAME HERE. Emo music the second the weather drops!

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    September 21, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Since I just so happened to get Swiss Chard in my recent CSA share, and I have a mountain of lentils in the pantry, I forgive you for that last post. We can officially be friends again. Besides, I might have been a little hasty with my dismissal.

    Off to make soup. Happy Sunday.

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    September 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I’m so excited for soup season – I feel like I only made soup a handful of times last winter and therefore wasted some good soup opportunities. And I think that to me, fall always feels like a new beginning. So I tend to look inward and try to figure out where I’m going and what I want to do. So ya, it definitely makes me introspective.

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    September 21, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I’ve always felt fall was more of a new year than actual New Years. So I get the introspectiveness. I find fall is all about quieting down, relaxing and spending more time indulging your inner self. Which is just fine with me 🙂

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    September 21, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I like fall but I hate knowing that winter is coming (again!!!).
    I do love soup – all kinds! This one looks really good and different from anything I’ve ever made.

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    September 22, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Hell yea I’m a soup person! I used to keep it simple and eat just a few different kinds of soup, but last year I got really creative with my soup recipes, and I have a feeling I’ll be the same way this year. It’s just so comforting and hearty, and I know that you’re gluten free, but I just love a slice of crusty fresh bread on the side. Yum!

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    September 22, 2014 at 6:26 am

    I find I’m in my own head a lot of the time. Once upon a time, before I left science and got lost on my winding life path, I was very much the absent-minded professor type. I think it’s something about having a very analytical brain, any random thought or comment can set off a spiral of self reflection (or world reflection). Now if only all that thinking led to some kind of profound idea…

    P.S. I love your new biography pic.

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    September 22, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I’m always in my own head no matter what the season. That’s why I can happily spend so much time alone – I can entertain myself by just thinking for hours lol.

    I love breaking out soups and stews in the fall too. There’s nothing better than a good hearty lentil soup!

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    hayley @healthyregards
    September 22, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Yum I can’t wait for soup weather! This one is on my radar when that time comes (:

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    September 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

    First of al, love your new pic. So sexay. Secondly, fall is SO soupy and I’m def making this to celebrate. Thirdly, love that wooden block thingy. Miss yewwww!

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    Mary Frances
    September 22, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Your new profile pic – love love love. Majorly crushing on your hat … and your soup … ok, you and your blog in general.
    I am so ready for fall mainly because soups are my favorite. Trying to find good, thick, satisfying soups without loads of cheese is hard. Thanks for this! Cannot wait to try – pinned!

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    September 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Fall definitely makes me think about how time is flying by! I always think that the year is almost over and where did the time go. This year I’m really excited for fall though because it brings my son! 🙂

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    September 22, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I’m kind of a soup person?? But I’m all about this soup. Like wishing I was responsible and read this before I went to the store for the week… but there’s always next week, right?? Or can you just come over and make it for me?? K thanks. Miss you xoxo

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    Jordan @ The Balanced Blonde
    September 22, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    This soup looks SO YUMMY. And I am totally laughing out loud about the “Vocal Fry” voice.. we would be good company because I have the most valley girl voice ever.. despite my tendency to talk about really profound things. 😉 Needless to say I get made fun of a lot. PS, still obsessing over your TBV Apparel photos with Lee !!!!

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    Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
    September 22, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I love soup all year round! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Gwen @ Delightful Adventures
    March 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Will this soup also cure “the-winter-that-never-ends” depression? 😉 This soup looks amazing (and your pics are amazing too!) Added to my list of soups to make. Thanks!

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    October 4, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I pinned this a couple of weeks ago and finally made it today, and it is unbelievably delicious! I added a 1/2 tsp of ginger for my taste and it is so fantastic on this chilly fall day
    Thanks for posting!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 5, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Awesome! So happy to hear that. One of my favorite soup recipes!

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    Liora (Allthingsloveli)
    December 1, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    I agree, fall makes me more introspective as well. At the beginning of the season I decided it would finally be the year I learn to make soup. This was the second one I made (with a few variations)… so delicious! I wasn’t always a soup person but I have found I prefer soups that have more chew and less broth haha. Thanks for the amazing recipe!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      December 4, 2015 at 11:00 am

      Same here! Almost like a stew 🙂 Speaking of soup, gotta check out your butternut lentil soup. Sounds delish!

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    September 29, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    I made this for the second time today…It’s so hearty and delicious. So good on a raw, fall day. It really hit the spot. Thanks!

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    November 6, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I could never say no to soup! Butternut squash soup and vegetable bean soups are my favorites! Anyways, this lentil and swiss chard soup looks awesome! Would love to try it out!

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