Kale and Apple Soup

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Posted on February 4, 2015

Disclosure: I am grateful to have opportunities to work with people and companies that I admire. Especially when those people just happen to be my neighbors! Thank you for supporting small businesses. All opinions expressed are my own.

Today we’re going to discuss ALL the green things. I’m talking about kale, granny smith apples, parsley and succulents.

Yes, I said succulents. But don’t worry. We aren’t eating them. We’re just looking at them.

You see, last week I had the pleasure of working with Lynn Steeves, the talented designer and green thumb behind Flora. And I’m absolutely thrilled to introduce her and her visually stunning “living works of art” to you all today. P.S. Don’t miss the coupon code below!

Lynn creates her distinctive pieces from a variety of carefully chosen succulents and backgrounds, often using reclaimed materials whenever possible (think driftwood and antique frames). Her living, breathing artwork makes a beautiful addition to any home, work space or outdoor area. And talk about a unique gift idea or party favor! I’m especially crushing on her chalk board pieces, which have brought so much life and personality into my little kitchen.

I always love learning about how small business owners have turned their passions into a career. And Lynn’s story is one that is familiar, but nothing short of amazing. She started making vertical succulent gardens for herself, and soon friends and family caught wind of her creations and began asking Lynn to make special pieces for them. Realizing the demand for her designs, Lynn worked to get Flora off the ground and turned it into the thriving business that it is today. If you live locally, you can find Flora at selective small shops, farmers markets and special events. And if you don’t, no worries! You can visit “Flora’s Etsy shop and get living works of art delivered straight to your door!

Since I think we can all use a little “spring” right now, I’ve teamed up with Lynn to offer Floating Kitchen readers a special discount on purchases made from the Flora Etsy shop! Just enter the coupon code FLOATINGKITCHEN at checkout to receive 15% off your order. The coupon code is good for all orders placed (US delivery only) during the next two weeks (02/04/15 – 02/18/15). Seriously, you don’t want to miss out on this!

Oh and make sure to follow along with Flora on Facebook and Instagram for your daily dose of green inspiration!

In the spirit of succulents, I wanted to make something equally vibrant and green to share with you today. So I figured it was the perfect time to test drive a Kale and Apple Soup recipe that I had been eyeballing for a few weeks now.

Now, don’t go and write this soup off as some weird dieter recipe. Sure, it’s packed full of greens and it can certainly be labeled “healthy”. But it also has bacon and mascarpone cheese in it, which gives it a rich, luscious taste. It’s definitely not all watery and one-dimensional. Those are not good characteristics, in food or otherwise. It’s great served with a grilled cheese, or you can bulk it up with some additional toppings (roasted chickpeas or croutons are both fabulous!).

Don’t forget to place your Flora orders and think spring!



Recipe adapted from The Kitchn

Kale and Apple Soup

Serves about 4

Kale and Apple Soup


  • For the Soup
  • 1/4 cup cubed bacon
  • 1 large bunch kale (about 10 ounces), thick stems removed
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock, divided
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 granny smith apple, cored and chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup

  • For Garnish
  • Mascarpone cheese
  • Fresh parsley
  • Black pepper


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook the bacon until it’s just starting to brown, about 1-2 minutes. Add the kale, parsley and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, string to coat the kale in the fat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the kale is wilted, about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups of the stock and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the pot from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Carefully transfer the kale mixture to your blender and blend until smooth, working in batches if necessary and taking care when working with hot liquids in a blender. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Place the pot back over medium heat and warm the remaining olive oil. Add the chopped onion and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the chopped apple and the salt, sautéing for an additional 3 minutes. Stir in the remaining broth and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the pot from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Carefully transfer the apple mixture to your blender and blend until smooth, working in batches if necessary and taking care when working with hot liquids in a blender. Add the pureed apple mixture to the pureed kale mixture, stirring to combine. Stir in the maple syrup.
  5. Re-heat the soup if necessary. Serve hot with a dollop of mascarpone cheese, chopped parsley and a few grinds of black pepper.


1. You could use Greek yogurt or crème fraîche for garnish instead of mascarpone cheese.



  • I totally want to make this soup & order fresh flowers stat!! Pinned 🙂


    • Thanks, Marla! Her stuff is so gorgeous. I can’t take my eyes off of it!

  • I love succulents; although, I tend to murder them. This kale and apple soup is absolutely gorgeous.


    • It happens to the best of us. Ha ha. 🙂

  • I just love the sound of this soup!


    • Thanks, Jennifer! You’ll love it!

  • Ohhhhh yooooooou….this soup makes my heart flutter! I’m all about a nutritious smooth soup to enjoy on a cold winter’s day. Put that green on repeat, puh-lease and thank you! Heading to check out Flora’s shop now!


    • I want ALL the green things. Can’t stop, won’t stop!

  • This soup sounds amazing, Liz! I love the combination of kale and apples, so creative! And I love the pretty green color, too!


    • Thank you, Gayle! It’s as pretty to look at as it is to eat!

  • This soup sounds divine, Liz! I’ve never put apples in soup so this is a must try! Pinning


    • Oh I love apples in soup! Especially good in a squash soup too!

  • I have been looking to get some succulents to decorate my dreary apartment! Thanks for letting me know about the Flora Etsy shop! Kale and apple soup sounds wonderful together in soup form! Must try it soon!


    • Yeah! Great timing then! It’s a great time to buy with the 15% off discount!

  • Apple soup?? What a great idea!! I love all the flavors going on here!! 🙂


    • Thank you, Renee!

  • These photos make me so happy! I love that bright green soup with those pretty succulents 🙂 I don’t think I can keep even succulents alive (I have a terrible black thumb) but I’m willing to try. This soup sounds so soul satisfying!


    • I bet you could do it Amy! XO

  • I’m the biggest kale lover, and it’s so delicious with bacon! This soup looks thick, creamy and delicious, and I’m glad there are no succulents in it! haha


    • Ha ha! Yes, no succulents were harmed in the making of this soup! 🙂

  • Love this soup and those succulents are so beautiful! (Seriously craving some green 🙂


    • Yes, I think we can all definitely use a little green right now!

  • Liz, I love succulents!!! i’ll have to check out Lynn’s stuff. . looks so cool and love the chalk board pieces too! and hey love the soup. . esp the apples!


    • Yes, please check out Lynn’s page! Glad you like the soup!

  • I saw bacon as the first ingredient and I forgot about the kale. Sneaky lady!!


    • Ha ha. That’s how I draw people in…with the bacon!

  • Oh man, I like everything about this soup. Such a pretty green, too! Looking forward to checking out Flora – love succulents!


    • Thanks, Tessa! You’ll love Lynn’s work!

  • This looks amazing! I also love succulents, they’re green, but low-maintenance 🙂


    • Absolutely! The perfect combination! Thanks, Medha!

  • The soup, the succulents… makes one forget about the drab winter weather! My poor succulents are barely getting by right now. I brought them in for the winter, but they’re not lookin too good, sadly. I’ll need to pick some fresh ones for spring and nurse the others back to health! So Lynn swooped in just in time! I just popped in over at Flora and her work is quite remarkable! Thank you, Liz, for sharing your lovely neighbor with us, and this vibrant recipe!


    • So glad you love the recipe and Lynn’s work! She is really talented! And I hope you can find some more succulents to replace the ones that aren’t doing so hot! 🙂

  • this looks delicious, and so healthy!


    • Thanks, Laura!

  • The soup sounds delicious…and such a pretty color. The succulents look sooo much better than my feeble attempts at succulent scaping. It just might be time for me to buy them.


    • This is the perfect time to buy and get a great discount! 🙂

  • I love this flavour! The more green in my soup, the better!


    • Thanks, Katrina! I’m going to think GREEN and hope spring is coming!

  • These photos are GORGEOUS!! I love love love succulents, they really are so pretty! Your soup sounds delish, too!


    • Thank you so much, Jess. I hope you get a chance to check out Lynn’s designs!

  • This post made me smile 🙂 Great recipe and beautiful photos!


    • Thank you so much, Erin! Glad I could make you smile!

  • Such a beautiful green color! Can’t wait for spring – and to try this soup!


    • Thanks, Emily. I’m dying for spring to arrive!

  • Ha, I would have never guessed there was bacon in here just by looking at all the green 🙂


    • It’s sneaky!! Thanks for stopping by!

  • This kale and apple soup is potentially delicious, but from the start I was puzzled by the four cups of stock. Never mind! I made it with exactly the quantities given in the recipe, and the result was not a soup but a very thick puree. In the end i kept adding more stock till I arrived at the consistency of a fairly thick soup; I did not measure exactly how much stock I had to add, but it was probably around 2 – 3 additional cups. Any comments?


    • Thanks for trying the recipe, Michael. It certainly is a bit on the thicker side. Glad you were able to add more liquid to achieve the consistency that you prefer.

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