Detoxing Cabbage Soup {Gluten-Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free}

A bowl of asian-inspired detoxing cabbage soup filled with Wildly Organic Wild rice.


Takeout can be tempting, but it’s usually not a wholesome option. This detoxing cabbage soup is inspired by Asian flavors, but unlike General Tso’s chicken, it is actually full of nutritious ingredients!

Detoxing Cabbage Soup Recipe

Like our creamy cabbage soup recipe, this Asian detox soup features the humble cabbage as it’s base. When I was younger cabbage was relegated to coleslaw and the occasional pork and sauerkraut for supper. I’ve since discovered there are so many other ways to use this versatile (and cheap!) veggie! Did you know cabbage is high in fiber?

Even better, cabbage is a cruciferous veggie that can help lower inflammation and cancer risk. This study found a decreased risk for cancer in general, but especially for lung, stomach, colon, and rectal cancers. And like other cruciferous veggies, cabbage has something called glucosinolate, which helps the liver to detox.

Not only does my health like cabbage, but so does my budget. I try to include at least one cabbage-based meal in our weekly meal plan to keep the grocery bill lower. It takes on the flavor of whatever herbs and other ingredients you cook it with, so it’s a versatile ingredient.

Yes, cabbage is awesome, but it can have some unwanted side effects. Cabbage and other cruciferous veggies can cause gas in some people, myself included. I’ve found a delicious and nutritious way to help prevent this smelly situation though. Ginger.

Ginger root is anti-inflammatory, protects against pathogens, and aids digestion. Even better ginger tastes delicious with cabbage. As a popular Asian spice, ginger fits right into this detoxing cabbage soup!

Onion and garlic go into just about every soup I make. They’re not only packed with flavor, but they help the liver to produce glutathione, the body’s main detoxifier. Cabbage also helps the body make glutathione (Source).

Cayenne pepper increases circulation and is warming to bring the heat to the extremities. This pepper aids digestion, it can help normalize cholesterol, and it contributes to a healthy heart and circulation system. I’m not a big spicy fan, but I do like a hearty pinch of cayenne in my Asian detox soup. If you like it spicier, feel free to add more (Source).

Hands down one of my favorite ingredients from Wildly Organic is the Hand Parched Wild Rice. My family is gluten-free and we usually skip grains in general. So why do I like wild rice? This unique, non-GMO and non-hybridized wild product is actually an aquatic grass. So for those of us who have issues with grains, or are just trying to give the body a break, this wild rice is perfect.

Need more warming soup recipes? Try one of these recipes!

Will you try this Detoxing Cabbage Soup for dinner this week?

Asian Flavors Detox Soup
Takeout can be tempting, but it’s usually not a wholesome option. This detoxing cabbage soup is inspired by Asian flavors, but unlike General Tso’s chicken, it is actually full of nutritious ingredients! This Asian-inspired detoxing cabbage soup is a delicious way to jump-start your detox!
    Servings4 servings
    Prep Time10 minutes
    Cook Time30 minutes
    • 2 tsp Wildly Organic Unrefined Coconut Oilor Wildly Organic Mary's Sauté Oil
    • 1 bell pepperdiced
    • 1 oniondiced
    • 1/2 cabbagesliced
    • 2cups carrotssliced
    • 3quarts vegetable broth
    • 1teaspoon garlic powder
    • 2tablespoons coconut aminosor other soy sauce alternative
    • 2tsp Wildly Organic Himalayan Pink Saltor to taste
    • 1/4tsp cayenne pepperor to taste
    • 1tsp fresh grated ginger
    • 1cup Wildly Organic Wild Rice
    • 1tablespoon Wildly Organic Sesame Oilfor topping
    1. Preheat a large stock pot over medium heat. Sauté the onion and bell pepper in coconut oil until soft, about 5 minutes.
    2. Add the rest of the ingredients except the wild rice and sesame oil. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
    3. Add the rice and simmer with the lid on until rice is tender, about 20 minutes.
    4. Adjust seasonings as desired and finish the top with a drizzle of sesame oil.

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    Jamie is an herbalist, a lover of essential oils, and takes way too many herbal courses. She blogs about natural health and wellness at The Herbal Spoon and makes all-natural body care products for her Etsy shop, This and That Herbal. You'll usually find her barefoot, reading medical journals, and sipping herbal tea.