Lemon-Garlic Vegetable Soup


This light and lovely soup features fresh vegetables, herbs and a splash of lemon juice to brighten the flavor. Serve with a dollop of homemade pesto. 

Lemon Garlic Summer Vegetable Soup
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 cups halved green beans

  • 1 medium zucchini, diced

  • 2 corn, kernels cut from the cob

  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

  • 3 cups chopped stemmed kale

  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice, plus more to taste

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh herbs, such as basil, cilantro, tarragon or parsley 


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring, until starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add green beans, zucchini and corn; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add broth, kale, tomatoes, salt and pepper; increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer; cook until the vegetables are soft, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and herbs.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

174 Calories
8g Fat
24g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 174
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 2806IU 56%
Vitamin C 39mg 43%
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 71mcg 18%
Vitamin K 122mcg 102%
Sodium 451mg 20%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 49mg 12%
Potassium 513mg 11%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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