Creamy Saffron Cauliflower Soup with Sumac Oil

This vegan cauliflower soup is ultra creamy and smooth. Amp up its delicate flavor with a tangy drizzle of sumac oil.
By Vicky Cohen & Ruth Fox

Creamy Saffron Cauliflower Soup with Sumac Oil Recipe
Creamy Saffron Cauliflower Soup with Sumac Oil
Creamy Saffron Cauliflower Soup with Sumac Oil
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Recipe Type: Soup
Serves: 8 cups
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 lbs frozen or fresh cauliflower florets
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 5 cups of water or vegetable broth
  • 20 saffron threads
Sumac Oil
  • 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp sumac
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  1. Sautée onion and garlic in olive oil in large soup pot, over medium heat, until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add cauliflower florets, salt and pepper and continue cooking for 10-12 minutes
  3. Add 5 cups of water, bring to a boil and simmer until cauliflower is tender, 20-25 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat. Add saffron, stir and cover. Let the saffron steep for about 20 minutes.
  5. Blend soup in a blender until creamy.
  6. Serve hot or warm with a drizzle of sumac oil.
Sumac Oil
  1. Whisk all the ingredients together until well combined


Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox

We are two sisters born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, with Sephardic and Middle Eastern roots. We grew up eating the best, most flavorful, comforting home-cooked meals prepared by our mom, who taught us everything we know about cooking. When we moved here to the U.S. we felt it was really important to keep our traditions and background alive, and we've done so by sharing it with everyone we've met throughout the years. After all, what better way to make new friends and share our love and culture than through food, right? Our friends have come to enjoy our food and gatherings so much that are always asking us for our recipes. That inspired us to start a cooking blog called "May I have that recipe" where we share recipes we've created inspired by our multicultural background.

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