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Creamy Sorrel Soup Vegan Gluten Free Recipe

Creamy Sorrel Soup is rich, tangy, and so delicious. It’s fast and easy to make and uses lovely summer produce. I found this tasty, fresh sorrel from my local farmers’ market. It was just $2 a bunch. I made the whole pot of soup for about $3 total.

Sorrel Soup Plant Based Vegan Recipe
A perfect blend of tangy sorrel, starchy rice, delicious mushrooms, and creamy vegan sour cream.

What is Sorrel and Where Can I Find It?

Sorrel is a perennial, leafy green vegetable. It has a tangy and sour flavor that is a bit lemony but also fresh and grassy. It can be used either as an herb or a green and belongs to the knotweed family, as does rhubarb and buckwheat. Sorrel is most readily found in farmers’ markets in spring and summer. It’s less likely to be found at regular groceries but will sometimes be in the produce department.

Sorrel Soup Plant Based Vegan Recipe
Sorrel leaves are tart and lemony!

How to Grow Sorrel in Your Garden

Growing sorrel in your garden is easy. It’s a hardy perennial and will come back in the early spring in USDA zones 3-6. They can be grown from seeds or cuttings. To start from seed, simply plant the seed about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep in the garden in early spring. Plant the seeds about 4 inches apart and then thin to about 12 inches apart. Alternatively, in late winter, start seeds inside in pots and transplant them to the garden in spring. Sorrel leaves do become tougher as they get older and can be replaced with new seeds or seedlings after a few years.

Sorrel is easy to grow in the garden from seed or from cuttings.

Polish Sorrel Soup or Zupa Szczawiowa (ZOO-pah shchtah-vee-YOH-vah)

There are lots of variations of sorrel soup. This one is pretty close to the Polish Sorrel Soup version. I’ve added some plant-based sour cream to make it creamy and that’s what makes it like the Polish version!

How to Make Sorrel Soup

Sorrel soup is so easy to make. Just prepare the vegetables and cook for about 20 minutes. It’s just a few simple ingredients!

Prepare the ingredients. Chop the vegetables. That’s about it. This is a super simple soup.

Cook on the stove or use an Instant Pot or slow cooker.

Sorrel Soup Plant Based Vegan Recipe
  • Stovetop: Saute the onions and carrot until onion has slightly browned. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the sorrel. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Add the sorrel in the last 5 minutes. Add a dollop of plant-based sour cream at the very end.
  • Instant Pot: Pressure cook all ingredients, except for the sorrel and plant-based sour cream, at 2 minutes. This will take longer than 2 minutes. It takes time for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure. Release the pressure naturally and then add the sorrel leaves to the hot soup. They will wilt in just a few minutes. Right before serving, add a dollop of plant-base sour cream and stir in.
  • Slow Cooker: Add all ingredients except the sorrel and plant-based sour cream to a slow cooker. Heat on high for 2 hours or low for about 6 hours. Then add in the sorrel and let wilt for several minutes. Stir in a dollop of plant-based sour cream right before serving.
Sorrel Soup Plant Based Vegan Recipe
Delicious and healthy ingredients plus a bit of plant-based sour cream to make it luscious!

Ingredients in Sorrel Soup

  • Sorrel: Sorrel is a green that adds a lemony tang and lovely color to soups.
  • Mushrooms: Mushrooms add so much earthy umami flavor to this recipe. Use fresh or canned mushrooms.
  • Potatoes: Any potato can be used in this recipe. Diced small, they add texture and flavor.
  • Rice: Just a bit of brown rice adds a slightly nutty flavor and a tasty texture.
  • Carrots: Carrots add beautiful color and a delicate flavor.
  • Onions and Shallots: Onions and shallots add a huge amount of flavor to this soup. Onions or shallots can be used or a combination of the two.
  • Vegan Sour Cream: A few dollops of a plant-based sour cream make this so creamy. This is the ingredient that adds a creamy tang to the Polish sorrel soup called zupa szczawiowa (ZOO-pah shchtah-vee-YOH-vah).


Sorrel can be difficult to find in the winter months. This soup recipe is also delicious with other greens. If sorrel is unavailable, simply substitute with kale, spinach, chard, or another favorite leafy green.

Sorrel Soup Plant Based Vegan Recipe
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What Goes With Sorrel Soup?

Sorrel soup is versatile and goes with all sorts of things. I like it with a simple sandwich, like this BBQ Sweet Potato Sandswich or Edamame Salad Sandwich.

Sorrel Soup Plant Based Vegan Recipe
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Creamy Sorrel Soup

Creamy Sorrel Soup is rich, tangy, and so delicious. It's fast and easy and uses lovely summer produce. Sour cream makes it creamy! Yum! Vegan and gluten-free!

Course Soup
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword sorrel, sorrel soup, vegan soup, zupa
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 3



  • 2 tablespoons oil more or less for sauteing
  • 1/2 cup sliced onions
  • 1/3 cup sliced shallots use regular onions if you don't have shallots
  • 1/2 cup carrot peeled and thinly sliced or chopped
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms fresh or canned
  • 1 cup diced white potatoes

Broth Ingredients

Then Add

  • 1/2 cup dried brown rice

Last Minute

  • 4 cups sorrel washed, loosely packed, no need to chop
  • 1/2 cup plant-based sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper or to taste


  1. In a medium to large heavy-bottomed soup pot, saute the onions, shallots, carrots, mushrooms, and potatoes over medium heat until slightly browned.

  2. Pour in 6 cups of water and add the seasonings and bouillon for the broth. Let simmer for 20 minutes and add the brown rice after 10 minutes.

  3. During the last few minutes of cooking, add the sorrel to the pot and stir. finally, stir in the plant-based sour cream. Enjoy!


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