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Cauliflower celeriac soup with salmon fillet


I have to confess that we’re struggling a bit with our whole30 this time. We’re half way through, to be exact on day 20 when you will be reading this and the inspiration to cooking something new and fun seems to be lacking a bit. And when it’s the weekend on top of that, something has to be done about that! Not cauliflower couscous again or tuna salad. No matter how good it is. Something new… And luckily there was Donna Hay. Silly enough I just realized that I actually took a digital subscription to the magazine last year somewhere and than totally forgot about it. Which meant that I had a total of 7 magazines left to download! Seven magazines full of delicious inspiration!…


But as you might have guessed; Donna does not do whole30…! So that means that most recipes need some serious adapting to fit into a whole30 or paleo approved diet. This recipe included potatoes and cream so some serious adaptions where needed. But I can tell you mission acccomplished! I also decided that soon I will be doing a challenge where I will be cooking every single recipe from one particular magazine. Front to back. I am guessing it’s gonna be a Donna magazine but I need to check with Donna if it is ok to post so many recipes from one magazine. So more on that later!

I just think it sounds like a fun challenge!


For now this is a good hearty soup and to stay in the Donna mood, I made the photo a bit Donna-like; light and not a lot of fuss!


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Cauliflower celeriac soup with salmon fillet
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Course: Soup/ paleo
Servings: 4
Author: Adapted from Donna Hay
  • 750 ml chickenstock
  • 2 leeks
  • 350 gr celeriac
  • 500 gr cauliflower
  • 310 ml coconut milk
  • peper
  • salt
  • dill
  • 200 gr fresh salmon fillet
  1. Cut the leeks into small rings and heat a large pan where you melt the coconut oil. Add the leeks and cook for a few minutes until they become soft.
  2. Add the celeriac and the stock, coconut milk, salt and pepper and simmer for about five minutes before you add the cauliflower and cook for a further ten..
  3. Puree with a stickblender and set aside while you bake the salmon fillet (salt and pepper on the fish) in a frying pan.
  4. Serve the soup with flakes of the salmon and some fresh dill on top.


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  1. I love cauliflower soup and with salmon it’s the best! I used that spoon recently in a shoot too LOL! Oh good times & memories! I am happy for you that you are sticking to this! And from the looks of it you are seriously creating some great recipes, making it sound easy!

  2. Gorgeous, Simone! I love the light here – and I recognize that spoon πŸ˜‰

  3. A refined tasting soup! That combination is wonderful. Celeriac is so fragrant and versatile…



  4. Beautiful picture, and the soup looks pretty good too πŸ˜‰
    Janie x

  5. Sorry to hear you are feeling uninspired, Simone, but let me tell you, this soup sure inspired me!!!

    You sure did a fantastic job adapting Donna’s recipe! I say you should be uninspired more often πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks so much Sonia! πŸ˜‰ We decided to stop the whole30 and continue with ‘regular’ Paleo instead. Just so we can have something else in the morning. That breakfast really is my breaking point. We did eat chicken once for breakfast but it’s just not something I can stomach early in the morning. This morning we had quinoa flakes with some fruits and nuts and boy, that was delicious.. πŸ˜‰ So still on the healthy path, just a tiny bit more flexible.

  6. I love anything with celeriac or celery root as we call it here, and have yet to combine it with cauliflower until reading this recipe. The soup looks perfectly delicious and being so healthy is an added bonus.

  7. That’s such a pretty bowl with so much flavor in there. I love cauliflower and salmon together, and with a bit of coconut, that’s just pure bliss!

  8. Perfect timing for me. I’m doing Paleo and needing some good ideas right about now. It looks very comforting. A squeeze of lemon might be nice too.

    • O I didn’t know you are doing Paleo too at the moment Angela! This soup is wonderful and in fact now that I think about it; the original had a squeeze of lemon in it as well but I just totally forgot!

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