Dairy-Free Cream of Celery Root Soup


This recipe for cream of celery root soup is a 30 minute Grand Prize Winner from the Fast & Fresh Time Trials Recipe Contest, hosted here on Go Dairy Free, and sponsored by So Delicious Dairy Free.

Dairy-Free Cream of Celery Root Soup Recipe

The recipe (and photo above) was created by Becca Buckley of One Fine Tomato (note that I’ve included it in the “Alisa’s Recipes” section simply to share that it is a recipe I have tested in my own kitchen, recommend, and included notes on).

Becca uses So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk Beverage in this easy cream of celery root soup to thin, but maintain a creamy consistency. We loved the recipe twist – none of us had tried celery root and it was surprisingly delicious even though we aren’t big fans of celery – plus, Becca opted to add chili powder and 5 spice for a touch of complimentary warm spice.

Special Diet Notes & Options: Cream of Celery Root Soup

Go Dairy Free - The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance and Casein-Free LivingBy ingredients, this recipe for cream of celery root soup is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and all around allergy-friendly. Just be sure to choose your broth appropriately to fit your dietary needs.

Alisa’s Notes: Becca uses fresh herbs, which is nice, but we also liked a swirl of unsweetened dairy-free coconut milk yogurt. It adds a little sour cream-like contrast (picture below is from my kitchen). We also preferred 1/4 teaspoon 5-spice powder and used regular (not low-sodium) broth with that exact amount of salt. It wasn’t low-sodium, but it was full of flavor. If you don’t have 5-spice available, I think this cream of celery root soup would be just as delicious with the chili powder alone.

Dairy-Free Cream of Celery Root Soup Recipe

Dairy-Free Cream of Celery Root Soup
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We adored this creamy, flavorful soup by Becca of One Fine Tomato. For our notes on spice, broth, and garnish, see the notes in the post above.
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder
  • 2 medium celery root (about 2 lbs total), peeled and cut into ½" pieces
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 cup So Delicious Dairy Free Unsweetened Coconut Milk Beverage
  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and ½ teaspoon salt, sauté until softened, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add chili powder and 5-spice powder and sauté for 1 minute. Add celery root, sauté for another minute.
  3. Add broth, and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer, cover, and cook until celery root is tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Puree soup in batches in a blender. Transfer back to pot and stir in coconut milk beverage, remaining salt, and pepper. Add more salt to taste (depends largely on how much salt is in the broth you use.)

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. do you have a version without the milk substitutes? I am just as allergic to the chemicals in the listed coconut milk as I am to dairy products

    • Just use light coconut milk rather than milk beverage. I use a brand that has just water, coconut and a little guar gum, but nothing else. I believe a few brands are just coconut and water.

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