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Island Kale & Sweet Potato Soup

Active Time: 10 Minutes    Total Time: 30 Minutes

Inspired by Caribbean callaloo, this tropical, coconut- milk-spiked soup can be mildly or wildly spicy, according to your taste.  If you like it hot, add some or all of the jalapeno seeds or a splash of Tabasco sauce.

VEGETABLE TIP: Crinkly kale leaves are wonderfully sturdy and flavorful, making them especially well-suited to soups.  Remove and discard the thick stems and then wash the leaves really well before adding them to a dish.  The twists and turns of kale leaves are great places for dirt to hide.

WINE RECOMMENDATION: Foods with a bit of sweetness invite some in the wine as well.  Good choices would include an off-dry chenin blanc from California or a similarly off-dry riesling from Washington State.

Serving Size

Serves 4


  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Jalapeno chiles, seeds and ribs removed, sliced thin
  • 3/4 pound kale, tough stems removed, leaves washed well and shredded (about 1 quart)
  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 3), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 quarts canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup long-grain rice

Recipe Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over moderately low heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the garlic and jalapeno and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Stir in the kale, sweet potatoes, broth, and salt and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  6. Add the coconut milk and just heat through.
  7. Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil.
  8. Stir in the rice and boil until just done, 10 to 12 minutes.  Drain.
  9. Put a mound of rice in the center of each bowl.
  10. Ladle the soup around the rice.
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