9 Heart-Healthy Soups and Starters Your Taste Buds Will Thank You For

Fresh Tomato Soup
Photo: Jason Donnelly

We all want something to look forward to at mealtimes. While greens are good, you don't have to eat only salads before every main course. Plenty of heart-healthy soups and starters will leave you feeling satiated and excited to sit down to a meal. Plus, studies show that eating nutrient-dense foods low in calories, sodium, and cholesterol significantly lowers the risk of heart disease and boosts mood and energy levels (talk about a win-win!). From low-sodium soup recipes and effortless dips to appetizers with global flavors, these heart-healthy dishes prove that nutritious eating can be a breeze.

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Chunky Minestrone

Chunky Minestrone
Chip Nadeau

High in fiber and made with whole ingredients, this heart-healthy minestrone is just what the doctor ordered. As the name suggests, this dish serves up a delicious texture with a nutritional boost thanks to crushed tomatoes, long-grain rice, fresh spinach, navy beans, and zucchini.

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Rosemary-Lemon Yogurt Dip

Rosemary-Lemon Yogurt Dip with potato wedges
Blaine Moats

When it comes to simple, healthy snacks and appetizers, dips are a no-brainer. This zesty, yogurt-based dip is easy to make and heart-healthy with only 15 calories and 78 mg of sodium per serving. Pair it with roasted veggies for a wholesome appetizer, or serve it as a dipping sauce for grilled meats.

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Winter White Vegetable Soup

Winter White Vegetable Soup
Colleen Duffley

If you are looking to mix up your veggie intake, this low-sodium vegetable soup veers off the beaten path by including often-overlooked celeriac, fennel bulb, beets, and parsnips. With a velvety texture and a distinct white color, this delicious dish comes together quickly but is fancy enough to serve at a dinner party.

04 of 09

Veggie Summer Rolls with Chimichurri Sauce

Veggie Spring Rolls with Chimichurri Sauce
Blaine Moats

Try your hand at rice paper rolling with this Asian fusion appetizer. This recipe relies on fragrant Argentine chimichurri, a popular South American sauce that gets its flavor from fresh garlic and parsley. It's a delightful complement to the refreshing crunch of the summer roll. While making the wraps might take some trial and error, with enough practice, you will be able to serve this fancy-looking dish to friends in no time.

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Green Bean Soup

Green Bean Soup
Shimon Tammar

This uncomplicated vegetable soup takes a unique spin on a classic side dish. The green beans provide a rich source of vitamins and maintain their crisp texture while swimming in the warm, savory broth to make this low-calorie, low-carb soup both heart-healthy and delicious.

06 of 09

Avocado-Poblano Salsa

Avocado-Poblano Salsa in bowl with peppers, onions, and tomatoes on cutting board
Jason Donnelly

Who said healthy eating has to be bland? Add spice to your diet with the fresh flavors of poblano peppers, red onion, and cilantro in this low-sodium salsa recipe. Serve with homemade chips or with jumbo shrimp for a satisfying shrimp cocktail.

07 of 09

Caldo De Camaron (Shrimp Soup)

Caldo de Camaron (Shrimp Soup)
Carson Downing

Fresh shrimp is the star in this flavor-packed, low-sodium soup with roots tracing back to Nayarit, a coastal home to ancient civilizations in Mexico. Take your taste buds on a journey with notes of chipotle, adobo, and epazote in every bite. Serve with warm corn tortillas and lime wedges for a true south-of-the-border experience.

08 of 09

Summer Squash Soup with Whole Wheat Orzo

Summer Squash Soup with Whole Wheat Orzo
Blaine Moats

Don't let the name of this heart-healthy soup recipe fool you—this summer squash soup can be enjoyed year-round. The vitamin A-rich, yellow flesh of the squash and firm texture of the orzo work together in this recipe to deliver a bowl of comfort with just a hint of sweetness.

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Vegetable Garden Soup with Turkey

Vegetable Garden Soup Turkey
Jason Donnelly

Loaded with lean protein and fresh veggies and low in fat, this vegetable soup will make your heart as happy as your stomach. Start to finish, it's ready to serve in 40 minutes, making it perfect for a weeknight meal. It's also a smart way to use leftover cooked turkey or chicken breast.

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  1. "Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020," Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 2016

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