Vegetables, Salads, and Soups

Vegetables are not only rich in nutrients and antioxidants, but most of them are safe on an interstitial cystitis diet. Vegetables are also versatile elements of a healthy diet. Eat them raw or cooked, or throw them in a blender to add powerful nutrients to your smoothies. Frozen vegetables are just as healthy as fresh, so fill your freezer with frozen broccoli, Brussels sprouts, peas, and corn. Carrots, celery, cucumbers, potatoes, squash, and greens are inexpensive staples that can help you design a menu full of colorful goodness. By keeping these comfort food staples on hand, you can quickly throw together a stir-fry or soup! Portion size is also important when you are considering troublesome foods like tomatoes. You just may be able to have one slice of tomato on a sandwich, but a cup of tomato pasta sauce is too much.

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Vegetables, Salads, and Soups List

Note: Foods labeled with a plus sign (+) may be especially soothing during an IC flare according to patient reports.

Bladder Friendly

  • asparagus
  • avocado
  • beans – black eyed peas, garbanzo, lentils, pinto, white, most dried beans
  • beets
  • bell peppers – yellow, orange, red
  • broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • cabbage
  • carrots+
  • cauliflower
  • celery
  • chives
  • corn+
  • cucumber
  • eggplant
  • green beans
  • greens – collard greens, kale, mustard greens, okra, Swiss chard, spinach, bok choy
  • lettuce & most salad greens
  • mushrooms
  • olives – black
  • parsley
  • peas – green+, snow peas, split peas
  • potatoes+– white, yams
  • pumpkin
  • radishes
  • rhubarb
  • rutabaga
  • homemade soup & stock – from okay meats and vegetables
  • squash+ – summer, winter, zucchini
  • turnips

Try It

  • beans – fava, kidney beans, lima beans, black beans
  • bell peppers – green
  • olives – green
  • greens – chicory, dandelion greens, purslane, turnip greens
  • leeks (cooked)
  • onions – white, red, cooked bulb onion, raw green
  • soups – canned, low sodium, organic soups (without problem ingredients)
  • tomatoes – homegrown, low acid
  • watercress


  • bouillon – cubes, powder
  • chili peppers
  • kimchi
  • onions – raw bulb onions
  • pickles
  • sauerkraut
  • soup – most canned, boxed
  • soy beans – edamame, roasted
  • tomato – tomato sauces, tomato juice
  • tofu