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creamy greens & avocado soup
Very Green Soup with Loads of Lemon and Herbs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

A faintly Scandinavian soup with plenty of greens, an avocado, herbs, ground coriander and cardamom. Blitz to a velvet haze of spring green.

Course: Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: Scandinavian
Keyword: vegan
Servings: 4 servings10
Calories: 293 kcal
Author: kellie anderson
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 fat leek or onion
  • 1.7 litres vegetable stock/broth
  • 2 courgettes/zucchini
  • 1 head of broccoli include the tender stem
  • 200 g chard or spring greens or same volume of lettuce or spinach
  • 50 g rocket/ arugula
  • 100 g frozen edamame or peas
  • 20 g dill, tarragon or parsley or a mix of these
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom optional if you don't have it
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 ripe avocado or use 150ml cream
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast optional; or add same of parmesan cheese
  • 1 small juicy lemon
Instructions
  1. Prepare the vegetables. Trim and roughly chop the leek or onion, the courgettes, broccoli and greens of choice, as well as herbs. Halve the avocado, removing the stone with the point of a knife, and scooping out the creamy flesh.

  2. Heat the oil over a low-medium flame in a large saucepan. Add the chopped leek or onion and gently saute for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Halve the lemon.

  3. Add the stock, courgettes, broccoli and chard. Bring up to a gentle simmer, pop on the lid and let cook for 10 minutes. Slip in the rocket, edamame, herbs of choice, ground spices, avocado and nutritional yeast, if using. Turn off the heat. Let the soup sit so that the herbs and rocket "melt" a bit.

  4. Blend until smooth, adding in juice of half a lemon. Taste and perhaps add more lemon and a bit of salt if you wish. Serve warm or cool rather than hot.

Recipe Notes

My favourite way to make this is with chard, edamame (I'm not so keen on garden peas), dill and all of the spices. But please feel free to use what appeals more to you. As for the greens, I've made this with limp lettuce and it was great! Oh, and the ground cardamom is particularly recommended. It won't make the soup taste like a Swedish pastry - I promise!

Nutrition Facts
Very Green Soup with Loads of Lemon and Herbs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 293 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 183mg8%
Potassium 1514mg43%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 5328IU107%
Vitamin C 198mg240%
Calcium 185mg19%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.