If you’ve never tried them, cold soups in summer can be especially refreshing and hydrating. This cold soup delivers on those qualities and is also beneficial because of the satiating magic of avocado. As a bonus, this recipe requires limited time in a hot kitchen. A few minutes to simmer on the stove top and a quick zip in a blender is all the effort you’ll need.
Super-Easy Avocado Broccoli Soup
3 avocados, ripe; peeled and pitted
2 cups fresh broccoli florets, preferably organic
2 to 3 cups almond milk, preferably homemade
2 lemons, or 1 lemon and 1 lime, juiced
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic (optional)
Optional garnish: chopped fresh herbs, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, red pepper flakes, lemon or lime slices
- Place broccoli florets in a steamer basket over simmering water with the pot covered until broccoli is crisp tender, about 5 minutes. For alternative steaming methods check out Steaming 101: Capture The Crisp and Nutrish.
- Place avocado, steamed broccoli, 2 cups almond milk, lemon/lime juice, olive oil, cumin, and garlic (if using) in blender, and process until smooth.
- Add additional almond milk, as needed, to reach desired consistency.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Chill for at least one hour and garnish as desired prior serving.
- Store any leftover soup in a glass container for up to 4 days.
- Spicy Avocado Broccoli Soup. Add 1 serrano chili to the blender for some serious kick.
- Avocado and Asparagus Soup. Substitute 1 pound of asparagus, ends trimmed and steamed, for the broccoli.
- Simple Avocado Soup. Eliminate the broccoli and allow the avocado to be the sole star.
If your avocados are too firm, place them in a brown paper bag overnight with an apple or banana. Apples and bananas release an ethylene gas, a naturally occurring plant hormone, which hastens the ripening process. On the flip side, if your avocados are already ripe, make sure you store them away from apples and bananas to avoid over-ripening.
Avocados are the king of healthy fats, and should be a staple in any kitchen. Slice them on salads, eat as a snack, or experiment with avocado toast—there are so many ways to enjoy this fruit that delivers essential nutrients to your diet. The fat in avocados will keep you full longer and reduce blood sugar spikes, since monosaturated fats—like those in avocado—suppress the appetite and slow the absorption of carbohydrates.
Serve this soup as a first course for any meal, or make it a meal in itself—chopped grilled chicken or grilled shrimp are great additions.