Spring Greens Soup

Updated: Apr 12


Green. It is spring in a nutshell! The mix of vegetables has that "cleansing" quality-- a mix of bitter and astringent -- that my body craves after a winter's worth of hibernating, but the white beans give it a little more body and warmth for the highs and lows of the season.


You really can play with any greens from the farmers market, you want to aim for around 4 cups total. Depending on the vegetables you're using, the cooking time will vary; heartier vegetables go in earlier and leafy later. Basically, your eyes will be your best gage: you want them to get to the spot where they turn bright green, but not so long they lose their vibrancy.


serves 2-4


Ingredients

  • 1TB sunflower or vegetable oil of choice

  • 1 C navy beans cooked (if you prefer a creamier texture, and another 1/2 C)

  • 3-4 C vegetable broth (or water)

  • 3 C asparagus chopped (discard the woody part at the very base of the stalk)

  • 4 stalks celery chopped

  • 3 radishes chopped (optional, but they up the soup's bite)

  • two handfuls (around 4 oz) of kale, spinach or other leafy green torn into small pieces

  • 1 inch ginger minced or sliced

  • 1 tsp fennel powder (optional)

  • 1 tsp coriander powder (optional)

  • 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)

  • pepper to taste

  • cilantro (optional garnish)

  • 1/2 lemon


Directions

  • heat up oil on medium heat

  • Add celery, ginger

  • When the celery softens slightly (about 5 minutes) add in the broth and beans

  • bring to boil

  • add in cut asparagus, radishes, fennel, coriander and salt

  • reduce to simmer

  • keep an eye on it and wait for the asparagus to turn bright green (it won't be too long, maybe 7 minutes max), add in the leafy greens

  • when leafy vegetables turn bright green (around 3 minutes), puree with immersion blender, or transfer in batches to regular blender

  • squeeze lemon on each serving

  • add pepper and cilantro to taste

  • great alone but can also serve over rice (I love it with short grain brown) or with a side of bread






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