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Summertime Sweet Asparagus Soup

06/10/2014 02:49 pm ET | Updated Aug 10, 2014
  • Amie Valpone Culinary Nutrition Expert; Editor-in-Chief, TheHealthyApple.com
Amie Valpone

Here's an easy recipe to whip up and keep cool this summer! It's perfect for lunch or dinner and is filled with lots of healthy fiber, antioxidants and good-for-you ingredients!

Summertime Sweet Asparagus Soup

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan

Serves 4

Ingredients

• 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
• 1/2 lb. asparagus, cut into 2 inch pieces and ends trimmed
• 1 medium Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
• 1 1/2 cups water
• 1/2 lb. fresh baby spinach
• 1 scallion, thinly sliced
• 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
• 1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
• 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
• 2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1/2 tsp. sea salt
• 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
• 2 Tbsp. slivered almonds

Directions

1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add asparagus and Vidalia onions. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, then remove from heat.
2. Puree asparagus and Vidalia onion mixture in a blender with 1/2 cup water until smooth.
3. Add spinach, scallions, cucumbers and the remaining cup of water. Blend until smooth. Add avocado, cilantro, lemon juice, sea salt and pepper; puree until smooth.
4. Transfer soup to four serving bowls; garnish with slivered almonds and serve.