As we enter the warmer months and fresh produce becomes abundant (yay for summer!), you probably find yourself craving more raw fruits and vegetables. I get pretty lazy when it comes to eating raw over the winter – I love my hot comfort foods – but in cooler months, I definitely want to get my raw on.
One of the first raw soups I ever tried was Russell James’s avocado lime soup. Before I ate it, I was a bit hesitant; being so used to hot soups, I really didn’t think a cold one would impress me.
Whoa. Was I wrong. From the first spoonful I was in heaven and instantly became a massive fan of this recipe. In fact, I began making it a few times a week for a while – it became a bit of an addiction! It’s so creamy from the avocados and cashew cream sauce, tangy from the lime juice, slightly spicy from the cumin, and a little bit salty from the tamari. It’s utterly delicious and everyone else who has tried it has been completely bowled over. Its probably one of the nicest raw soups/dishes you’ll ever try. Better yet, it’s super easy to make at home and doesn’t require you to be a culinary expert to do it. Russell James has worked on this recipe himself, ensuring that you can make it taste just like he does.
I wanted to share his amazing recipe with you so you can try it out too! It really is so easy and quick to make – you just need to mix up two groups of ingredients in a food processor or blender, add them together, and you’re done!
This soup is absolutely packed with healthy fats, minerals, and vitamins, and will also help your liver detox more efficiently thanks to the presence of fresh coriander.
What’s So Healthy About This Soup?
Avocados are loaded with heart healthy monounsaturated fats and are rich in oleic acid, which is an omega 9 fat. Oleic acid has been shown to reduce inflammation and to have beneficial effects on some genes linked to cancers. Avocados are also loaded with anti-oxidants that help the eyes, and contain heaps of vitamins and minerals.
Coriander (Cilantro) This is quite possibly one of the most amazing herbs you can eat. Coriander can help treat: skin inflammation, high cholesterol levels, mouth ulcers, anemia, indigestion, skin disorders, and blood sugar issues. It’s known as Dhania in the Indian Subcontinent and is used all over the world in many different styles of cooking. It has a whopping 11 components of essential oils, six types of acids (vitamin C in particular), and is full of mineral and vitamins. It also has detoxifying and anti-septic properties.
Cumin – Cumin is rich in magnesium, sodium, potassium, and phosphorus. It has good amounts of zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium. It’s also high in Vitamins A, C, E and choline. It has niacin, B6, Vitamin K, riboflavin, and folate. Cumin is also good for digestive disorders and can help the body to detoxify.
Avocado Lime Soup
3/4 of a medium cucumber
1 stalk celery
Juice of 1 lime
Small handful of fresh coriander (cilantro)
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon tamari
1 cup water (if wanting warm soup use hot water)
Sour cream and chopped chives to garnish
Blend all ingredients, except the sour cream and chopped chives, in a high-speed blender until smooth.
Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with sour cream and chopped chives.
1 1/2 cups cashews
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
- Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Add a little extra water, one tablespoon at a time, if you’re having trouble getting the cashews smooth.
- Transfer to a bowl or squeeze bottle. Keep refrigerated. Will firm up a little in the fridge, which makes an excellent dip for crudites.
Who Is The Raw Chef? – Russell James
”Before I got into raw food, I felt rubbish and I most definitely looked rubbish. Even though I was eating “good” food (meat, chicken, veg and fruit), I had very little energy, I always looked a bit ill, and I couldn’t shake off an acne problem. I was up for trying anything to look and feel better, so back in 2004, I went to Koh Samui in Thailand for a 7-day fast – and discovered raw food.
I spent all my spare time reading up on raw food, finding the best places to buy ingredients, and experimenting with delicious, practical recipes – which I shared on my blog. I’d not been trained as a chef at all, but off the back of my blog I had people from all over the world flying in to take classes with me.
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