The searing heat wave that was plaguing the East Coast and Mid West has now made its way to Northern California. We've had a very mild summer and we've thoroughly enjoyed it, but it's always a shocker when those triple digits hit (and for multiple days). Turning on the oven is out of the question (unless it's very early in the morning). So I've tried to be creative with meals and do most of my cooking before it gets too hot. I've made this avocado soup four or five times in the last couple of weeks. I happen to adore avocados, so this dish is a delight. I've experimented with several different ingredients (adding cucumber, omitting the mint, playing with various measurements of lime), and this recipe is my favorite. I LOVE strong flavors. My palate is quite needy in this way. Tart is one of my favorites. So, I add more lime than you might see in some avocado soup recipes. This recipe is slightly adapted from Joy the Baker. As you can see she adds more liquid, less lime, and other ingredients (including corn and bacon). I wanted to keep this soup raw, SCD, paleo and vegan. I love the complex flavor combination of the mint and lime, offset by the creamy avocado. My favorite topping is creamed beet "cheese" sauce (cashew based). The sweet beets are PERFECT against this tart dish. Let me know if you try this recipe - what you add, what you omit. I always appreciate variations.
Creamy Chilled Mint Avocado Soup with a Puckery Kiss of Lime (vegan, raw, SCD)
-2 fresh, ripe avocados
-1 1/4 cup filtered water (or veggie stock)
-2 to 4 tablespoons lime juice (I use 4)
-1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
-3 tablespoons cashew cream (see below in notes)
-1 to 3 teaspoons fresh mint, chopped (I use 3, which is 1 Tbs)
-Optional: 1/2 peeled cucumber (surprisingly, I don't care the cucumber in this soup), roasted red pepper, bacon, vegan yogurt, parsley. The options are endless really.
1. In a food processor mix avocado, water, lime juice, salt, cashew cream, and mint until creamy and well incorporated.
2. Transfer to refrigerator until chilled.
3. Serves 4 as antipasto, or 2 large meal servings.
*To make the cashew cream, soak 1/2 cup cashews in filtered water for 4 - 6 hours. Drain cashews and blend with 1/3 - 1/2 cup filtered water (you want a thick, creamy texture). After you add this 3 tablespoons of cashew cream to the soup, from here you an add in 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 cup roasted beets and make a delicious cashew "cheese" beet spread on pizza crust or as a topping on the soup.
*For Paleo AIP, omit cashew cream (as it's not allowed) and sub with coconut cream if you like, or just leave out the cream altogether.
For garnish: prepared black beans or garden fresh tomatoes
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