Spring has sprung – the skies are blue, the weather is warmer, and you’re probably putting your sweaters and coats away until next fall. The bounty of fresh produce that is available in spring is amazing and while we may eat more salads, don’t put your soup pot away.
Sure, we spent all winter eating big bowls of hot and hearty soups to warm us up, but soups are also great in the springtime. A bowl of soup may be just what we need when we’re trying to eat lighter and cut back on carbs. Just look at these 11 Fresh and Raw Light Soups for Spring.
With delicious veggies like spring peas, asparagus, artichokes, and celery, we can make soups that are light but packed with flavor. Spring forward and make these 10 soups that are refreshing and colorful, just like springtime.
1. Watercress Soup
Watercress is not just for tea sandwiches. This easy Asian Watercress Soup has a slightly bitter taste, with some subtle sweetness. The combination of tender watercress leaves, red dates, carrots, ginger, and a drizzle of sesame oil is both unique and flavorful. Pair this soup with a bowl of white rice for a filling meal.
2. Chilled Roasted Asparagus Soup
Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a bowl of this Chilled Roasted Asparagus Soup. It’s lightly seasoned, allowing the flavors of the roasted asparagus to take center stage. This cool soup would be a perfect appetizer or soup course for a summer dinner party and it’s one of those things that would impress your friends. It tastes great when warm, but the flavors truly shine through when it’s served chilled.
3. Minty Pea Soup
If you want a light and refreshing soup that energizes and awakens, you must try this Minty Pea Soup. Potatoes give this soup a rich and creamy texture, and a generous cup of spinach creates a bright green color. The smooth consistency and fresh flavor make this a must try for any season.
4. Cleansing Detox Soup
This Cleansing Detox Soup is packed with all the good stuff! Even though it’s oil-free, it’s full-flavored, thanks to fresh lemon juice, fresh ginger, bright turmeric, balancing cinnamon, and a touch of spicy cayenne. The soup’s leafy greens, broccoli, celery, and carrots will nourish you and make you feel whole. Enjoy this soup as a light lunch with a salad on the side.
5. Cream of Celery Soup
Celebrate celery by making this Cream of Celery Soup with it. Creamy potatoes, celery, onion, and an array of spices come together to create this interpretation of the traditional soup. Potatoes give this soup a rich and grainy texture while the celery gives the dish a sharp, fresh flavor. Keep it chunky, or blend for a puréed soup — either way, it’s delicious!
6. Raw Spinach and Carrot Soup
This Raw Spinach and Carrot Soup is made creamy with avocado, which balances out the green earthiness of the spinach while carrots add just a hint of sweetness, and parsley adds freshness. It can be warmed just slightly to keep it warm, but we recommend enjoying it on a hot day.
7. Creamy Asparagus and Sunchoke Soup
If you’re as happy as we are that asparagus is back in season, you’ll want to make this Creamy Asparagus and Sunchoke Soup. The combination makes a light, but flavorful soup. Shallots lend their mellow flavor, and a Yukon gold potato makes it irresistibly creamy. Garnish with microgreens, a drizzle of olive oil, and a few turns of freshly cracked black better. Enjoy this sunny yellow soup during the transition into longer, warmer days.
8. Gazpacho With Fresh Herbs
If you’ve got ten minutes, you can have this bright and delicious Gazpacho With Fresh Herbs. Easy to make and so flavorful, all you need to make it is a blender and 10 minutes of your time, from start to finish. Garnish this soup with fresh herbs and serve with a side of warm bread for a light lunch or ladle it into shot glasses for yummy party shooters.
9. Creamy Thai Cauliflower Soup
This Creamy Thai Cauliflower Soup is a simple blend of Thai curry paste, the zing of lime, balanced out with the tender creaminess of cauliflower and coconut milk. The cauliflower is roasted prior to being blended into the soup, a step that adds a delicious and smoky flavor to the overall experience. Serve this soup with a side salad or a side of bread.
10. Chilled Cucumber Soup With Pico de Gallo
Nothing is quite as refreshing on a spring day as a chilled soup. Well, ice cream, but you can’t have ice cream for lunch … every day. This Chilled Cucumber Soup With Pico de Gallo is light, smooth, and velvety from the silken tofu and cucumber. It is seasoned artfully with cilantro and given a bit of spice and color with the pico de gallo garnish. This is so good, you may actually choose this soup over ice cream.
Soup is a perfect food all year-round. Take advantage of all the fresh produce that comes into season and enjoy these light and refreshing spring soups.
Lead image source: Cleansing Detox Soup