chilled spinach, avocado and pea soup with crab salsa

If like me, you managed to OD on  mini-eggs and treacle tart over the weekend, you might be thinking about injecting something a little bit healthier into your poor, saccharine-addled body. This chilled green soup of mind-boggling goodness is just what the overworked NHS GP ordered. Verdant with veg and gorgeous supped with tomato juice ice cubes, a touch of greek yoghurt and a piquant crab salsa (don’t worry if you can’t get fresh crab, the supermarket tinned lump-meat stuff is just as good for these purposes) it’s something you can put together super-quickly after the shock of being back at the electronic coalface. Perfect for when you’re feeling a bit kitchen shy and just want to bask it up in those final rays of the day…

ingredients

for the soup

1 x 230g bag spinach leaves, washed and blitzed right down in a blender with ½ pint cold vegetable stock (I used 1 tsp Marigold powder)

2-3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

2-3 spring onions, roughly chopped

1 avocado, roughly chopped

1 small clove garlic, crushed

The juice of a lime

A couple of pickled chillies

A dash of sherry/balasamic/rice/not Sarsons vinegar

1 hefty pinch of salt and a few twists of pepper

1 handful of fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped

2-3 tbsp peas (I used defrosted frozen petit pois)

For the salsa:

One tin of whole lump crab meat (or fresh if you can get it)

A red pepper, diced

½ red onion finely chopped

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 red chilli, finely chopped

Juice and zest of half a lime

A glug of good olive/avocado oil

Chopped parsley/coriander

Salt and pepper

to serve

a spoonful of greek yoghurt

frozen cubes of tomato juice, or if you’re feeling a bit flash, whole mint leaves frozen in tomato juice cubes.

Method

  • Place all the soup ingredients in a blender, whizz and adjust the seasoning to taste (it develops over time, so if enjoying this straight away, I’d add a smidge more garlic, salt and/or chilli).
  • Chill in the fridge with ice cubes while you get on with the salsa.
  • Combine the salsa ingredients.
  • Serve with the chilled soup.
  • If you’re mega-organised you can make tomato ice cubes ahead of putting this together, otherwise a cold swirl of yoghurt it is. Some toasted almonds would be nice too.
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16 comments

  1. Thelittleloaf

    Wow, looks exactly what the doctor ordered. I also ate way too much chocolate this Easter-and just posted a lovely light recipe with crab on my blog-great minds! I’m always a bit scared of tinned crab though-is there a l brand you’d recommend as normally I think fresh or don’t bother?

    • gastrogeek

      ah yes, great minds indeed! I found a Kingfisher brand in my local branch of Sainos which is just great for this (your crab linguine sounds gorgeous by the way).

  2. Jonny

    My body is precisely poor and saccharine-addled. Thank you for this recipe!

  3. Gorgeous looking soup! Perfect antidote to a chocolate overdose.

    • gastrogeek

      Thanks Niamh! I definitely felt a lot healthier after eating this (although I did ruin it somewhat by having a slab of fruit and nut immediately after)

  4. It was a week for green soups! I love the look of this…We needed exactly the same kind of thing this week, though ours was based on an overdose of sweets in Morocco. We didn’t really start on the chocolate haul until last night….

    • gastrogeek

      Wasn’t it just? Moroccan sweets sound lovely -we’re plotting our bbq today, I do love summer in the city…

  5. Jasmina

    This sounds and looks absolutely delicio! Bet it’s really fresh and light. Nice and summery.

  6. Lovely looking soup Rej and I particularly like the ‘not Sarsons’ advice, good enough for chish and fips though.

    • gastrogeek

      Thanks D- I do like to state the bleeding obvious whenever possible (and agreed, it’s the only thing that works on haddock and chips and plenty of it)

  7. Salty

    Lovely light fresh flavours – gorgeous. And sigh, I suppose it IS time to stop eating Easter eggs now.

  8. This just came up in a search for spinach soup. I’m doing it tonight. After a weekend of lots of eating we need something light and healthy! Lovely blog, gorgeous photos. x

    • gastrogeek

      thanks Tamsin, I know what you mean, I’m still recovering from a weekend of abject gluttony! – I really hope you like it. Let me know how you get on x

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