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Cream of Summer Harvest

This delicious healing soup is filled with aromatic delights like fennel, tarragon, asparagus, and parsley to help detoxify and fortify your body. Raw almonds create a creamy, dairy-free foundation for antioxidant-packed foods that fight disease by destroying or removing cancer-causing free radicals. Blend half the soup if you prefer a thicker consistency.

Yield: 
6 cups
Cooking Time:  15 Minutes
Prep Time:  15 Minutes
Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup raw almonds, soaked*
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp oil or ghee
  • 1 cup bite-size cauliflower or broccoli florets
  • 1 cup slivered fennel
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrot (1-2 carrots)
  • ¼ cup diced celery
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 1¼ tsp salt or to taste
  • 1½ tsp minced fresh tarragon (or ½ tsp dried)
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 cup chopped asparagus (leave tips whole)
  • ½ cup whole grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup minced parsley plus extra for garnishing

*The almonds will expand to about 1½ cups after soaking. Use all 1½ cups.

Instructions: 
  1. Strain and rinse the soaked almonds, discarding the soaking water. Place the almonds and fresh water in a blender and blend until smooth, in batches if necessary.
  2. Heat the oil or ghee in a 3-quart pot over high heat. Add the cauliflower or broccoli, fennel, carrot, celery, onion, and ¼ teaspoon of the salt and sauté for 1 minute. Cover and cook for another few minutes until the onion begins to brown, stirring occasionally.  
  3. Add the blended almond milk, remaining teaspoon salt, tarragon, mustard, and turmeric and bring to just under a boil.  
  4. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 5 minutes.  
  5. Add the asparagus, tomatoes, and parsley, increase the heat to medium-high, cover, and simmer for about 5 minutes until the asparagus is tender. Remove from the heat, ladle into bowls, garnish with parsley, and serve.
Notes: 

Plan ahead: Soak the almonds in 3 cups of water at room temperature for 8 to 12 hours. This lets the nuts germinate, enlivening them so they’re more nutritious (and less fattening).

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