This spring detox soup is filled with the taste of Spring. It’s rich with spring vegetables, including asparagus, leeks and peas. It also contains lemon and herbs for a detoxifying boost.
We love getting the first local vegetables in the Spring in our Mama Earth box. This soup contained local asparagus, peas and leeks. Asparagus is a powerhouse vegetable. It has loads of fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants with hardly any calories – just 20 cal per 100g! The green asparagus is also a good source of detoxifying chlorophyll. White asparagus has never seen the light of day, so we go for the green. In case you didn’t know, almost all vegetables contain protein, but peas are an especially good source with almost 8g in one cup. This Spring detox soup is very light and fits into a detox plan. Check out our Detoxification: Do You Need It? post.
By using beans in this recipe, it makes a more filling version of the soup. If you would like a lighter version, you can omit the beans. We sometimes do this if we make an appetizer soup for dinner.
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- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 shallots
- 1 pound asparagus
- 1 cups peas, fresh or thawed if frozen
- 1 leek, white part only
- 1 fennel bulb
- 1 1/2 cups navy beans (1 15oz can, drained)
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1/3 cup fresh mint, chopped
- 1/3 cup fresh dill, chopped
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- pepper to taste
- Prepare vegetables. Rinse asparagus and trim the woody ends off. If you snap a piece of asparagus, it will typically break at the tough end. Discard the ends. Dice the remaining asparagus into pieces about 2 inches. Cut the green top off the leek and discard. Slice the leek crossways. Trim the top off the fennel bulb and slice the fennel lengthwise. Measure peas and set aside.
- Heat oil in a heavy pot over medium heat. Add shallots, asparagus, leek, fennel and salt. Saute for about 4 minutes. Add navy beans, peas and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Add fresh mint and dill. Simmer for another couple of minutes.
- Let soup cool and transfer to a blender. Blend to velvety consistency. If you have a vented blender such as Vitamix, you do not have to wait for the soup to cool. Transfer back to pot. Add lemon juice and some black pepper. Add more vegetable broth if you prefer the soup less thick. Reheat and serve.
- Optional: You can also saute some extra diced asparagus and peas and add them back to the soup for more texture. You can also top with some extra chopped fresh dill.
Made this soup today. I have never had fennel. Combination was good. My lunch for the rest of the week.
Planted and Picked
Thank you for the feedback Jodi. We love having lunches ready to go too!
Our family enjoyed FaceTime cooking dinner together this evening! This is the recipe my son, the chef decided on. We all did our own version of it , because some have diet restrictions, others not so much lol
It turned out excellent and we all enjoyed it immensely. One group added potatoes and diced bacon and cream to blend. Overall delicious and filling
Planted and Picked
Thank you Merie, what a great idea to share time with family cooking over FaceTime. It’s always a good feeling for us to hear that our recipes are being used and enjoyed. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Is it best to serve the soup hot, cold or room temperature?
Planted and Picked
Hi. It is best served heated (for both taste and digestion). Let us know if you try it!