Today’s post is part of the Virtual Vegan Potluck – where you can find 100 fabulous new plant-based recipes to try at home! Thanks to the awesome Annie, who made this Blogfest possible. Her Blog is well worth a visit: An Unrefined Vegan.
For the last Potluck I made a Creamy Satay Hotpot Recipe. My offering this time is soup.
I found inspiration for this soup after a trip to a local farmers’ market. It celebrates all things green and good, and is one of the most delicious combinations I’ve tried in ages. It’s so tasty that non-vegans will happily slurp it up in all its green goodness. And it uses one of my favourite vegetables – BROCCOLI.
Ingredients for 4 big serves: 4 heaped cups of broccoli, 4 cups of silverbeet leaves (or spinach), 2 cloves of garlic, 1 large potato, 2 sticks of celery, 1 cup of raw cashews soaked in water, 3 cups of good vegetable stock, zest and juice of one lime, salt and pepper to taste
*Note on cashews: Cashews give a lovely creamy texture to this soup without the use of dairy. They are also magically good for you. The secret is to soak your cashews a minimum of two hours, but preferably overnight. More info on soaking nuts here.
Chop broccoli into smallish pieces and add to a large cauldron. Then peel your potato, cut into small cubes and add to the pot.
Slice your celery and then peel and chop your garlic cloves roughly, and place them in the pot with the three cups of stock.
Lastly, cut the white rib out of the silverbeet leaves, chop the green section coarsely and stuff this into the pot as well. Don’t be alarmed if your pot is brim-full. The vegies will shrink down dramatically as they cook.
Cover with a lid, turn heat to high, and cook for ten minutes, before turning the heat to low. Continue cooking until the broccoli and potato are soft (this could take five to ten minutes, depending on your stove heat and how big your vegetable pieces are).
While the soup cooks, zest your lime, and then extract the juice. The lime gives a lovely freshness to this dish, and lifts the flavour superbly.
When the soup is ready, add the lime zest and juice and the soaked cashew nuts. Blend with a stick blender or cool slightly and use a food processor. Add salt and pepper to taste. Thin your soup with a little extra stock if necessary.
Serve with some crusty bread, and a good salad, although it’s perfectly delicious on its own. It’s also good cold the next day, if you can’t be bothered reheating it!
To enjoy the rest of the Virtual Vegan Potluck recipes, click on the navigation buttons below.
Clicking go back takes you to the inspiring Cocina de Nihacc – a vegan delight, where today’s offering is Roasted Tomato and Pepper (Capsicum) Soup.
Clicking go forward will land you at Emmy Cooks – one of my favourite cooking blogs. Emmy’s meals are simple, delicious and made with an emphasis on practical living and joyful celebration of good ingredients. I even named the sweetest little calf on our farm after Emmy (that story here). Emmy will show you how to make Creamy Roasted Celery Soup.
Thanks for visiting, and enjoy the rest of the Potluck! xx
31 thoughts on “Vegan Broccoli, Cashew and Lime Soup Recipe – Virtual Vegan Potluck 2012”
This looks *awesome*. I have saved and will try. Thanks for the vegan links too!
Just made this one! Wow! Have never tried cashews as a dairy replacement but this is out of this world!! Love it!
I will have to get my cauldron out and get cracking on this soup. It looks amazing. Thank you for the recipe.
What a healthy soup!
This looks great. I love the idea of using cashews to thicken and add cream to a soup. Thanks so much!
This will be rad in the Vitamix!! 🙂
I have to agree, the part about soaking nuts is something I am going to have to try. Thanks for the tip!
Looks wonderful! And the soaked cashews are such a great idea. Thanks for another delicious dish!
A lovely soothing & very powerful fall soup! Yummy all the way!
A great entry for the VVP! Yeah! I loved it too!
😀 It WAS very delish! Thanks for stopping by xx
Yum, this looks awesome! Any soup with lots of greens and a hit of lime and I’m sold. I’ve also never tried adding soaked cashews to a soup before, but that’s a great idea!
This is the best looking soup on here so far!! I am loving the ingredient combination, YUM!
Nicole! Such a lovely soup, all the components in it would make for a fantastic flavor! Thanks so much for being part of the potluck! xx
Looks so healthy and delicious Nicole!
I thought this was a pesto when I first saw the picture! You don’t see many green soups but I can imagine how healthy this is. Great addition to VVP.
oh yum, i am definitely making that one this weekend, thank you for sharing.
I love how green this soup is, it looks amazing and hearty!
Just making my way through the VVP & wanted to say hey 🙂
I MUST make this STAT. Looks so hearty and flavorful, thanks. Happy VVP Day
Big, warm hugs to you, Nicole! What an amazing combination of flavors! I can’t believe we almost didn’t have you coming to the Potluck!!
What a delicious sounding soup! I would gladly tuck into a bowl of this on a chilly evening. Happy VVP!
This looks more like a wonderful meal than a soup!
Yum 4 of my favourite things to eat, broccoli, cashews, lime and potatoes this is a must try recipe for me!
This soup looks extremely healthy yet oh so yummy 🙂 I love broccolli in any form but haven’t actually tried a soup like this before so I think it’ll have to go on next weeks meal plan 🙂
Merry meet again Nicole! Broccoli and lime, 2 favorites I never thought of putting together until now. That is what I love about this potluck; it is a gathering of great ideas!
I had never heard of soaking cashews before. I even went to cooking school. Is it a newly invented technique? Soup sound delish!
This looks great. Will definitely be giving it a go. Thanks for sharing!
Nicole, this sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for the wonderful collection of soup recipes. So many I want to try. I love soup and salad meals. They’re not only healthy, they’re delicious!
What an intriguing sounding soup, I love the ingredients and would like to try making this some time.
Aw–thanks for the nice words, Nicole! I am going to LOVE this soup, you just can’t go wrong with so much green in one place! (And when I make it, I will definitely call my big pot a cauldron in your honor.) 🙂