Creamy kale & carrot soup with avocado

This creamy soup is dairy-free and thickened with some healthy ripe avocado.Kale, carrot, and avocado soup

A few years ago I found the recipe for a creamy avocado pasta sauce with herbs in a recipe collection that the local newspaper was giving away for free. I tried it and loved it, because, who doesn’t love avocado? But what I liked the most about it was the perfectly creamy texture of the sauce, without having to use any dairy. This led me to experiment with avocado in all kinds of settings, including smoothies, more sauces, salad dressings, and lately, soups.

You see, living in New York, where the weather is much colder than where I’m from (Lima), has turned me into a devout soup person. I have a vegetable soup I would say at least three times a week, and I like them creamy, but without the dairy.

The reason why I don’t consume dairy anymore is a topic for another post. All I’m going to say is that I’ve come to realize that no cream or milk (not even dairy-free versions like soy, almond, or coconut milk) are needed to make a vegetable cream soup thick and delicious. It all depends on the veggie/water ratio you use.

However, a few weeks ago I tried making a soup that didn’t turn out as silky as I wanted it to, and all of a sudden a light bulb turned on in my head. AVOCADO! And this wonderful ingredient that I couldn’t live without, saved the day. Here’s the recipe.

Creamy kale & carrot soup with avocado
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Recipe type: Soup
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Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • ½ cup carrot, cubed
  • 2 cups baby kale
  • 1½ cup water
  • Salt, to taste
  • ½ inch ginger root & ½ inch turmeric root, peeled and grated
  • ½ a ripe avocado
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a small pan, except the avocado, and turn the heat to high.
  2. When it boils, cover the pan, lower the heat, and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a blender and process with the avocado until creamy.
  4. *Be careful when blending hot liquids because they may come shooting out of the vase when you turn it on. Put the lid on right before pressing the button, press the lid really tightly with one hand, and then press the slowest button with your other hand. Slowly increase the speed. When you turn it off, wait a few seconds before opening it.

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