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Summertime Detox: Creamy avocado, arugula, broccoli soup

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Summertime Detox: Creamy avocado, arugula, broccoli soup, Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

Yesterday I reached the week mark of my summertime detox wherein I’ve been eating nothing but fruits and veggies (I should clarify: a gut-busting amount of fruits and veggies). In addition to all the smoothies, juices and grilled, steamed and raw veggies I’ve feasted on, I’ve also made a couple great soups (like Monday’s Miso Beet Soup) that are really worth sharing.

It may not look like much, but this creamy broccoli, avocado and arugula soup was especially phenomenal. One of the better soups I’ve had in a while. And, talk about soups you would have never thought to make, right? Can’t take the credit. I modified the recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow’s, GOOP and thought to add avocado because of a different recipe a friend shared with me.

This soup packs a ton of greens and good fat and I think, all that combined, really kept me full longer and gave me more energy than most of the things I was eating during my cleanse.

The process takes just a few minutes. Steam your broccoli (I like to leave the stems long cause I like the texture of them). Sauté some onions. Add some water then blend everything up with some ginger, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper. I also added some red pepper flakes and honey for extra heat and sweetness.


This was my first time using arugula and avocado in a soup and I was so pleasantly surprised by how well the flavors came together. Hot avocado is my new jam. I’ll definitely be adding this soup to my list of regulars. It’s great hot or cold like gazpacho.


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Cook/prep time: 15 minutes. Serves: 2 (but easily double the recipe to make more!) I like to keep the broccoli stems longer for texture. Soup is great served hot or cold like gazpacho. Blend with additional water if you like thinner consistency. Use spinach as a sub if you don’t like arugula. Freezes great.

You need:

  • 1/2 haas avocado
  • About 8-10 decent sized broccoli clusters = to almost 1 full head (stems kept at least an inch long)
  • 1/3 onion of choice
  • 2 hand fulls arugula
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt (about 1 teaspoon) or to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Red pepper flakes (about 1/4 teaspoon) or to taste
  • Drizzle of honey or agave
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1 inch minced ginger root
  • 1 cup water


  1. Lightly steam the broccoli. Remove from heat when bright green. Saute onions in olive oil until just soft.
  2. Place cooked broc and onions and all the other ingredients in a blender, food processor or use hand emersion blender. Add 1/2 cup water and blend. Keep adding more water until reachers desired consistency. Add any additional salt to taste.
  3. Enjoy hot or cold!



  1. Posted June 10, 2010 at 9:17 AM | Permalink

    That looks delicious and perfect to serve cold on a summer afternoon!

    Question: how do you like your hand-held blender? I’ve heard great things, especially for making soups… any thoughts? Easier cleanup than a regular blender, I’m guessing. Have you made smoothies/margaritas with it?

  2. gabi
    Posted June 10, 2010 at 9:31 AM | Permalink

    Oh, I highly highly recommend the hand blender! It’s so quick to use and clean up. I use it for everything – smoothies, soups, whipping cream, sauces. It blends steamed or cooked veggies right up. Hm, margaritas? Well, I’ve never used it with a ton of ice at a time because I only put a few pieces of ice in my smoothies, so I’m not sure how it would do (maybe using crushed ice would be best). I think you’d be happy with it though. My other blender is pretty much dead to me now….collecting dust in the hall closet.

  3. Posted June 10, 2010 at 10:13 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the tips– I think a hand blender might be in my near future :)

  4. Fay
    Posted June 10, 2010 at 4:09 PM | Permalink

    I went out this morning to purchase the ingredients. So excited to see how it works out!

  5. Posted June 19, 2010 at 11:49 PM | Permalink

    I just found your blog and couldn’t be more excited! Simple and lovely! My husband and I are detoxing as well so I am looking forward to trying several of your recipes. Thank you!

  6. Posted July 1, 2010 at 4:24 PM | Permalink

    sooo goood!! i’m dying, it’s so good.

  7. gabi
    Posted July 2, 2010 at 10:44 AM | Permalink

    haha. I know, right? i had the same reaction. unexpectedly fabulous.

  8. jbell
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 10:48 PM | Permalink

    Absolutely wonderful! just made it and I LOVE the avocado in it. I went on the GOOP website to check out the original post and I must tell you that your version is much much better. & the red chili flakes are a great addition. thanks!

  9. gabi
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 9:17 AM | Permalink

    Oh good, I’m glad you liked it! You gave me a craving for it so I guess I’ll have to make some this week!

  10. Posted August 5, 2010 at 12:35 PM | Permalink

    Just found your blog, it’s so lovely! I’d be very intersted on more of these summer detox recipes, my husband and I are thinking of doing this, but it feels like it will hard to get creative, every time I think of a recipe featuring some wonderful vegetable I always realize it has quinoa or bread or something.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, recipes and especially gorgeous photos!

  11. NICOLE
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 12:40 PM | Permalink


  12. Posted May 2, 2011 at 12:16 PM | Permalink

    This is the prettiest soup ever! love the ingredients and the colour. I must try it tomorrow to see if I like the taste either:)

  13. Alli
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 6:29 PM | Permalink

    I’ve been in desperate need of some greens in my life, and made this last night for dinner. I basically couldn’t wait for my husband to get home for dinner and ate half of it straight out of the blender. Deeeeelicious!

  14. Posted March 16, 2012 at 5:11 PM | Permalink

    I can’t wait to try this one. I love a good {semi} raw soup with avocado.

  15. Katie
    Posted May 15, 2012 at 7:32 PM | Permalink

    This was a great soup overall. I’m glad I found the recipe. Next time I think I’ll leave out the lemon juice though, or do just a splash. Just personal taste. Thanks for this though :)

  16. Tiffanie
    Posted July 10, 2012 at 8:33 PM | Permalink

    I am so excited to try this soup, sounds sooo good.

    One question, I was thinking about trying to add quinoa to this soup for some added protein…does anyone have any thoughts on that? Would it go well with it?

    Thank You!

  17. gabi
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM | Permalink

    I think the addition of quinoa sounds great! Add a couple scoops of it (pre cooked) before serving or even blend it up in the soup. Either way would be nice and probably add some good texture!

  18. Tiffanie
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 7:41 PM | Permalink

    Thanks Gabi, I thought it sounded good too!

    Glad I’m not alone, lol.

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