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  • Makes 4 cups

This vibrant, verdant chilled soup is surprisingly easy to make: Beyond submerging the peas in boiling water for a minute, it requires no cooking. To achieve the best flavor and avoid bitterness, we recommend using a mix of different spring greens.

Spring Greens Soup: Two bowls of bright green chilled soup, topped with matchstick-cut radishes


  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 8 cups assorted spring greens (spinach, arugula, baby chard, and/or baby kale)
  • 1 medium cucumber (9 to 10 oz.), halved, seeded, and chopped
  • ½ of an avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup very thin radish matchsticks
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • ¼ cup unflavored plant milk, such as almond, soy, cashew, or rice
  • Crispbread crackers (optional)


  1. In a small heatproof bowl place peas and enough boiling water to cover. Let stand 1 minute; drain well. In a blender combine peas, spring greens, cucumber, avocado, the lemon juice, and broth. Cover and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Season with pepper. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.
  2. For gremolata, in a small bowl combine parsley, radishes, chives, and the lemon zest. Cover and chill until ready to use.
  3. Before serving, stir milk into soup. Top servings with gremolata. Serve with crackers.

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Cindy Meiri2 months ago
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Please include weights for things like spring greens … 16 ounces of spring greens is a whole lot easier to buy than 8 cups otherwise it sounds really good and will try it

Kate2 months ago
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Shelli McConnell

Shelli McConnell graduated with a bachelor of science in consumer food science and a minor in journalism from Iowa State University. She began her career as a home economist in the Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen before moving into an editorial position within Meredith Corporation. She has since freelanced for 25 years and has served as an editorial project manager for many books and magazines, including three editions of the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book. She has also developed thousands of recipes for publications including Forks Over Knives magazine; Eat This, Not That!; Diabetic Living; Better Homes & Gardens; The Magnolia Journal; and more. Shelli loves to entertain and inspire, so when she’s not in her office, she’s usually in her kitchen.

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