Watercress and spinach soup

Peppery watercress and spinach soup

Watercress and spinach soup

A fresh peppery soup filled with goodness which works for any season or any time of day. Super easy to prepare and makes a nourishing base for a variety of toppings.

SERVES: 4 PREP TIME: 25 mins COOK TIME: 20 mins


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium bunch spring onions, chopped
  • 1 stick celery, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 160g fresh watercress
  • 200g fresh spinach
  • ½ cup of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 500ml boiling water


  1. On a medium heat preheat the olive oil and fry the spring onions and celery until softened and browned.
  2. Add and stir in all the spices.
  3. Reduce the heat and fold in the fresh watercress, spinach and parsley until soft.
  4. Add the boiling water and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Turn the heat off and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  6. Blend all the ingredients, using a hand held blender, to the consistency you like.
  7. Serve immediately or cool and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Inspiration and top tips

  • If you want to make a larger quantity simply add a packet of frozen spinach to your mix.
  • Add different vegetables to the base such as fennel, garlic, bok choy, chard etc.
  • Add cooked fish or chicken for a more substantial meal; serve cold in summer with grilled prawns and/or garnish with roasted seeds or nuts and a drizzle of chilli oil.

Dietary Requirements

Gluten Free  |  Dairy Free  |  Sugar Free  |  Yeast Free  |  Soy Free  |  Egg Free  |  Nut Free  |  Vegetarian

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