The perfect antidote to a hot and muggy day when you want a meal that simply “comes together”? A refreshing, no-cook raw soup! This creamy raw beet soup from my Clean Eating Cleanse program is a delicious paean to this humble but versatile root vegetable. While the combination of ingredients may seem unusual, the end result is visually gorgeous (a vibrant red hue), texturally pleasing (creamy and luscious with an unexpected crunch) and delectably fresh-tasting. Best of all, it takes just minutes to whip up.

Creamy Raw Beet Soup
2 servings

1 whole avocado, peeled, and added to the blender or food processor
1/2 medium beet, peeled (use a peeler) and chopped
2 carrots, ends trimmed and roughly chopped
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar (like Bragg’s or Eden)
Pinch cayenne
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (I like Celtic sea salt)
1 cup of water or 100% coconut water (NOT flavored coconut water)
Juice of 1 lemon
Raw pumpkin seeds for garnish
Freshly ground pepper, to taste (optional)

Place all ingredients in a food processor, high-speed blender, or Nutribullet and blend to a smooth and creamy texture.

Garnish with raw pumpkin seeds.