Chilled Green Soup with Spicy Cilantro + Lime Shrimp

Category, DifficultyIntermediateYields4 Servings
Prep Time20 minsCook Time5 minsTotal Time25 mins

This chilled green soup is nutrition-packed and tastes great topped with spicy shrimp with lots of cilantro.

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For Soup
 1 apple, deseeded and quartered
 4 ribs celery, roughly chopped
 1 cup fresh sunflower sprouts
 ½ avocado
 4 cups baby greens (spinach, kale, chard etc.)
 ¼ cup fresh cilantro
 juice of 2 limes
 3 cups cold water
 sea salt & pepper to taste
For Shrimp
 1 tbsp olive oil
 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
 1 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined
 ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
 juice of 1 lime
 sea salt + pepper
For Garnish
 avocado, thinly sliced
 cilantro leaves



For Soup: Add all soup ingredients into a Vitamix or other high powered blender.  (If you don't have a Vitamix, you may want to chop ingredients smaller to help your blender out!)  Blend all ingredients until smooth.  Place soup mixture in refrigerator to chill - you may want to chill for at least 1/2 hour before cooking shrimp or make ahead.

For Shrimp: Add olive oil to a skillet and add jalapeno pepper.  After about 1 minute, add shrimp and cook until they turn pink.  Add fresh cilantro and lime juice, salt and pepper to taste.

To Serve: Pour green soup into shallow bowl.  Place shrimp on top with avocado and cilantro to garnish.  Serve and enjoy!


3 Proteins, 1 1/2 Vegetables, 1/4 Fruit, 1 Fat


As many of you know, I sure love green food.
I also love recipes that are packed with nutrition, require minimal effort, and can be eaten multiple days in a row!
This recipe fulfills these requirements perfectly.
A special shout out to one of the star ingredients of this recipe: fresh sunflower sprouts.
Sunflower sprouts are an incredibly underused nutritional powerhouse.  Not only are they packed with great nutrients like zinc and B vitamins (especially folate), but they are also a uniquely great source of vegetarian protein and amino acids.
I like to think of their nutritional power in terms of their potential to grow into a great big sunflower plant.  All that they need to become big and strong (minus the sunlight and water, of course) is packed right into that little sprout. Wow!)
Shopping Tip: Sometimes sunflower sprouts can be hard to find in your local grocery store – I recommend trying Whole Foods first to save time searching for them and maybe even call ahead to see if they have them in stock.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 209
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g16%
Total Carbohydrate 15g5%
Dietary Fiber 6g24%
Sugars 5g
Protein 31g62%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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