Summer days are here, which means hot humid Chicago weather, trips to the pool with the kids – and watercress soup! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love watercress for its delicious flavor, awesome color, and last but not least nutritional benefits. Watercress is such an amazing nutrient-packed green, but it’s so underrated it makes me sad. Ever since starting this blog I’ve been on a mission to make watercress more popular (check out my posts here, here and here), and my mission’s still going strong. Proof: I’m posting this watercress soup, one of our family’s all-time favorite summer treats 😉
Watercress soup is a work of wonder which requires very little preparation. Getting your watercress fresh and vibrant green from the grocery stores is perhaps the most important step, since it is within its greenness that the nutritional benefits lie. In Chicagoland, you can find watercress at select specialized grocery stores – always worth making a quick phone call to the store of your choice to avoid a wasted trip. I found the bunch of watercress pictured below at Rich’s Fresh Market:
The recipe is straightforward, and the number of ingredients is kept to a minimum. I use potatoes to give the soup body and heavy cream for rich buttery flavor. You’ll also need a good blender to make this soup – I use my long tried and trusted Vitamix, which never fails to deliver silky smooth texture:
This soup preserves the nutritious properties of watercress (this is why watercress is added to the stock towards the end of cooking) as well as its gorgeous peppery taste and color. You can serve it with croutons for texture or finely chopped cucumber/shredded radish for color – or you can have both!
And here it is: watercress soup in all its glory. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do 🙂