Sesame-Avocado Soup

Cold soup is the perfect foil for summer. This one includes a surprise addition of cumin and vanilla.

Avocado Soup
Total Time:
30 mins
4 cups


  • 1 small jalapeno chile pepper

  • 2 medium avocados, halved, pitted, peeled, and chopped

  • 2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 3 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 recipe Sesame Spice Mix

Sesame Spice Mix

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place jalapeno on baking sheet. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes or until skin is charred, turning occasionally. Wrap in the foil and let stand 10 minutes. Stem, peel, and seed the jalapeno. Place in a blender with avocados, broth, vinegar, cumin, and vanilla (if using); cover and blend until smooth. Transfer to serving bowl. Serve at room temperature or cover and chill up to 24 hours. Sprinkle with Spice Mix.

Sesame Spice Mix

  1. In small skillet toast sesame seeds, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds over medium heat for 2 minutes. Remove; cool. Coarsely crush seeds; combine with crushed red pepper and coarsely ground black pepper. Store, covered, at room temperature up to 1 month.


Chile peppers contain oils that can irritate your skin and eyes. Wear rubber gloves when working with them.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

101 Calories
7g Fat
8g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 101
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 189mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 6.1mg 31%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 0.8mg 4%
Potassium 310mg 7%
Folate, total 43.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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