I am on a quest. A quest to replicate the raw broccoli (a.k.a. The Nectar of the Gods) soup from Omar’s Rawtopia located in the Sugarhouse neighborhood of Salt Lake City. It’s thick and creamy and nutty and very un-raw-broccoli-like. After one sip even ol’ #41 (George Bush, Sr.) would fall to his knees in adoration of the mighty green Brassica oleracea after one sip of this soup. Omar tops his with his tantalizing seed cheese (another recipe onto which I’d like to get my raw amateur mitts) and a delicious slice of “bread.”
My search began – as many a search has – with a quick stroll through Google, which yielded many results; none of which even hinted at coming directly from the kitchen of Rawtopia. Perhaps employees sign a Confidentiality Agreement… Anyway, I started with a recipe I found at Food.com and messed with it ever so slightly. It’s delicious, no doubt about it, but it’s not It yet. So the search continues. In the meantime, it will take dedicated and prolonged taste-testing at Omar’s to suss out his secrets. Someone’s got to do it.
Raw Broccoli Soup
- Prep Time: 180
- Total Time: 190
Inspired by the innovative raw restaurant in SLC, Rawtopia, I created this raw broccoli soup to satisfy my cravings here at home. Cuz 1,300 miles is just a tad far to drive for lunch…
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for a few hours
- 3 cups water
- 1 tsp. agave nectar
- 2 cups broccoli, chopped into small pieces
- 1 avocado, cut into chunks
- 1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp. onion, chopped
- 1” nubbin of fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1/8 tsp. cumin
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
- dash black pepper
- dash red pepper flakes
- sliced radishes, chopped red onion, sesame seeds and fresh cilantro, for topping (optional)
- Drain the cashews and add them to a high-powered blender along with the water and agave nectar. Process until smooth.
- Add the remaining ingredients (except for those used as the garnish) and process until smooth and creamy. Divide among four bowls, top with the cilantro, red onion and radishes and serve immediately. Best eaten the same day it’s made.
- Serving Size: 4
- Calories: 343
- Sugar: 5
- Sodium: 330
- Fat: 26
- Saturated Fat: 5
- Unsaturated Fat: 20
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 24
- Protein: 9
- Cholesterol: 0
Oooh, this sounds yummy, and right in my wheelhouse now. I’m going to give this a whirl after I get my new Vitamix–The Husband has approved purchase! Woo hoo! Thanks for another recipe for the new appliance! And Happy Labor Day Weekend to you!
Super cool! I love the idea of raw food.
Wow does his sound good. And blender soup makes my busy little self very happy. Thanks for sharing your quest with us!
Looks so tasty! I have yet to make raw soup! It scares me after a truly awful one I had once. Must get over it, because this looks delicious!
I can totally see how raw soup can go terribly wrong. I was kind of afraid to taste it! Thankfully it worked, but it’s still not Omar’s, darn it!
It looks so creamy! I love the radishes on the top, what a lovely touch.
I just love the color of it, too.
I had to read this one to see just what you were talking about! Raw broccoli and soup just couldn’t coexist in my brain until I read the details – now I want to try some 🙂
So true. Raw and broccoli. Ick! But it works!
Brave, brave Anne. A quest you may be on, but where is the slave who follows you, clapping empty coconut shells together, mimicking horse clopping as you travel? Beware of the Black Knight. ;0)
BTW, this recipe is super-dreamy! ♥
Haha! I LOVE it! Makes me want to fire up the movie now :-)!
Wow, just WOW! Cream (cashew) of broccoli is my favorite and raw sounds even more enticing. You’ll find the magic formula!
When I ran Ragnar Relay this summer, there was a Holy Grail team in a big van, they followed me for 9 stinking miles down a mountain clapping their coconuts together out the window of the van and shouting out Monty Python quotes. It was funny for the first mile or so, but after that I had to resist the urge to start hurling rocks at them!
Oh no. That’s just not right.
Wow this looks fantastic! I love raw food soups – a straight shot of health and at the same time so tasty! I think I know what’s for lunch 😉
So simple! I love it. Need cashews and then I’m trying it.
My guess is you’ll come up with a key ingredient that puts it over the top.
Wahoo! A new way to use garden broccoli! Thank you!
I know, right! Next – maybe raw zucchini soup ;-)??
That sounds incredible my friend – quite a worthy quest 😀
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Yum! I totally could relate. Every time I try something delicious at a restaurant, I’m on a mission to replicate it hehe.
Maybe try adding a touch of nutritional yeast? I find this always adds another flavour level, and goes brilliantly with broccoli. Wow, this soup sounds amazing, I would never have thought of a RAW broccoli soup… excited to hear about your experiments (I’ll let you do all the hard work, and make it once YOU have the recipe perfected!!)
Oh yeah, great idea! That might add that nuttiness I’m looking for. Thanks! I’ll keep trying!
Ohh this looks amazing. I love that it’s raw!! Great creation, I must make this!
Looks fabulous Annie! Your efforts are paying off, I’d love a bowl of this! 🙂
This looks pretty freaking tasty… and with my recent desire to be raw… this fits right in! Thanks for the post, I will have to be trying this soon! : )
A divine raw broccoli & cashew soup recipe & beautifully presented too! 🙂
MMMMMMMMMM,…A vitamix recipe too! I love it! xxx
That’s quite a pretty soup you got there! I’m in love with cashews, in any way, shape, or form. This looks like a great recipe to add to a raw diet. Totally not intimidating and very much delicious!
Cashews have become kind of the miracle ingredient for me lately.
It was SO delicious!!! I added some lime juice too.
Thank you XX
looks so good! 🙂
I wish you lived closer! I’d be over at your house all the time!
Oh my yumminess. I’m making this tomorrow, already have the ingredients at the ready. You are awesome.
Nice! Hope you liked it!!
You say it’s not quite Omar’s yet… that means you get to try again! I love trying to replicate favorite dishes!
I will keep trying – after a few more bowls of soup at Omar’s! Hey Terri! I’ve missed you!
I’ve missed you too girl! It’s good to have time to blog and read about good vegan food again!
And the Potluck is coming up, Terri…Your attendance is required!