Chilled Scandinavian-Style Fruit Soup

Traditional Scandinavian fruit soup uses dried fruits, which thicken and develop flavor as they simmer with a cinnamon stick. This version—which is more reminiscent of a compote than a real soup—is contains two powerful antioxidants: dried tart cherries and pomegranate juice. In addition, the whole oranges contain bioflavonoids (an anti-inflammatory), while tapioca adds carbs.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • ½ cup chopped dried apricots
  • ½ cup dried tart cherries
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • ¾ cup pomegranate juice
  • ¾ cup apple juice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tbsp quick-cooking tapioca
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • ½ apple, peeled, cored, sliced and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 thin, round orange slices (including peel), cut into quarters
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preparation

  1. Combine apricots, cherries, raisins, cinnamon stick, pomegranate juice, apple juice and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, and then lower the heat. Simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered.
  2. Mix in tapioca, salt, sugar, apple slices and orange slices. Simmer for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, cover and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
  3. Transfer into a bowl, cover, and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  4. To serve, remove cinnamon stick and stir in lemon juice to brighten the flavors. Add a little more water as needed to thin the soup.

VARIATION: Substitute some of the dried fruits with dried apples, dried cranberries, or prunes.

GARNISHES: Orange zest, chopped fresh dill or chopped fresh mint.

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Written by Camille Bennett

Camille Bennett is our nutrition expert interested in fitness diet and doesn’t run out of delicious ideas for healthy and nutritional meals.

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