This citrusy, vitamin-packed Orange Carrot Soup brightens up the gloomiest winter days. The easy topping of pistachio, sesame, and coriander leaves adds crunch and color!
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When wooden clementine crates arrive at my local market, I know two things are right around the corner: winter and citrus season! In my mind, both go hand in hand, in more ways than one. Citrus fruits have long been my secret weapon against winter blues; the coldest, darkest day is no match for the uplifting power of citrus fruits. Feeling down or sleepy? Just peel a clementine and feel your senses instantly wake up to the tiny fruit’s incredible aroma filling the room.
We go through countless clementine crates over the cold season not only because we eat them as a snack every day but also because I just love to cook and bake with them. I find that clementines translate really well in prepared dishes because their flavor and aroma are so concentrated and powerful. I love to use them in sweet things, such as cookies, cupcakes, French macarons, and sweet condiments, but lately, I’ve been using them in savory dishes more and more. Clementines are a great substitute for classic oranges: I find they add more aroma and complexity to dishes, both sweet and savory.
Of course, you can make this bright Orange Carrot Soup even if you can’t get your hands on clementines—oranges are in the recipe title, after all! This super creamy, dairy-free Orange Carrot Soup uses tons of carrots to provide you with a wintertime vitamin boost, oranges (or clementines!) for a bright flavor uplift, and tahini for a nutty, rich creaminess. I think soups are always more interesting with toppings, so I like to serve this soup sprinkled with pistachios, sesame seeds to echo the flavor of the tahini, and some fresh coriander leaves. You can of course forgo the garnishes, or quite simply use whichever fresh herbs and crunchy things you have on hand.
This Orange Carrot Soup freezes really well so you might as well make a double or triple batch and enjoy it all through the cold season!
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