A New Way To Get Your Daily Serving Of Fruit

This Scandinavian fruit soup is great as a post-run snack.

scandi soup

Want to add a surprisingly perfect snack to your post-run routine? Dip into an ice-cold bowl of soup. This refreshing recipe includes nutritious ingredients, like berries, so you can refuel with a spoon.

Traditional Scandinavian fruit soup starts with dried fruits, which thicken and develop flavor as they simmer with a cinnamon stick. This version—more of a compote than a true soup—is built from two powerful antioxidants: dried tart cherries and pomegranate juice. The whole oranges also contain bioflavonoids (an anti-inflammatory), while tapioca adds carbs. Enjoy hot if you like.

Serves 4

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

Place apricots, cherries, raisins, cinnamon stick, pomegranate juice, apple juice and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat. Simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered.

Stir in tapioca, salt, sugar, apple slices and orange slices. Simmer 15 minutes more, stirring occasionally.

Remove the pot from heat, cover and let cool for 30 minutes. Pour into a bowl, cover, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Just before serving, remove cinnamon stick and stir in lemon juice to brighten the flavors. Add a bit more water as needed to thin the soup.

VARIATION: Swap out some of the dried fruits with dried cranberries, dried apples or prunes.
GARNISHES: Orange zest, chopped fresh mint or chopped fresh dill.

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