Thursday, July 21, 2011

Chilled Cucumber-Avocado Soup

I made this soup for the first time last summer.  When my husband asked me how it was I said, quite truthfully, "It's so good I could swim in it."  True.  This is the chilled soups to end all chilled soups.  Decadent, one might say; with fresh cucumbers it is ambrosial! Cooling, delicious, what an excellent way to get your daily vegetables.  Try it!

Chilled Cucumber-Avocado Soup

1 large, ripe Haas avocado, peeled and pitted
1 large cucumber, unpeeled, and cut into large chunks
1-1/2 cups homemade chicken stock (canned, if you must)
4 scallions, diced
2-1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1/2 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt)
3 tablespoons salsa (homemade, if possible, jarred, if not)
1-1/4 teaspoons cumin (more or less to taste)
Pinch Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Place avocado and cucumber into a large capacity food processor fitted with a metal blade and process until smooth.  With machine running, gradually pour chicken stock through feeder tube.  Process until smooth.  Add scallions, citrus juices, sour cream or yogurt, salsa, and cumin; process until combined.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Chill for at least 2 hours (the longer the better).  To serve, ladle into small cups or stemmed glasses and top with your choice of salsa, salsa verde, or sour cream.

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Tracy's Living Cookbook said...

I never know how I feel about chilled soups..... have only had cucumber soup one time and it was just OK.... but according to you, I might want to swim in this.... :) I am sure the avocado helps make it rich and creamy. I better try again and take a new look at chilled soups. It certainly is hot enough for them. Keep cool!

The Fajdich Times said...

Oh yum....this sounds so good. Thanks for the recipe:)

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Love your soup Pattie. So fresh and summery. Cold soups are so refreshing.

Liberty said...

I love chilled soup - this one is sure to be a winner! can't wait to try it - might use a bit of sesame oil and some sambal olek instead of salsa for an asian flavor