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June 15, 2011

Recipe for chilled cucumber and avocado soup


Do you remember the color of your elementary school's walls? I do. It was green, almost exactly the shade of this chilled cucumber and avocado soup. Of course, on the school walls, little handprints, pencil marks, and time hid the glorious color. Not so here. All of the elements work in harmony; the rich avocado balances the tart buttermilk and yogurt, and the cucumber lightens the mix while the fresh dill (yes, from my garden!) gives it sass. You can use other herbs (mint, lemon thyme, tarragon) instead of dill. Substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth to make a vegetarian version.

Chilled cucumber and avocado soup

Serves 4.


1 avocado
1/3 of a large English (seedless) cucumber, cut into chunks
1 cup buttermilk
3 Tbsp Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 hard boiled egg, peeled and quartered
2 Tbsp fresh dill weed
1 Tbsp chives
Kosher salt and fresh black pepper, to taste


Place avocado and cucumber in a food processor, and pulse a few times to mince. Add remaining ingredients, and process for 30-45 seconds until the soup is smooth. If the soup is too thick, add more broth to achieve the consistency you like.

Chill for at least one hour, or up to one day. Serve very cold, garnished with additional chopped cucumber and chives.

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Posted by: Susie Bee on Maui | June 16, 2011 at 02:47 PM

That sounds perfect for a hot day!

Posted by: susan g | June 16, 2011 at 09:11 PM

Actually, sounds perfect for more than soup, too.

Posted by: CJ McD | June 16, 2011 at 10:48 PM

@susan g- Oh yes. I can imagine this with grilled fish too.


Posted by: Lydia | June 17, 2011 at 08:34 AM

Susie Bee, it's such a refreshing soup, not too heavy but still substantial.

Susan, CJ: A bit thicker and it could be a great vegetable dip, too.

Posted by: Meebo | July 18, 2011 at 02:36 PM

What a great summer recipe!

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