July 15, 2010


Summertime is a time for soups. No, really it is. Chilled soups are a great option for summer but a) who the hell wants to cook when you can just chop and blend and b) they're the perfect light meal for any hot, sticky evening.

This evening in particular, I had all the ingredients (well, most of them), necessary to make Martha Stewart's Avocado-Cucumber Soup. Of course, since Martha's soup included shrimp (to which I am allergic), I made a few adaptations, but look at the outcome:
I think it was well worth it, don't you?

Dom's Avocado Cucumber Soup (serves 2)
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
- 3/4 of an English cucumber
- 1 ripe avocado, pitted and coarsely chopped
- 2 1/2 Tbsp lime juice (this is a lot but I REALLY like lime)
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1 green onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup ice water
- 1/4 tsp - salt
- pepper, to taste
- 2 Tbsp - corn kernels (optional, for garnish)

  1. Divide the cucumber in thirds and coarsely chop two-thirds. Finely dice the remaining third and set aside.
  2. Combine coarsely chopped cucumber, avocado, yogurt, lime juice, green onion, ice water, salt and pepper in your blender or food processor of choice. (Note: I chose the Magic Bullet. It's also the only blender/food processor I have.)
  3. Taste. Season some more if necessary.
  4. To serve: Ladle soup into two separate bowls. Sprinkle corn kernels and reserved diced cucumber on top. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, if desired and crack over some fresh pepper.
Now go make it and enjoy!


roxy said...

mmm. yum, this looks amazing. I love avocados


RudePrincess said...

I have been meaning to try a chilled soup. But I haven't yet. I'm kind of a sucky wuss when it comes to trying them I think. I do enjoy hot soups in the summertime so maybe that's why I haven't ventured into the chilled ones. But I have some recipes that I am thinking of trying. So I will let you know if I ever get to them. Yours of course looks amazing. I might have to try it, although avocado is a bit of a bad fruit on WW. But a healthy bad one if that makes sense!

Dominique said...

Avocados are high in fat but it's healthy fat. There's a "recipe" for a face mask that uses avocados but I can never remember what it is. I know there's also one for plain yogurt. I think I may have tried it once...it might have also involved oatmeal.

This soup was really amazing. It was also awesome the next day for lunch. I'm a fan of anything cold in this damn non-air conditioned house. You know me...I'm all about the cold. Bring on winter!!