Thursday, August 16, 2012

chilled cucumber, mint and avocado soup


If you're trying to eat "clean" this soup is about as clean as it gets. Cucumber, avocado, mint, lemon, a little red onion, lemon juice, water and Greek yogurt. It's cool, sophisticated, straight forward and makes you feel good about yourself. Everything you want in a friend, but in a soup.
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Chilled Cucumber Mint Avocado Soup

I used seedless Persian cucumbers, which are small and tender, but you can use any kind. If they're large, cut them down the center after peeling and use a teaspoon to scrape out the seeds.

2 lbs cucumber, peeled and chopped in to 2" sections
1 ripe avoacdo, flesh only
1/2 small red onion, chopped
1 jalepeƱo, seeded and deveined, coarsely chopped
2 small cloves garlic, peeled and minced
8 mint leaves
juice of 2 lemons
1.5 c plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp kosher or sea salt
1 c water

Place all ingredients in a food processor, Vita-mix or blender. Blend for 2 minutes or until very smooth. You may need to add more water to get the consistency you want, but go slowly, you don't want a watery soup. Taste and add more lemon juice or salt if it needs it. Chill in the fridge for a couple hours or overnight. Serve cold, finished with cracked pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.

Serves about 6