Creamy Avocado Cucumber Soup, and…

Elegant and easy, this cold soup has been a staple in our house all summer long. Such a staple that I whirr it up in the blender at least every other week. We gobble it up in no time flat, and then want more and more. In fact, it’s been relegated to the status of something so simple and quick to make that it’s almost like making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich…almost.

But it really deserves a bit more attention than it’s gotten thus far.Β I posted the base of this soup when I first started this blog, but since that time I’ve made it so often that I could make it in my sleep! And I think I’ve perfected it now.

Cool and creamy, fresh tasting and rich…and dare I say it? Yep, it’s healthy, too. A perfect accompaniment to just about anything, and I know this because we’ve paired this soup with sandwiches, fresh tomato salads (yum), coucous and other grain salads, entrees, grilled foods, fruit salads, appetizers…you name it. But it’s also terrific just by itself for a light lunch on a hot day. It would make an elegant and impressive first course to any dinner party, too, which is something I need to remember for my next one. Give this recipe a shot and I think you’ll find that it becomes a favorite and a staple in your home, too.

And hey all you cooks and food fans out there, guess what? Julia Child’s 100th birthday would have been next Wednesday, August 15, and all over the world folks are paying tribute this week to the icon that was and is Julia. To celebrate and just for fun, I’m issuing an invitation/challenge on my Facebook page to choose and cook one of her dishes during the week leading up to her birthday, in particular a recipe from herΒ “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” cookbook. Once you have your dish made and plated, take a picture and post it on your own Facebook or blog page as a happy birthday salute, then share it as a friend on the Bits and Breadcrumbs Facebook page. It’ll be fun to see what everyone chooses to make and how it comes out, and a lovely way to honor one of the greatest cooks of our time, and a hero of mine.

You can “like” Bits and Breadcrumbs on Facebook by clicking the Like button next to the Facebook Like box on the Home page of this blog, or you can follow this link and like it here. I’ll be posting a dish or two myself, of course, so stay tuned for the next post and the first of my “Salute to Julia” dishes, and I hope you’ll join me in the fun!

In the words of the Grande Dame herself, Bon AppΓ©tit!

Worthy of a special occasion…like dinner!

Creamy Avocado Cucumber Soup
Makes 6 servings
(Note: This is NOT Julia Child’s recipe, this one is mine! Sorry for any confusion.)

I usually just prep each item and throw it in the blender as I go…see? Easy!

1 large English cucumber or 2 medium-sized regular cucumbers, peeled and seeds scraped out, then cut into large chunks
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, rough chopped
1 Haas avocado, pitted and peeled
2 large cloves of fresh garlic, peeled
1 medium sweet onion such as Vidalia, peeled and rough chopped
Juice of one juicy lemon, or about 3 good tablespoons of lemon juice
1 cup chicken stock, homemade or purchased low sodium
1 cup low fat buttermilk
1 cup plain Greek yogurt, I use 2%, but you can use whole
5 to 6 drops of hot pepper sauce, such as habanero or tabasco
1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Put all ingredients into a blender, put the top on and pulse to chop the ingredients, then puree until you have a smooth and creamy soup. Taste for seasoning, and add more black pepper or more lemon juice if desired. Transfer to a bowl or jars and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour. Serve plain or with a small dollop of plain yogurt and garnish with mint leaves. Keeps well in the fridge for 3 days if you don’t eat it all right away!

For a tasty and even healthier variation, you can add 1-2 cups of fresh whole baby spinach leaves and about 1/3 cup more chicken stock or buttermilk. Green and good!

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40 thoughts on “Creamy Avocado Cucumber Soup, and…

  1. I love avocados and have one on my counter right now. Everyone is posting avocado soup recipes and I’ve never had one. I think I should change that as soon as possible. I like the idea of adding cucumber and mint…sounds great.

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    • Hi Karen, thanks for your comment, and yes you should try avocado soup. I like it a lot with the cucumber and other ingredients because it is rich, but not too rich and you still get all the creaminess but a very cool and refreshing taste and texture. I hope you’ll try it! πŸ™‚

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  2. I just gave you a like Betsy. Great to have another way of keeping in contact with you. What a beautiful looking chilled soup. I can imagine how refreshing this must be on hot, humid days xx

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    • Thank you, Charlie Louie! It is great to have the back up. Sometimes I don’t get emails letting me know people I follow have posts, but when I like them on Facebook I can see if I’ve missed anything…that’s how I got to see Archie sing! πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks Maureen. Actually you reminded me that this post may have been confusing for some…this recipe is mine and I probably should have waited until my next post to issue the challenge when the recipe is hers! This is what happens when you’re tired, LOL. I’ve made a note about that and updated the post. πŸ™‚

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  3. I adore chilled avocado soup, and your variation sounds incredible, Betsy. What a wonderful addition to a dinner party.
    I love your idea about Julia, I am going to grab my Baking with Julia Cookbook and make something this weekend! Such fun is this going to be!

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    • Oh yay! Thanks for taking up the invite/challenge, Eva! Can’t wait to see what you make. I’ll be posting my first recipe of hers in a bit. If you’re on Facebook, come share with me on my page…I’m hoping to see a collection of dishes…maybe! Anyway, I’m having fun. πŸ™‚

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  4. Betsy, love this soup recipe! I just had an avocado and leek soup on the islands but the addition of cucumber and mint sound divine! I’m making this recipe this weekend, it’ll be a hot one and this will be perfect. Thanks!

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  5. This is one soup I’ve never tried. I must admit, though, Betsy, your description makes me want to get to a market and start selecting the ingredients. It really does sound delicious and maybe it’s because of the mint green color but it sure does look refreshing, too.

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  8. I have never tried an avocado soup before but your description is making me hungry!
    I already like you on facebook and love the idea of the tribute, we made a couple of her recipes for daring cooks and bakers challenges, I hope I can make something in time to participate in the event

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    • I know, it seems like you have so much time to work a recipe of hers into you repertoire in the next few days, but then time gets away from us. I just found out about her birthday the day I made this post. Wish I’d been able to challenge sooner! πŸ™‚

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  9. Hi Betsy – I personally wouldn’t want to add any cognac or sherry to the soup, as Norma suggested. Sherry goes amazingly in chicken soup, but I think I’d find it too much in a cold soup. I’m not a big fan of booze anyway, so just as it is with plenty of lemon juice would be perfect! It sounds lovely!

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    • Hi Charles, I agree with you. This soup is pretty strongly flavored on it’s own with the raw fruit and vegetables, and I don’t think you could taste the booze if you put it in there, nor do I think it needs it, personally which is why I suggested making it without first and then testing a tiny bit in a serving by comparison. But to each their own, and thank you! πŸ™‚

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