chilled cucumber soup
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Chilled Cucumber-Spinach Soup with Microgreens, Chive Blossoms, and Croutons

Refreshing, juicy cucumbers take the starring role in this chilled soup, perfect for a hot summer’s lunch al fresco.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chilled Cucumber Soup
Servings: 4
Calories: 290kcal
Author: Sarah Blackburn

Ingredients

  • 6 small thin-skinned cucumbers
  • 1 lemon or lime—your choice!
  • 1 shallot
  • ½ jalapeño chile optional
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach leaves
  • cups whole-milk Greek yogurt divided
  • ¼ cup mint leaves
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • ½ cup basil leaves
  • ½ cup dill fronds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil plus 2 tablespoons
  • 2 slices country-style bread
  • 1 small bunch chives or 2 scallions for garnish
  • Herb fronds for garnish
  • 1 cup edible flowers or chive blossoms for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice for garnish

Instructions

  • Prep the ingredients for blending: Slice off the little stem end of each cucumber and coarsely chop them. Juice the lemon or lime; measure out 2 tablespoons and set aside for later. Peel and chop the shallot. Seed and dice the optional jalapeño. Mince the chives or scallions for garnish.
  • In a high-speed blender combine the cucumbers, lemon juice, shallot, jalapeño (if using), spinach, 1 cup of the yogurt, herbs, salt, pepper, and ¼ cup of the olive oil and blend until smooth, then chill until very cold, at least 30 minutes to an hour.
  • While the soup chills, toast the two slices of bread, then cut them into ½-inch cubes. Fry in a skillet tossed with 2 tablespoons olive oil until browned and crispy; transfer to a kitchen towel to drain and set aside.
  • Stir together the remaining Greek yogurt and lemon juice to thin it out (adding a tablespoon of water if needed; it should be the consistency of thick heavy cream).
  • Serve the chilled soup in shallow bowls garnished with croutons, minced chives or scallions, herbs, edible flowers, a drizzle of thinned yogurt, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Nutrition

Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 705mg | Potassium: 959mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2245IU | Vitamin C: 38.3mg | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 2.8mg