Chilled soups are perfect for summer! And if you like cucumbers, you’ll want to try this one! It has Greek yogurt, green onions, fresh dill, and parsley in it. Some lemon juice and salt give the flavor a little punch and I also added some garlic powder to the original recipe. The croutons on top are a nice touch, too! It’s a great summery soup to serve for a light lunch or dinner.
CHILLED CUCUMBER SOUP by NancyC, slightly adapted from Country Living
Makes 6 servings, 135 calories each
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 2 English cucumbers, peeled, diced, and divided (divide amount in half to add in recipe at different times)
- 4 green onions, sliced and divided (divide amount in half to add in recipe at different times)
- 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 4 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or a little more, to taste
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
- a bag of your favorite croutons
- more chopped fresh dill for garnish
In a large bowl, combine yogurt and vegetable broth, blending well; set aside.
In a food processor, puree 1 peeled, diced English cucumber, 2 sliced green onions, chopped fresh dill, and chopped fresh parsley. Add this cucumber mixture, along with the lemon juice and salt, to the yogurt mixture in the large bowl; whisk to combine. (Note: if you do not have a food processor, you can put the above ingredients in a blender and puree them all together–your blender will be pretty full, so you may want to blend it in 2 batches; after blending, pour mixture back into your large bowl).
Stir in the other peeled, diced English cucumber and the other 2 diced sliced green onions, mixing well to evenly distribute ingredients. Refrigerate for 1 hour, then serve in bowls and garnish with chopped fresh dill and croutons.
Light summer meals like this are perfect for those really hot days. You can use regular cucumbers in this recipe, too, if you’re growing them in your garden–it would be a great way to use them! I would think maybe 4-6 small or 3-4 medium cukes would be equivalent to 2 English cucumbers–that’s just an estimate!
What types of lighter foods do you like to eat during the summer?