Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup with Mango Salsa

August 21, 2013

Author Notes: This is one of my favorite cold soups for the summer. If cucumber's not your thing, you can prepare this soup with zucchini, tomato, celery, or a combination of all of those vegetables. Avocado is a perfect base for an easy soup like this, and it will give you a canvas that is endlessly adaptable.Gena Hamshaw

Serves: 4

Ingredients

Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup

  • 2 large cucumbers, peeled and cut into rough slices
  • 1 large Haas avocado, halved, pitted, and flesh scooped out
  • 2 scallions, green and white parts included, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons sea salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)

Mango Salsa

  • 1 cup Ataulfo mango, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup tomato, 1/2 inch dice
  • 1/2 cup shucked corn kernels (raw)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, loosely packed and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Blend all soup ingredients together in a blender till smooth, adding enough water to achieve a perfectly creamy texture (about a scant half cup, but use your judgment).
  2. Toss the salsa ingredients together in a small bowl.
  3. Transfer soup to four serving bowls. Top each with a half cup of the mango salsa, and serve.
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