Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup with Mango Salsa

August 21, 2013

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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


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


  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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Reviews (22) Questions (0)

22 Reviews

Wauzo September 3, 2016
I love the ingredients but end product is too blah. Alas.
Martha August 15, 2016
How is this recipe 4 servings?? For Thumbelina maybe - not for humans.
jaime J. August 3, 2016
This was a bust for me. It was boring and just...odd. I tried blending in some cilantro and a little cayenne but still blah. Kind of like soupy guacamole. Looks beautiful but unfortunately we don't even like it enough to finish the batch.
Jeremy L. March 13, 2016
I added 1/2 of cilantro the soup before blending which everybody liked.
Chef D. November 12, 2015
sounds like a great soup, I love all those ingredients separately so why not as a soup
Brenda N. August 16, 2015
I made this last night, and unfortunately, this wasn't a winner for us. I even attempted to add another avocado and some spices/herbs to make it work. But in the end, we just didn't like the taste of it.
lloreen August 11, 2015
I've been making this all summer now since my cucumber crop is insane. I also tried adding a tub of soft tofu. It makes it even more creamy and becomes a complete summer lunch! I also throw in a handful of mint and basil. It's a new favorite.
Jennifer July 30, 2015
Avocado soup is one of my favorites. Doubled the avocado count and made this last night. It's a good variation from my usual recipe which has a chicken or vegetable broth base, garlic, and buttermilk. This one is lighter - nice change.
Skiingstella July 28, 2015
I love how simple but flavorful this concept was. I'll definitely serve again for guests as a starter.
lloreen July 20, 2015
I have a bumper crop of cucumbers this year and I have been trying different cucumber soups. This is my favorite by far! I added a little cayenne pepper to give it a subtle bite. Delicious - I'm making it again!
girlwithaknife May 10, 2015
Just wow. So much flavor for so little time. Love it when each ingredient brings something to the party.
Laney P. August 12, 2014
The perfect thing I was looking for...have all the ingredients in my fridge!! Thanks and happy summer!
Alexis S. July 30, 2014
Can one freeze the soup?
Della T. July 11, 2014
The perfect hot weather dish. So fresh. Added a splash of mango white balsamic into the salsa.
Lkw1080 July 8, 2014
Delicious! It was perfect for a steamy summer night! Thanks Gena!!
Carol July 7, 2014
Have been looking for a good summer cucumber soup recipe. This is perfect!
NutriMom July 6, 2014
would this turn brown if made ahead of time and taken to a potluck?
Jennifer July 9, 2014
I made the soup yesterday and put it in the fridge because I didn't have time to make the salsa. Took it out tonight and it was still pleasingly green and delicious!
Carol J. September 6, 2013
I love the sound of this and avocados and cucumbers are starting to appear at my green grocers again here in New Zealand.
gideon B. August 23, 2013
thanks....going to give it a whirl this weekend
creamtea August 22, 2013
I will be trying this! Thanks, Gena!
Author Comment
Gena H. August 22, 2013
You are welcome!