How do you revive seven people hungry and aching from walking for five avenue blocks during a thunderstorm and then studying Frank Lloyd Wright designs while hiking up the overpopulated Guggenheim trail? You serve them the fastest and most refreshing food imaginable. That’s right, chilled cucumber soup! I used to make cucumber soup with buttermilk instead of yogurt. While I never added lemon nor pureed it, I think I prefer this version of a chilled cucumber soup far more. Although Ina Garten’s original recipe called for this to be completely pureed, I was in the mood for something with a bit more bite in it, so while I processed the mixture, I stopped short of a completely smooth texture. It’s not ingenious to add lemon to soups to really brighten the flavor; I do this with borscht and even an Indian split pea dal, but it really enlivens this particular soup. The fresh lemon juice takes this soup from regular to special. This soup pairs nicely with a Vouvray or a Riesling. —NakedBeet
Fage or similar Greek yoghurt
extra large seedless (or persian) cucumber, unpeeled and chopped
scallions, white and green parts, chopped
red onion, chopped
1 tsp kosher salt
freshly ground pepper
freshly chopped dill
lemon, juice of
large shrimp (or 2 per bowl)
lemon wedges and fresh chopped dill for garnish
In This Recipe
In a large bowl, combine yogurt, both milks, cucumbers, red onion, scallions, salt and pepper. Using a hand held blender, process until the cucumbers have broken up into a grainy mixture.
Add the chopped dill, lemon juice, and more salt if needed. Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1/2 hour.
Before serving, drizzle more fresh lemon juice, place 2 large shrimp and dress with fresh dill.