I challenge you to find a simpler recipe than this cucumber soup! With a beautiful summery weather spending long hours in the kitchen is not my idea of a good time. I’d rather spend it out enjoying the sun, hiking, cycling, doing yoga or just reading a good book. At the same time, I refuse to lower my food standards just because I don’t want to spend too much time cooking.
And this is precisely the type of recipe that is quick, seasonal, healthy and super delicious! Just perfect for warm weather. As a bonus, it is also light on calories, so you don’t need to feel guilty having a dessert after!
I always like to decorate my food, but this is, of course, not required. If you don’t feel like playing around with balling avocado, slicing cucumber super thinly or organizing edible flowers neatly, this is absolutely fine, but I still recommend to cube up some cucumber for some texture.
Otherwise, the whole meal reminds me of a smoothie instead of a soup. I do enjoy a nice smoothie too, but smoothie for me is rather a snack and soup is more like a full meal. And I like to have chewing as a part of a meal.
I guess you actually could call this a savory smoothie bowl instead of a soup, at least to attract your kids to try this too.
5-Minute Cooling Cucumber Soup
Cooking time: 5 minutes
30 oz fresh cucumbers
2 small ripe avocados
1 green onion
Whatever you like for garnish (peas, coriander, more onion, avocado, cucumber, edible flowers…)
If you wish to make your soup look good, start with the decorations. This way you can use up all the leftover uneven pieces in the soup and don’t need to waste anything. For example, you can use the peeling knife to cut long thin slices from cucumber and melon baller for avocado, spring onion looks good in thin little rounds. Or go crazy and make exactly the shapes you like. Or save your time and skip the decorations altogether – the soup will be tasty anyway!
Cut all the ingredients, squeeze the juice out of lime and throw everything to a blender. Blend on high speed until you have a very smooth consistency.
Have a try and season to taste.
To serve, pour the soup to the bowls and decorate however you wish.
By Kadri Raig
Kadri is a food blogger and yoga teacher from Estonia. She loves healthy food and cooking and for her, these two are often the same thing. Cooking meals from scratch, you know exactly what goes in it and even without holding back with sugar or fat we end up using a lot less compared to ready-made frozen stuff from the supermarket.
She does love to spend time in the kitchen, but most of her recipes are simple and don’t take more than 20 minutes of active cooking time. She thinks that everybody can find time to cook healthy food at home, it is just a question of planning. "I work in an office full time, teach yoga 7-8 hours a week and write a blog. So if I manage to cook most of my meals, then so do you!"
Connect with Kadri and enjoy many more of her delicious healthy recipes on her website here: http://www.kahvliga.ee/.
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