Thursday, June 24, 2010

Chilled Avocado Soup

It's funny the things you remember about your grandparents.  Every summer, my grandpa (or Pappo, as I called him) kept a glass bowl of this cucumber concoction in the fridge.  The concoction consisted of sliced cucumbers, sliced white onions, white vinegar, buttermilk, salt, and pepper.  As a child, I wouldn't go near it.  It just looked weird to me (not to mention it had raw onions in it, which I absolutely wouldn't touch as a kid).  As I've gotten older, though, I've found I sometimes expect to just magically find this concoction sitting on my refrigerator shelf when I open the door.  I'm not sure why; maybe it's Pappo's way of sticking around.

This easy chilled soup brings those flavors back and is every bit as easy and refreshing as that cucumber salad was to my Pappo.  The recipe doesn't yield a large batch, but trust me when I say it does serve two.  You won't need a huge bowl of the tangy mixture to satisfy your craving for a healthy and cool summery treat.  It might even satisfy your craving for a summer memory...

chilled avocado soup
Chilled Avocado Soup
from "Martha Stewart Living", August 2009

1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks
1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted
1/2 c. low-fat buttermilk
1 small garlic clove
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste

1.  Place all ingredients except salt and pepper in a blender or food processor.  Taste and season with salt and pepper.  Thin with water, if desired.

2.  Refrigerate for at least one hour.  Serve with diced cucumber or lemon curls as a garnish, if you wish.


Kelsey said...

mmm this looks really refreshing! it reminds me of chilled cucumber soup..i would add a little avocado to it looked quite similar. VERY TASTY!

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Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama said...

Very tasty! I hated onions when I was younger, too. Now I can't get enough them!

Lexie said...

I love this story. I miss Pappo and his cucumbers, too. Every summer, I make some in his honor because it wouldn't be summer without some of Pappo's cucumber concoction.

Morgan said...

Looks delicious! I need to try this recipe one night soon. I adore avocados.

Mary said...

This is a really lovely soup. This is my first visit to your site. I love your recipes and will be back as often as time permits. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Amy of Sing For Your Supper said...

I'll take avocados any way I can get them! This looks so delicious and refreshing!!

Mary said...

I'm just jumping back in to thank you for your visit to my blog. I hope we'll see you often. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary