There's no reason to only use cucumbers raw--they are wonderful sautéed then pureed with avocado for a silken-textured soup that's good warm or cold. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2007

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 1 to 4 minutes. Add lemon juice and cook for 1 minute. Add 3 3/4 cups cucumber slices, broth, salt, pepper and cayenne; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and cook at a gentle simmer until the cucumbers are soft, 6 to 8 minutes.

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  • Transfer the soup to a blender. Add avocado and parsley; blend on low speed until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Pour into a serving bowl and stir in yogurt. Chop the remaining 1/4 cup cucumber slices. Serve the soup warm or refrigerate and serve it chilled. Just before serving, garnish with the chopped cucumber and more chopped parsley, if desired.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts

169 calories; 11.8 g total fat; 1.9 g saturated fat; 2 mg cholesterol; 494 mg sodium. 536 mg potassium; 13.6 g carbohydrates; 5.1 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 4.1 g protein; 879 IU vitamin a iu; 17 mg vitamin c; 71 mcg folate; 99 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 39 mg magnesium;

Reviews (44)

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44 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2019
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2017
Made by recipe and added bits of chicken Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2017
I made this according to the recipe. I used fresh lemon and it turned out great! I think it's really tasty and will definitely make it again! Thank you for this recipe! We have more cucumbers than we know what to do with! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/07/2017
Travlbug how did the canning work with this recipe???? Were they just overfilled??? I don't even like Cucumbers... BUT I LOVE THIS SOUP!!!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/12/2016
I have made this three times now with minor changes the second and third time. They were all very good and easy to make or adjust. We found that we prefer it without the yogurt. Froze some of the second batch for winter as the reviews said it freezes well. We had an over abundance of cukes this year and still have plenty of pickles left from last year. Being fairly new to canning and hoping to not take up all the freezer space I canned 5 quarts of soup out of the third batch. Here's my question. Has anyone tried to can this soup? Everything looked great and all the jars sealed. After the third day I was hearing a strange noise only to discover that all the jars were oozing green sludge! Does anyone know what I did wrong or is canning just not an option for this recipe? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2016
I REALLY liked this. Very easy to make I used low sodium chicken broth and didn't make any changes. I can see garnishing this with all sorts of things. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/04/2016
My least favorite cucumber soup. I followed the recipe precisely and found the result overly tart and thin in flavor. Edible but far from desirable. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/09/2016
This soup is so easy to make and so so delicious! Will definitely make it again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2015
Fantastic! A must try! Can't go wrong with this recipe! Left out yogurt & cyanine due to allergies. Topped with sliced roasted almonds. Served both warm & chilled. Slurry! Yummmm! Pros: Easy & great use of garden veggies & herbs. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2015
Delicious and handy I love this recipe. I have been using it for a few years now when I want to preserve cucumbers from my garden. The soup freezes well and gives you a nice taste of summer in the middle of the winter Pros: Tastes wonderful and freezes well Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2015
Delicious! I don't usually have yogurt but garnish with a pile of cheddar blue feta whatever cheese you have. I just add dill with the parsley. I always have all these things in my garden in the summer so a meal right out of the yard! Pros: easy to make uses lots of cucumbers a meal in itself Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2015
Delicious Delicious and really easy to make. I would recommended garnishing with sliced parmesan! Very refreshing. Pros: Great use for extra cucumber! Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2015
Healthy Filling and Addictive! My new favorite soup! I've made it 3 times this week and I'm completely in awe. I was looking for a soup to replace all the chicken soup I've been making and this fills the void. It is nutritious adaptable to change hearty and my new favorite soup. I would eat this for every meal if I could Pros: Easy to make Delicious A filling soup and very healthy Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2014
Household Favorite This has become a go-to dish out our house. It's nice and creamy and a great way to add veggies to a meal. One of my favorite versions is to replace the parsley with deal and serve it warm. Happy tummies all around! Pros: Easy healthy great for leftovers Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2014
Quick and easy! I thought I had posted a review of this before but I guess I didn't. I made this several times last summer because I loved it so much. It was quick and easy to make in the evening to pack for lunch for a few days. I always eat it cold but it's good warm too. I always top it with a little crumbled queso fresco too but it's just as good without it. While cheese adds some fat it also adds protein and makes the soup more filling too. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
09/17/2013
Mixed Reviews I enjoyed this recipe. I ate the soup hot and found I liked the clean fresh taste which was refreshing but filling. I used up left over cucumbers I had been growing this summer. However the husband didn't like it so mixed reviews in our house. Pros: easy simple and refreshing Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/16/2013
Have made this soup twice this summer! Passed the recipie on to friends who love it as well! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2013
Healthy and incredibly delicious soup This recipe is TERRIFIC; it's easy (if you like chopping). The only change I made was to add more garlic cayenne pepper and I added a little tiny bit more lemon juice. YUM! I hadn't even put in the yogurt yet and it was already good. I tried another taste of it with yogurt only to find that I liked it better without the yogurt. Great warm!!! Pros: Flavorful healthy hearty Cons: No cons other then upping the cayenne and garlic. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2013
Amazing Dinner Creation Our garden has over produced this year so we are looking for new and different ways to use cucumbers. This is a 5 star hit! Pros: Easy and fast to make Cons: Couldn't eat more Read More
Rating: 2 stars
08/06/2013
My husband and kids think it's too sour Maybe I'll try it without the lemon juice next time? More likely I'll just start with a different recipe. I thought it was OK but I'm not a picky eater. Nobody else liked it. Pros: Healthy fats a good way to use cucumbers in season. Cons: Too sour. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/09/2013
Fantastic Delicious. Didn't have parsley so used a little cilantro. It was thick but not too thick. Cayenne added just the right amount of kick. Pros: Healthy and flavorful Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/31/2013
It's good! The missing ingredient is chopped fresh coriander and more lemon to bring up the flavors. Needs a long time with the stick blender but worth it. Next time I'd add the garlic after sauteeing the onion (I used a large shallot because I love shallots). Pros: creamy delicious esp. cold Cons: needs a bit more seasoning Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2012
I had one left over did not want to wast but it wasn't good enough to eat raw besides it was cold outside! I used all the ideas and modified a bit because of the amounts I had on hand. I used a couple handsfuls of spring mix/baby spinach instead of parsley and omitted the pepper because I don't like pepper. And I used buttermilk instead of yogurt and poured that into the blender followed by the hot soup from the sauce pan including the greens that I added at the end cooked about 2 minutes. When I was done I had about 2 cups of warm soup which I heated until hot in the microwave. On this cold night it warmed me up and tasted sooo good. I will make it again! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
09/07/2012
Not Creamy Enough I've never had a cold soup before and thought I'd give this one a try. It seemed it was going well but I did think there was too much broth used and wondered if it would get thick enough. It didn't and by the time I stirred in the yogurt I was pretty sure it was way too thin. Chilling thickened it up a little bit but the texture was grainy and essentially what I would imagine cold vomit to be like. The avocado is a little overpowering in the end and reminiscent of runny guachomole. Unfortunately my house is full of picky eaters and if I can't stomach it I'm sure they won't either I feel bad that this will probably be thrown out. To be fair though I'm not sure if I just can't cook or the recipe is bad. Pros: Cheap and easy to make. Good flavors. Cons: Not thick enough. Too much salt. Unpalatable texture. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2012
One of my all time favs!!! I use ground red pepper and more lemon juice than called for and serve it very cold. The whole family loves this soup. I ecommend i to anyone who likes a great cold soup. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/23/2012
This is a really tasty soup. It NEEDS something though and i can't put my finger on it. I used Greek yougurt which made it very rich and creamy. It's refreshing - probably even more satisfying if eaten cold on a hot summer day. I'm not sure what else to give it though. Maybe more salt more cayenne. Maybe I'll try dill. I'd do it again whenever I figure out what is missing. Pros: Light Refreshing in Summer Cons: Missing something... Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/16/2012
No boring cucumber soup here! Only two things I adapted to our tastes- used more broth to thin the soup out a bit and used Chilula sauce instead of cayenne pepper. Loved this recipe! I would definitely make this soup again. Pros: Quick creamy healthy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2012
Excellent light & refreshing! Wonderful soup. I made it twice this weekend to use up cucumbers then put some in the freezer. I added a little more lemon juice and parsley than it called for - b/c that's what I like. I may end up adding a bit more broth when I warm it up next time. I enjoyed it luke-warm. Pros: Easy healthy light Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2012
Awesome Late Night Meal I made this late one night after work. It was easy quick and deliciously light. I will be making this again. Pros: Light creamy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2012
Wonderful recipe! This soup is surprisingly tasty. It has very nice layers of flavor and I love this bright green color and creamy appearance. Pros: Creamy. Flavourful. Delicous. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This soup is delicious cold or hot. It is creamy and very satisfaying. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This cucumber soup served cold is perfect for a hot summer day! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I really love this soup!! But next time I would use less yogurt as the taste takes over a bit. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My whole family liked this soup. My husband loved it cold. I like it hot. My one year old just plan liked it. He asked for more 3 times! My four year old ate it which is a great general endorsement. I also love the way it uses cucumbers! Because they're cooked I froze some and hope it'll be OK when I thaw it. If so I've found a great way to keep cucumber for the long Minnesota winter! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I thought it was delicious! I omitted the yogurt but it came out great anyway. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe is a keeper. It was great! I used leeks instead of the onion and I added a little bit of lemon zest at the end. VERY delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
It was very good except it is easy to but to much cayenne pepper Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My husband and I loved this soup. Needed just a bit more salt otherwise the recipe is perfect as it is. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Left out lemon juice and parsley because I didn't have it on hand. Still turned out great! Can't wait to try again with all the ingredients. Keeping this recipe forever! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I really loved this soup! Preparation took awhile (b/c I do not cook much & was a little slow). I had it hot and am looking forward to having it cold. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Very delicious and satisfying! As creamy as it is you wouldn't think it was healthy! I love having this for lunch or dinner with sandwiches. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/29/2011
horrible i don't know why but it turned out green and it tasted like barf. I'm sure i followed the directions right. I strongly advise that you hit the back button and try another recipe. Pros: nothing Cons: tasted horrible Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/29/2011
Not a hit I had an idea this would be a hit or miss recipe but gave it a shot due to all the great reviews. I have to say i'm not in love with it. It just doesn't taste all that great and mine looked like smooth guacamole. Pros: easy to make Cons: not very yummy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delish I was looking for a way to use up our abundance of garden cucumbers and was not disappointed. The use of avacado really worked and not only did I use parsely but threw in a handful of basil and mint. I have enjoyed it both warm and cold. If you like cucumber/yogurtery type things you'll love this! Pros: Great way to use up garden cucumbers; avacado replacing cream is brilliant Cons: A little time consuming Read More