Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins
Light, chilled, healthy green refreshment for a hot summer's day ... As your thoughts up north turn towards winter, ours at the bottom of the planet turn to thoughts of hot days and cool food! I did not want to add cream -- this gazpacho variation contains only Greek yoghurt and a smidgin of heart-healthy oil. Serve icy cold, perhaps in stemmed glasses, with croutons (which I discovered I'm out of, when I took the photographs). If possible, make a day or at least 4 hours before serving.
- 1 1⁄4 lbs English cucumbers (the long one which needs no peeling and seeding, about 570 g)
- 1 cup chicken broth, cold (chicken stock, 250 ml)
- 1 cup parsley, very loosely measured
- 1⁄2 cup sweet onion, chopped
- 1 cup yoghurt, not low-fat, pref. Greek
- 2 teaspoons sea salt (such as Maldon)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 2 tablespoons walnut oil or 2 tablespoons avocado oil or 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- finely chopped spring onion, croutons
- (I am not sure which broth or stock you would use. My granular stock powder is not very salty, so my soup needed more salt than stated above. The cubes unfortunately need boiling water to dissolve, while the granular powders dissolve readily in cold water. Therefore you will have to taste and adjust the seasoning before serving).
- Rinse cucumber and cut off ends. Cut into rounds and then into cubes, and put into food processor.
- Add the cold chicken broth/stock, and whizz at medium speed.
- Add parsley, onion, yoghurt (Greek yoghurt is best)salt, Tabasco, oil and lemon juice.
- Whizz at high speed until soup is smoothly processed. It won't be, and shouldn't be, velvet smooth.
- Pour into, preferably, a glass bowl, cover, and chill. It's best to make this a day ahead.
- Taste before serving, and adjust seasoning.
i've never had gazpacho and don't know what it's *supposed* to taste like so i was going on the theory of "does it taste good? then it's not wrong" i have to admit i didn't think much of this at first. it was rather watery and tasted like nothing but salt, cucumbers, and garlic. i let it chill overnight and a strange thing happened: most of the liquid sunk to the bottom and i was left with a much thicker, creamier, and taster soup on top so i just ladled it off and called it a win. cold soup seems like such a strange thing in western culture. i can't think of anything besides chip dip that is salty and cold but this was rather nice once i got over my wierdness. think will experiment with it more in the summer, maybe add some sun-dried tomatoes or roasted red pepper bits for texture and colour. this was fun, thanks!
My new favorite summer soup! Zurie, I can't give this enough stars! I read the reviews after the 4 of us demolished ALL of the soup. I only made it an hour before serving. I kept the whisk in the bowl so I just recombined but didn't notice much separation. I used green habanero sauce instead of tabasco which is red. ;) I added over a tsp before I noticed it. I used the blender for most of it then whisked in the yogurt. I used Better Than Bouillon Vegetable base which dissolved in cold water instead of chicken broth. Absolutely delicious! I made this to go with BLT's. I baked the bacon with Pepino's Green Sauce. I can see making several batches to serve a houseful of guests this summer. THANK YOU! :)
What a delicious cold soup for a hot day! Definitely make this a day or two ahead of time. I used a red onion, as I did not have a sweet one. Also, I used my own kefir, rather than the yogurt. I'll strain it a bit next time to make it more greek-yogurt-like, but it worked well as is. I had only about 1/4 inch of clear liquid at the bottom of my quart container the following day. I topped this off with some kefir cream - kefir made with heavy cream rather than milk - very yummy. I like the idea of adding some garlic, and I think that fresh dill might be very nice with this, as well.