Got cucumbers? I have to say that this is currently my favorite cold soup. My friend Carol served this to me for dinner last week and I couldn't wait to share the recipe. Cool, creamy, tangy and a bit spicy but what was surprising was the tarragon and mint combination, so different and absolutely perfect. Super easy, this soup goes together in minutes in the food processor or blender. Then, just chill (the soup) and eat!
Chilled Cucumber Soup with Tarragon & Mint
2 lbs cucumbers, *peeled, seeded and chunked (Armenian, English or garden variety)
1 avocado, cut in 1/2" dice
2 cup buttermilk
2 T fresh tarragon
2 T fresh mint
2 t white wine vinegar
1-2 t sugar depending on your cucumbers and your preference to sweetness
1 t kosher salt
1/2 t pepper
1 serrano chile pepper, diced (optional) My friend John loves hot peppers so he added a serrano to the soup. I have to say, I did like the kick!
Dice a bit of cucumber to reserve for garnish. Place the rest of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and and purée until smooth. At this point you can serve as is or **strain through a sieve for a more delicate and smooth presentation. Chill, taste for seasoning and serve garnished with the reserved diced cucumber and a sprig of mint.
*I used English cucumbers but decided to leave the skin on which resulted in the soup being more green in color. If the skin is not bitter or tough, you can leave it on, up to you. The soup will be a bit more pale in color if you skin them.
**I strained my soup which made it very velvety and smooth. You can serve it either way, chunkier (do not strain) or smooth (strain).
As a caterer for over 30 years, I have established a reputation for consistently creating original menus inspired by the occasion and the season, presenting them with an ease and elegance uniquely my own. Fresh, locally-sourced ingredients are the basis of my creative “from scratch” menus, which range from the classically elegant to rustic and whimsical.
"Love your recipes! Pat made your avocado toast a few weeks ago, delish! I'm taking them to a party in a few weeks, although the mushroom crostata looks pretty darn good!"