Chilled Cucumber Soup

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks

4 yellow tomatoes, cut into chunks

1 yellow bell pepper, cut into chunks

1/3 cup chopped white onion

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

4 teaspoons minced fresh dill

4 teaspoons minced fresh parsley

2 cloves garlic, smashed

1 teaspoon sugar

Kosher salt

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

4 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed, cut into 1/4-inch cubes

Directions

Combine the cucumber and tomatoes in a blender, reserving 1/4 cup of each for garnish. Add the bell pepper, onion, vinegar, 1 teaspoon each dill and parsley, 1 clove garlic and the sugar; puree until smooth. Pass through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl, pressing with the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Season with 1 teaspoon salt. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, make the croutons: Heat the remaining clove garlic with the olive oil in a skillet over low heat. Add the bread cubes and the remaining 3 teaspoons each dill and parsley. Cook, stirring, until golden and crunchy, 10 to 15 minutes. Discard the garlic.

Pour the soup into chilled bowls. Dice the reserved cucumber and tomatoes; sprinkle into the soup. Garnish with the croutons.

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