Iced Cucumber and Yogurt Soup

The ultimate hot weather refresher --- Iced Cucumber and Yogurt Soup
Cold Cucumber and Yogurt Soup is the ultimate refresher

Cold Cucumber Yogurt Soup

Iced Cucumber and Yogurt Soup is one of my earliest cooking memories, one of the first times I ventured beyond brownies.  I think I discovered it during the hot summer after college when I was suddenly responsible for feeding myself.  You don’t even need a blender or food processor to do it, you can finely chop or grate the cucumber and stir it into the yogurt.  It’s refreshing, light, and a godsend when it’s actually too hot out to eat.

making cucumber yogurt soup

Easy to make Chilled Cucumber and Yogurt Soup

Most cultures around the globe have some version of this soup.  For variations, you can use cream instead of yogurt, fresh mint in place of the dill, or use lemon or lime juice to do the job of the vinegar… the soup just needs that little lift of acidity to perk up the creaminess of the yogurt.

chilled yogurt and cucumber soup

It’s about the most refreshing thing there is.

Icy cold cucumber and yogurt soup

Iced Cucumber and Yogurt Soup

Yield: serves 2

Iced Cucumber and Yogurt Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 English seedless cucumber, about a 6-7 inch piece
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp (approximate) fresh dill
  • 1 Tbsp champagne vinegar (or sherry, or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/4 tsp onion salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
    garnishes
  • micro-greens or
  • fresh dill
  • halved tiny tomatoes
  • slivered snap peas
  • drizzle of olive oil

Instructions

  1. You can peel the cucumber, or not, according to your taste. The English cukes have soft edible skin that hasn't been waxed. I left a little bit on for a touch of color, but peeled most of it. Chop it in large chunks and add to the bowl of a food processor filled with the metal blade. Give the machine about 20 pulses, until the cucumber is pureed but retains a little texture.
  2. Add the yogurt and dill and pulse about 10 more times. Pulse in the vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  3. Remove the soup to a bowl and refrigerate for a few hours until nice and cold.
  4. Serve in small glasses topped with garnishes of your choice. If the soup seems too thick, thin it with a little cold water.
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Icy cold and refreshing Cucumber Yogurt Soup

You can garnish it with anything that looks good to you.

 

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For tons more cold soup inspiration, follow along with me on my Chilled Soup board on Pinterest:

chilled soup Pinterest board

15 Comments

  • Reply
    Amy
    July 29, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    This looks so good. I’ve been low-carbing it lately (and lost 15 lbs, yay!) so I’d like to swap out the Greek yogurt with cream as you mentioned. Can’t wait to try this! As always your photos are just beautiful!

  • Reply
    Susan
    July 29, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Not only delicious but beautiful to look at! So refreshing for a hot summer day.

  • Reply
    Gerlinde @Sunnycovechef
    July 27, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    This is the perfect soup for a got day. Thank you!

  • Reply
    Eileen
    July 27, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    This sounds like the best thing to eat on a hot afternoon! It’s almost tzatziki in soup form. Yay!

  • Reply
    Maria | Pink Patisserie
    July 27, 2015 at 9:46 am

    I really love soups like this. So healthy and refreshing. Perfect!

  • Reply
    Toni | Boulder Locavore
    July 27, 2015 at 4:07 am

    What a light and simple soup to take the edge off Summer’s ‘dog days’! Beautiful too.

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    July 27, 2015 at 3:42 am

    This is so pretty and perfectly refreshing! Great use for all the garden cucs :)

  • Reply
    denise@magnoliaverandah
    July 26, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Bit chilly here for cold soup but your styling and garnishing are superb!

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    July 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    There you go with those utterly gorgeous garnishes! You are amazing Sue! Love this soup and since I have a pile-o-cucumbers from our garden I think I need this recipes :) Lovely – pinning and sharing!

  • Reply
    cheri
    July 26, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Sue, this is the perfect summer soup, beautiful and light!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 26, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks Cheri – I maker it at least once every summer, usually during the hottest stretch!

  • Reply
    Linda L.
    July 26, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    You must be psychic!! I have some cukes from the garden and was thinking how wonderful a cool raita would be in these scorching temps and here you are! I was going to wing it and would never have thought to put the vinegar/lemon/lime in it.
    Plus now my daughter will believe me that cucumber soup is not a figment of my (admittedly vivid) imagination – thanks!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 26, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      Enjoy — I envy you your garden fresh cukes :)

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    July 26, 2015 at 10:07 am

    This soup is a sight for sore eyes! It’s been so… hot here and this sounds wonderful! Pinning!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 26, 2015 at 11:28 am

      thanks Chris!

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