Got me thinking, I do like cucumbers in my salad like they serve at Logan's Steakhouse when I choose blue cheese dressing. I wondered what a chilled cucumber soup with blue cheese would taste like? Not wanting to ruin a whole batch, I first made a really nice yogurt, fresh herb and lime cucumber soup. Really refreshing! Perfect for these hot summer days.
Then I tried adding in some of that blue cheese. It really did taste like my salads at Logan's. The richness of the cheese added body and so much flavor. I am thinking feta cheese would be amazing also. Before that, I have to eat this whole batch of soup. My hubby simply won't go near a cucumber. Only as a sweet pickle will one pass his lips. My darling mom, also not a cucumber fan, tasted both versions. She liked the blue cheese version best.
Cold Cucumber Soup
(with a blue cheese variation)
|no cheese variation|
2 cucumbers, diced
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1/2 cup ice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh parsley
2 tbsp fresh mint
2 tbsp fresh basil
1/2 tsp dried dill or 3 tbsp fresh
juice from 1 lime
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
optional: 2 oz blue cheese
fresh herbs for garnish
Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor or good blender. Process until smooth. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Chill if not serving immediately. Garnish with additional herbs and/or blue cheese.
Serves 4 184 calories 10 net carbs*
with blue cheese: 234 calories 10 net carbs*
*many nutritionists do not count the full amount of carbohydrate in yogurt, as the live cultures feed on the lactose, thus reducing the effective carb count.
Be sure to read that note about the carb count of yogurt and do what you think is best. I wish I had fresh dill on hand for this trial. Sadly no, but if you have some, then by all means, use it! You can substitute any fresh herbs. I used mint and basil because that is what I had. The parsley really does shine through though, so I would suggest you try it with that the first time at least.
Now looking at these photos. The blue bowl is the one without the cheese. The color of the soup is altered a bit by the blue of the bowl. The white bowl shows the truer color. It looks more green and less yellow.
This soup is perfect for the hot summer days we have ahead. Tomorrow, it will be over 100 in my hometown, with an awful humidity. Can't wait! The farmer's markets will be open though, filled with lots of home grown treats. In fact, this month's Diner News will feature Farmer's Market recipes. This one will be in there, along with a great new tomato and roasted eggplant soup, and lots of recipes that feature summer fruits, veggies and herbs. Be watching August 1st.
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