Cold Cucumber Soup

Bowl of Cold Cucumber soup

For several years I grew an abundance of cucumbers, so many that we couldn’t keep up with them. Even after giving cucumbers away, we still had more than enough for the two of us. Therefore, I had to come up with creative ways to use the extras, and the ones that got away – the ones that got hidden and grew too big for salads and sandwiches. One of my solutions was cold cucumber soup.


Cold soup is perfect for hot summer months and it’s a great way to use garden surplus. However, my problem with cold cumber soup is that I had never had one I liked. Even though I love yogurt and sour cream, I just don’t care for cucumber soups that use a lot of yogurt or sour cream (or buttermilk) as the base. So I started experimenting with something completely different and here is the result. It still uses a little bit of yogurt, but the base is more of a broth base. This soup has been one of our summer staples for years and it’s even better served with a green chile cheese toas-tite or grilled cheese.

A delicious and refreshing cold cucumber soup with a broth base and rich onion and cucumber flavor #coldsoup #cucumber @mjskitchen.com

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Cold Cucumber Soup Recipe

Recipe Author:  MJ of MJ’s Kitchen

Makes about 1.5 to 2 quarts
Prep and cooking time: 1 hour
Cooling time: about 30 minutes + refrigerate overnight

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. olive oil
½ Tbsp. butter
1 cup sweet onion or just onion, coarsely chopped
~6 cups cucumber* (~2 pounds), peeled, coarsely chopped
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth* (homemade is best)
1 tsp. fresh dill weed, chopped, or 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
Salt and cracked white pepper, to taste
4 – 8 ounces Plain Greek yogurt (to taste)*
Topping* – chives or fresh mint, dill or basil, chopped

*See Kitchen Notes for substitutions and further information

Instructions

  1. Heat oil and butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until butter is melted.
  2. Add onions. Turn down heat to medium-low and slowly sweat the onions until translucent.
  3. Add the cucumber. If you are using dried dill weed, add it now. Increase heat to medium and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add the broth. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat for a simmer and cook cucumber for 15 minutes or until soft.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool for about 15 minutes.
  6. Using a blender, puree the soup. An immersion blender works great and allows you to blend the soup in the pot you cooked it in.
  7. Whisk in the yogurt.
  8. If the soup is too thick, add a little more water for the desired thickness. Stir in the fresh dill (if you are using it).
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper.  I use a generous amount of cracked white pepper.
  10. Chill overnight.
  11. About 30 minutes before serving, remove from the refrigerator.
  12. Ladle into small soup bowls. Top with chopped fresh chives, basil, mint or more dill – whatever your heart desires.

A delicious and refreshing cold cucumber soup with a broth base and rich onion and cucumber flavor. | mjskitchen.com

Kitchen Notes

The cucumbers
You can use seedless cucumbers or slicing cucumbers. I always peel and, if the seeds are large, I’ll remove the seeds. This is a great recipe for the overgrown cucumbers that you find hidden in the garden. Just taste first to make sure they haven’t become bitter.

The broth
I’ve never made this with anything but chicken broth, but I can’t imagine that vegetable broth wouldn’t be just as delicious. If you make it with vegetable broth, please let me know how it turns out.  You can use chicken stock as long as it is basically fat-free because this is a cold soup.

The yogurt
Do not use low fat or fat free yogurt! I prefer a good quality Greek style yogurt or goats milk yogurt for its creaminess or a cream top yogurt.

The finishing herb
This is a mood thing. Are you in the mood for more dill, some mint, basil or what? Since I usually have 3 to 4 bowls of this soup every time I make it, I mix up the herbs. One day I’ll have a minty soup and the next day, I’ll go for something more savory and use basil. Thai basil makes it quite interesting. For something even more interesting, try some fresh lemon thyme (one of my favorite herbs).

Vegetarian and Vegan version
Omit the butter, use vegetable broth and substitute the yogurt with soy, almond or rice milk.  I’ve used soy or almond milk several times when I didn’t have yogurt and they both work great.

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If you are curious about the brown little flying saucer in the picture, it’s a Toas-Tite sandwich, and for this soup, it’s a green chile cheese toas-tite sandwich.

If you enjoyed this cold cucumber soup, here are some more cold soups you might enjoy:

Cold Curried Green Vegetable Soup

Cold Asparagus and Garlic Soup

Chunky Gazpacho

Cold Cucumber Soup

Cold Cantaloupe and Cucumber Soup

Chilled Three Onion and Green Chile Soup

This cold cucumber soup recipe has been shared with the following blog hops.  Be sure to click on the links to see more amazing recipes.  Sunday Night Soup Night, My Meatless Monday, Just Another Meatless Monday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Made with Love Mondays, Weekend Potluck, Made From Scratch Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Showcase Your Talent Thursday

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13 Responses to “Cold Cucumber Soup”

  1. April J Harris September 5, 2017 at 5:49 am #

    Your Cold Cucumber Soup sounds delicious, MJ! I like that the recipe uses a broth base and just a bit of yogurt to make it creamy. It’s also lovely that you can vary the herbs. I think this would make a beautiful starter next time I have folks round to dinner. Sharing on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you so much for being a part of the party. Hope to ‘see’ you again this week!

  2. Jodee Weiland July 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    This looks so delicious and refreshing, MJ! I love this recipe and with the yogurt, it’s both healthy and delcious…thanks for sharing!

    • mj July 20, 2014 at 12:22 am #

      Thanks Jodee! This is a very refreshing summer soup.

  3. Tonya July 20, 2012 at 4:32 am #

    Your delicious soup is my personal pick this week at Weekend Potluck! Thanks for coming to link up, have a great weekend! 🙂
    ~Tonya

    http://4littlefergusons.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/kansas-cornbread-salad-oven-free-weekend-potluck-27/

  4. Tonya July 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    Oh my goodness! I love cold soup! My mom used to make a killer cold strawberry soup too. Thank you for sharing at Weekend Potluck!

    ~Tonya from 4 little Fergusons

  5. Kim @ Sunflower Supper Club July 14, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    I love soup and cannot believe I have never tried Cucumber soup. This looks fantastic! I’m printing as we speak. Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Potluck!
    ~Kim

  6. Javelin Warrior July 9, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    Another delicious soup, MJ! It’s been a long time since I’ve had cucumber soup of any kind (last time was with melon and so good!) but this puts me in the mood for it again. It’s been so hot lately, this sounds really refreshing… Thanks so much for sharing with Made with Love Mondays…

  7. Debbie @ Easy Natural Food May 30, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    I love the sound of this! Cucumber is so mild in taste, but the perfect thing to jazz up with fresh herbs and Greek yogurt (perfect choice!) Cool as a cucumber, right! Thanks for sharing this with Sunday Night Soup Night. Look forward to seeing you at Summer Sunday Salads!

  8. German Mama October 28, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    I love cold soups in the summer. I have made a similar soup several times.

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