An impressive starter for your next dinner party. A light and refreshing chilled soup that is super easy to prepare and welcome any time of the year.
This recipe was inspired by one I came across in a magazine but, for the life of me, I cannot find the original. When I do, I will make sure to note it here.
**If you want to make this vegan, just replace the greek yogurt with coconut cream.
Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup with Coconut Milk and Tahini Drizzle
- 2 English Cucumbers (long, thin with a dark green skin)
- 2 Ripe Avocados
- Juice from 1 lime (or to taste)
- 4 Scallions, 3 finely chopped for soup, 1 finely chopped and reserved for garnish
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- Water, (as needed to thin)
- Tahini Drizzle:
- 3/4 cup full fat, Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 Tablespoons tahini*
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice (or to taste)
- Serves 4
- Peel the cucumbers and slice in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds, roughly chop and place in a blender.
- Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh and place in the blender with the cucumber.
- Add the chopped scallion, coconut milk and lime juice. Puree until the soup is smooth, adding water as needed to reach a soup consistency. Place in a bowl and refrigerate until chilled.
- To make the Tahini drizzle, mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, adjusting the quantities according to taste.
- When ready to serve, spoon the soup into bowls or glasses. Drizzle tahini mixture over the surface and garnish with reserved scallions and chopped fresh cilantro.
- Ingredient Note:
- *Tahini is a paste or “nut butter” made from ground, roasted sesame seeds. It has a light brown color and a strong, almost bitter, nutty flavour. Most people know it as a main ingredient in classic hummus but it has unlimited possibilities. A couple of spoonfuls blended into yogurt makes the base for any number of salad dressings or sauces and added to burgers or a meat loaf gives body and heft. Tahini also shows up in desserts, mixed with honey or halvah or chocolate to make cookies and cakes.