Introduction: Chilled Green Soup
Today I am going to show you a super easy recipe ideal for hot summer days. The name is totally silly, I agree, but the ingredients used are quite balanced and I could not pick any of them to be more characteristic than the other flavorwise.
Anyway, it is definitely green and can be a lifesafer dish for two reasons, it is easy to make yet truly refreshing.
We eat lots of soup, no weekend meal is considered complete without a soup as a starter. Now that I am still working in home office, my kids tend to think that the same applies to weekday lunches, so it is a good thing to have a few recipes on hand that are quick to make. What's more, this soup requires no cooking, you only need to clean the veggies, toast the seeds, blend and refrigerate.
Step 1: You'll Need
- 2 mid-sized cucumber (about 400 g altogether)
- 150 g baby spinach
- 1 large spring onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 50 g almond flakes
- 40 g sunflower seeds
- 80 g fresh peas
- a bunch of parsley
- a bunch of basil
- 2 sprigs of mint
- 130 g sour cream / greek yogurt
- salt, pepper, cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Topping (totally optional):
- fresh goat cheese
- toasted almond flakes and sunflower seeds
- greens of your choice (I used rocket, nasturtium and beet leaves)
- edible flowers of your choice (I used borage, violet, rose)
- chopping board
Step 2: Toast the Nuts
I know it was supposed to be a no-cook recipe, but toasting the nuts that go into the soup makes a big difference as it brings out that oily nutty flavor, and it's kind of effortless to do.
Put the nuts into a pan (no oil needed) and toast them on medium - high heat until they get sligthly brown.
Let it cool to room temperature and save about 1/4 of them to serve as topping for the soup.
Step 3: Clean the Greens
Wash the baby spinach, drain and remove the larger stems.
Wash the herbs, pasley is OK as is, but I prefer to remove the basil and mint leaves from the stems,
Discard the stems.
Wash the spring onion.
Step 4: Cucumber
Peel the cucumbers (sometimes they are a little bitter unpeeled and we would want to avoid that), and chop them.
Step 5: Blend
Dump everything into the blender and blend until smooth. I did not put the quantity of water among the ingredients on purpose. I used about half a liter, but you may adjust the quantity to how dense you like to eat the soup. I suggest to start with 300 ml and continue adding little by little until the desired consistency is reached.
Step 6: Serve and Enjoy
Keep in the fridge until served. Garnish with fresh goat cheese, toasted nuts, greens and colors of the rainbow edible flowers.
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