Chilled Avocado Soup

It’s funny the things you remember about your grandparents.  Every summer, my grandpa (or Pappo, as I called him) kept a glass bowl of this cucumber concoction in the fridge.  The concoction consisted of sliced cucumbers, sliced white onions, white vinegar, buttermilk, salt, and pepper.  As a child, I wouldn’t go near it.  It just looked weird to me (not to mention it had raw onions in it, which I absolutely wouldn’t touch as a kid).  As I’ve gotten older, though, I’ve found I sometimes expect to just magically find this concoction sitting on my refrigerator shelf when I open the door.  I’m not sure why; maybe it’s Pappo’s way of sticking around.

This easy chilled soup brings those flavors back and is every bit as easy and refreshing as that cucumber salad was to my Pappo.  The recipe doesn’t yield a large batch, but trust me when I say it does serve two.  You won’t need a huge bowl of the tangy mixture to satisfy your craving for a healthy and cool summery treat.  It might even satisfy your craving for a summer memory…

chilled avocado soup

Chilled Avocado Soup

from “Martha Stewart Living”, August 2009

printer-friendly recipe


1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks

1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted

1/2 c. low-fat buttermilk

1 small garlic clove

1 TBSP fresh lemon juice

salt and pepper, to taste


1.  Place all ingredients except salt and pepper in a blender or food processor.  Taste and season with salt and pepper.  Thin with water, if desired.

2.  Refrigerate for at least one hour.  Serve with diced cucumber or lemon curls as a garnish, if you wish.

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  1. Kelsey
    June 24, 2010 / 7:29 pm

    mmm this looks really refreshing! it reminds me of chilled cucumber soup..i would add a little avocado to it looked quite similar. VERY TASTY!xoxo <3

  2. Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    June 24, 2010 / 8:06 pm

    Very tasty! I hated onions when I was younger, too. Now I can't get enough them!

  3. Lexie
    June 30, 2010 / 11:38 pm

    I love this story. I miss Pappo and his cucumbers, too. Every summer, I make some in his honor because it wouldn't be summer without some of Pappo's cucumber concoction.

  4. Morgan
    July 1, 2010 / 4:58 pm

    Looks delicious! I need to try this recipe one night soon. I adore avocados.

  5. Mary
    July 1, 2010 / 9:22 pm

    This is a really lovely soup. This is my first visit to your site. I love your recipes and will be back as often as time permits. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  6. Amy of Sing For Your Supper
    July 6, 2010 / 7:10 pm

    I'll take avocados any way I can get them! This looks so delicious and refreshing!!

  7. Mary
    July 7, 2010 / 2:58 pm

    I'm just jumping back in to thank you for your visit to my blog. I hope we'll see you often. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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