Chilled Cucumber Buttermilk Soup Recipe

There is nothing more refreshing on a hot day than a bowl of chilled cucumber buttermilk soup. The simplicity of the preparation and the combination of flavours make this recipe an absolute summer staple — from the authors behind Fresh: Seasonal Recipes Made With Local Foods.

6-7 cucumbers, peeled and seeded
1 large sweet onion (such as Walla Walla)
4 cups buttermilk
3-4 tbsp chopped fresh mint
Pinch of sugar
8 sprigs fresh mint, for garnish


Step 1: Place a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl. Using a box grater, grate cucumbers and onion into a large bowl. Transfer the mixture to the sieve and allow to drain for 5-10 minutes.

Step 2: Process drained vegetables in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Step 3: Strain puréed vegetables through the sieve, pressing out any excess liquid and discarding any solids.

Step 4: Whisk in buttermilk, chopped mint, sugar and salt to taste. Cover and refrigerate for 2-24 hours.

Step 5: To serve, ladle 8 oz. of soup into each of 8 chilled bowls and garnish with fresh mint.

Reprinted with permission from John Bishop, Dawne Gourley and Dennis Green’s Fresh: Seasonal Recipes Made With Local Foods (2007 Douglas & McIntyre).

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