CHILLED CUCUMBER AND CORN SOUP WITH AVOCADO TOASTS


This cold soup from "Dinner" by Melissa Clark has to be the quickest and most refreshing meal for Summer days when I'd rather be relaxing out by the pool or enjoying a long walk - seriously 15 min prep time tops!  And, most of the ingredients were picked up at my local farmers market, which I shared in my last post.  Melissa recommends serving with avocado toasts, which I found to be a great compliment in flavor!  And, something I can now add to my arsenal to make for a quick snack.  Together, the two can be a meal.  Or, serve the soup alone in teacups or other small bowls as a first course.




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Chilled Cucumber and Corn Soup
from "Dinner"
Ingredients
  • 1 pound cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise, and seeded
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk or water
  • 1 large garlic clove, smashed and peeled
  • 2 scallions (white and green parts), trimmed
  • 1/2 cup packed mixed soft fresh herbs (any combination of mint, parsley, dill, basil, and cilantro), plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon sherry vinegar or white wine vinegar, plus more to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt, plus more if needed
  • 1 ear fresh corn kernels
  • extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
Instructions
In the bowl of a blender or food processor, combine the cucumbers, yogurt, milk or water, garlic, scallions, fresh herbs, vinegar, and sea salt. Blend until smooth. Taste, and adjust the seasoning if needed.Distribute the soup among four bowls, and serve it garnished with the raw corn kernels, the extra mixed herbs, and a drizzle of olive oil.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 to 4


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Avocado Toasts
from "Dinner"
Ingredients
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and thinly sliced
  • 4 slices bread, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 lemon
  • extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
Smash the avocado slices on the toasted bread. Sprinkle the crumbled feta over the avocado. Squeeze the juice of the lemon half over the top, and finish with a drizzle of olive oil and some black pepper.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 to 4

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