Cold Cucumber Soup

Cold and refreshing, cucumber soup is a great recipe for a hot summer day and couldn’t be easier to prepare. It takes only 10 minutes from start to finish and requires no cooking!

Cucumber Soup

Every year I plant cucumbers in my garden. And every year, my one plant takes over the bed (climbing over trellises put in place for other vegetables) and showers me with a daily supply of lovely cucumbers.

The Best Way to Use Garden Cucumbers

This is all well and good, as long as I remember to pick them daily. As careful as I can be, hunting for cucumbers in the tangle of leaves and vines, I do miss them occasionally, only to discover a monster cuke hiding perfectly camouflaged under a leaf!

Like zucchini, left to their own devices, cucumbers will grow to ginormous proportions, resulting in a thick-skinned, seedy bat.

What to do with extra large cucumbers?

Make chilled cucumber soup!

Cucumber Soup

Even if you don't have a garden (or the problem of monster cukes), cucumber soup is a great way to put cucumbers to good use.

How to Make an Easy Cucumber Soup

This cold cucumber soup is incredibly easy to make, taking no more than 10 minutes. All you have to do is peel and seed the cucumbers, and pulse them in a blender with a little chopped onion, buttermilk, sour cream, olive oil, dill, salt, and pepper.

If you don't have buttermilk or sour cream, you can sub with plain yogurt.

It's a chilled soup that you can make ahead and eat for days. Perfect for hot summer days.

Many thanks to my friend Sue Robison who gave me the bones of this recipe to play with. Enjoy!

No Blender? No Problem

If you don't have a blender, an immersion blender works for this soup. Instead of putting the ingredients in a traditional blender in Step 2, add them all to a large bowl and use the immersion blender to blend all the ingredients together until smooth. It may take a little longer, but you'll end up with the same result.

Swaps and Subs in Cold Cucumber Soup

  • Substitute plain yogurt—dairy or vegan—for the buttermilk, sour cream, or both.
  • Substitute small curd cottage cheese for the sour cream.
  • Substitute apple cider or tarragon vinegar or lemon juice for the rice vinegar.
  • Substitute parsley or tarragon for the dill.
  • Add a clove of garlic.

How to Store Chilled Cucumber Soup

Refrigerate this soup, tightly covered, for up to 3 days.

We don't recommend freezing this soup. The consistency will not be the same when thawed.

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From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

Cold Cucumber Soup

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 3 to 4 servings

If you don't have buttermilk or sour cream, feel free to substitute with plain yogurt.

Ingredients

  • 2 large cucumbers (about 1 1/2 pounds total)

  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion (white, red, or green)

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • Pinch black pepper

Method

  1. Prep the cucumbers, onion, and dill:

    Peel, seed, and roughly chop the cucumbers. Chop the onion and dill.

  2. Blend:

    Put all of the ingredients into a blender and pulse until completely smooth. Adjust seasonings to taste. Add more salt and pepper if needed.

    At this point you can make ahead and chill.

  3. Chill the soup:

    Chill in a container in the refrigerator until cold.

  4. Serve:

    Pour into bowls and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and a feather of dill.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
96 Calories
7g Fat
8g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 96
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 223mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 285mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.