Hey there. How is August treating you? It is hot here — oppressively so. I think “swamp-like” provides an apt description. At 35 weeks pregnant, I’m pretty uncomfortable and moving very slooooooowly. I’ve reached the stage in pregnancy where my discomfort outweighs my anxiety over labor/impending responsibility for another tiny human, and I am ready to meet this baby, already!
These days, I am all about simple recipes that require minimal prep and little-to-no heat. This chilled soup fits the bill. It is at once refreshing and satisfying, thanks to cooling cucumber and filling avocado. The miso adds a Japanese vibe that totally works with the flavors in this soup. It’s a unique spin on traditional gazpacho. Oh, and no oven or stove is necessary!
Stay cool out there and enjoy the final weeks of summer! xo Maggie
- 1 1/2 large hothouse cucumbers, seeded and roughly chopped (about 2.5 cups)
- 1 large avocado, peeled and chopped
- 1 small garlic clove, chopped
- 2 tbsp white miso
- 1 tbsp lime juice (about 1 lime)
- 1 tsp brown rice or white wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup sungold cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 1/2 cup cucumber, finely diced
- 2 tsp brown rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- Place all soup ingredients in a high speed blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy, adding more water if necessary to achieve desired consistency. Chill soup until ready to serve. I like chilling it for at least an hour to get it nice and cold, but it’s also delicious right out of the blender.
- Meanwhile, make the tomato salad. Place all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Stir to combine and allow to sit for 15 minutes to let the tomatoes and cucumbers marinate a bit.
- Divide soup among bowls, top with tomato salad, a drizzle of oil and a sprinkle of sesame seeds and serve. Enjoy!