Cool as a Cucumber

May 15, 2008

When the weather starts to heat up nothing is better than nice, cold cucumbers. So mild, crisp and freshening on a hot day. They just seem to scream, "Summer!"

With so many different varieties out there it's nice to explore new ways of preparation. They're not just for salads! My ultimate favorite is the lemon cucumber; a round yellow cucumber that's oh so sweet. Unfortunately they're harder to find, but nice to grow in your garden.

I thought I'd share one of my favorite quick-and-simple recipes to keep you cool as a cucumber during those hot days.

Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup
1 English cucumber (peeled, seeded, and chopped)
1 ripe avocado (pitted, peeled, and chopped)
2 green onions (chopped)
2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 cup sour cream
1 cup cold water
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

In a blender or food processor, combine all the ingredients and process until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If the soup is too thick simply thin it with water. Stir in the cilantro and sprinkle a bit more on top. Serve immediately, or cover and let chill. Serves 4.

And wash it down with this:

Refreshing Cucumber Water
Tired of plain old water? Toss in a few slices of cucumber into your glass and you'll think you went to a fancy spa. Even nicer with a little lemon or mint. Mmmm.

Also try this wonderful Tzatziki recipe from Kaylyn's Kitchen.