Chilled Cucumber Mint Soup w Hot Chili Oil
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Chilled Cucumber Mint Soup with Hot Chili Oil

The theme for June’s Supper Club was Hot & Spicy, Cool & Refreshing. I think the idea was that each couple would make one spicy and one cool dish, but I decided to add a little of both to my dish.

This soup is cool and refreshing with just a little kick of heat at the end. It’s great because you can make it ahead of time and keep it stashed in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve it.

Chilled Cucumber Mint Soup w Hot Chili Oil

This was a cool and creamy way to counteract all of the heat that the other dishes generated. It was a great way to use some of the fresh mint from my garden, and it was pretty, to boot!

Chilled Cucumber Mint Soup w Hot Chili Oil
Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen – Ashley Covelli

Serves 6

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 shallot, halved and sliced (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, sliced (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

3 English cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped (about 7 cups)
2 cups vegetable stock
16 ounces nonfat Greek Yogurt (I prefer Stonyfield 0% Fat Plain Greek Yogurt)
Zest of 1 lemon plus 1 tablespoon of the juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh mint, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon fresh dill, roughly chopped
Hot chili oil, for garnish

Heat olive oil in a small skillet over moderate heat. Add shallot, garlic, green onions, salt and pepper and sauté until fragrant. Remove from heat to cool

In a large blender, place cooled shallot mixture along with cucumber, vegetable stock, yogurt, lemon zest and juice, salt, pepper, mint and dill. Blend until smooth. (You may need to do this in batches in a smaller blender – it fit just right in my Vitamix). Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.

Pour soup into a large container. Cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

To serve, spoon soup into 6 bowls and top each with a few drops of hot chili oil. Garnish with additional herbs and sliced cucumber, if desired.

Big Flavors Rating: 4 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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