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Cool cucumber soup with a cucumber-herb relish

Updated: Apr 23, 2021

This is a perfect soup for a summer day. Light refreshing and flavorful. Like all of Deborah Madison's recipes, this soup excels with the freshest of ingredients, no dried herbs please.

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1 kg cucumbers, remove most of the skin and chop into chunks

1 cup buttermilk

3 tablespoons sour cream

1/2 cup herbs including basil, cilantro and dill.

Salt and pepper

Zest and juice of 2 lemons.

Add all ingredients to a blender and purée into a fine liquid. Store in fridge.


2 tablespoons scallions (green onions)

2 tablespoons each, cilantro and basil finely minced

1 tablespoon dill finely minced

1 cup cucumber finely chopped. Remove the seeds if large.

1-2 hot chilies finely minced.

3 tablespoons olive oil


Mix all ingredients and set aside for 1-3 hours.

To serve, add chilled soup to a bowl and top with a big serving of the relish. Keep the extra relish on the table to be added by the diners as needed.

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