Like many things in New York City, summer slams you on the head with its big hammer. We had one minute of Spring, followed with a 95 degree, egg frying on the side walk type heat. The only thing to do in that situation is pull out the linens, and try to “Glisten”( real ladies don’t sweat!).
While cowering in front of the air conditioner I came up with this cooling soup. The antidote for heat is the cucumber. Cucumbers are a rich source of cucurbiticans. which are connected to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, and numerous cancers. In the practice of Aruvedya cucumber are used as a ‘cooling’ food. I decided to add the citrus powder for additional phytonutrients. What can be better on a sweltering day than cucumbers and citrus?
You can make this delicious soup as a savoury afternoon snack, or as dinner, depending on the add ons. This soup is a great recipe to have on file when you are working late and everyone is grumpy. You can whip this up in 10 minutes.Print
Quick Cucumber Refresher
A delightful cooler for hot summer days. Keep it in the fridge for
extra refreshment all day long.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 minute
- Total Time: 6 minutes
- Yield: 12oz.
- Category: Vegetarian, Quick Cold Soup, Beverage, Summer Beverage, Vegan, Cold Soup, Low Glycemic, Low Carbs, Diabetic, Pre-Diabetic, Metabolic Syndrom X, Raw Food
- Method: Blending
- Cuisine: Vegan, Raw Food
1 organic cucumbers cut into chunks
1 tbs. ground citrus powder
1 cup filtered water
handful of organic cilantro, washed and minced
2 tbs. organic walnuts
1 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
salt to taste
Blend ingredients to desired smoothness. Serve immediately. You can refrigerate the soup if you are eating later, but you will need to re-blend it to re-create the fluffy texture.
You can monkey around with the recipe making it more of a drink or a meal by adding to the finished soup. For a Mexican twist add fresh lime and a pinch of chilli seasoning. To make it more of a meal use the remaining half of avocado cut into chunks, cut onion, a splash of nice olive oil, flaked salt, and some pinoli nuts. I often also enjoy a raw cracker for some contrasting crunch.