Cucumber and Buttermilk Soup with Sourdough Croutons

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Cucumber and Buttermilk Soup with Sourdough Croutons
Wall Street Journal Off Duty

Cucumber and Buttermilk Soup

Buttermilk and avocado lend tang and creaminess to this light, bright summer soup. To read more about cucumbers, visit Wall Street Journal's "Off Duty" section.

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4
Servings
222
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds cucumbers
  • 2 Cups buttermilk
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon tarragon leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon mint leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 Cup sourdough croutons, for serving

Directions

Peel, halve and, if necessary, seed the cucumbers. Dice enough cucumbers to set aside 1 cup for garnish; roughly chop the remaining and place in a blender.

Add the buttermilk, avocado, herbs, vinegar, sugar, and salt to the blender and blend until very smooth, about 2 minutes. Strain the soup through a fine mesh sieve and thin with water to desired consistency.

Season soup with salt and pepper, cover, and chill at least 2 hours.

Divide soup among bowls, drizzle with oil, garnish with croutons, and serve.

Cucumber Shopping Tip

There are three different types of cucumbers: slicing, pickling, and “burpless.” If you're making sandwiches, you might want to try the “burpless” variety which are naturally seedless and are less likely to cause gas.

Cucumber Cooking Tip

Salting your cucumber slices and allowing them to drain over a colander for about an hour will get rid of any excess water and keep your sandwich from becoming soggy.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
14g
22%
Sugar
11g
N/A
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Protein
7g
14%
Carbs
21g
7%
Vitamin A
36µg
4%
Vitamin B12
0.3µg
4.5%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
13.9%
Vitamin C
13mg
22%
Vitamin D
1IU
N/A
Vitamin E
2mg
10%
Vitamin K
53µg
66%
Calcium
199mg
20%
Fiber
5g
20%
Folate (food)
66µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
66µg
16%
Iron
1mg
8%
Magnesium
62mg
16%
Monounsaturated
9g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
1mg
6%
Phosphorus
194mg
28%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
799mg
23%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
20%
Sodium
960mg
40%
Sugars, added
1g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.1mg
9.3%
Zinc
1mg
9%

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