Cucumber and Buttermilk Soup with Sourdough Croutons

Cucumber and Buttermilk Soup with Sourdough Croutons
Staff Writer
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
608
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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
19g
27%
Sugar
15g
17%
Saturated Fat
6g
25%
Cholesterol
2mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
95g
73%
Protein
15g
33%
Vitamin A, RAE
10µg
1%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
7µg
8%
Calcium, Ca
248mg
25%
Choline, total
15mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Folate, total
197µg
49%
Iron, Fe
6mg
33%
Magnesium, Mg
54mg
17%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
7mg
50%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
650mg
93%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
22µg
40%
Sodium, Na
1626mg
100%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
26g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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.