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Chilled Cucumber-Buttermilk Soup


Serves 4

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 117

In this summery soup, sour cream bolsters the buttermilk’s tang, which in turn plays up the cooling notes of cucumber; celery lends a savory undertone.

  • 1-1/2 ­lb. cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks
  • 2 medium celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 small shallot, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4­ cup extra-virgin olive oil, more to garnish
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 ­cup buttermilk
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped chives, to garnish

In a blender, purée the cucumber, celery, shallots, olive oil, and 1 tsp. kosher salt until smooth. Strain through a medium-mesh sieve into a large bowl, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Whisk in the sour cream and buttermilk and season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour. Serve drizzled with olive oil and garnished with chives.

Make Ahead Tips

You can make this soup up to 2 days ahead.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 200, Fat (kcal): 19, Fat Calories (g): 170, Saturated Fat (g): 5, Protein (g): 2, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 11, Carbohydrates (mg): 6, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 1.5, Sodium (g): 490, Cholesterol (g): 15, Fiber (g): 1,

Photo: Scott Phillips

A rich soup with a delicate flavor. The shallot can overpower the ingredients if it is too large. Add more cucumber and celery to balance out any aggressive shallot. It makes a lovely presentation.

This easy soup has an Excellent flavorful and rich taste. Would impress guests.

This soup is subtle and delicious. The garnishes really enhance the flavor (chives and olive oil). I chilled it overnight.

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