Updated: 06/20/2016 4:14 PM | Print Story |  Email

Cold Summer Soups

We’re celebrating a super summer with cold summer soup ideas!  Owner of the Golden Fig in Saint Paul, Laurie Crowell, shows us 3 soup recipes perfect for the dog days of summer: Cucumber Dill Soup, Grilled Strawberry Balsamic Soup and Chilled Avocado Soup. 

Grilled Strawberry Gazpacho

2 lbs strawberries hulled. 1 of the lbs skewered to grill and the other lb chopped and slightly smooshed with juices reserved.
1/2 C chopped red onion
1/2 C chopped red bell pepper
2 C English cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 C fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/4 C Basil Balsamic Vinegar
1/3 C extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Edible flowers for garnish

*Be sure to chop all items in similar chop sizes

Brush 1 lb strawberries with Balsamic vinegar and grill until grill marks show. Remove from heat, chop and place into large bowl.

Place remaining ingredients together and stir well.

Season to taste and garnish with edible flowers.


Cucumber Dill Soup

2 C plain Greek Yogurt
2 lb English cucumbers, peeled and sliced
1 shallot, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
Juice and zest of 1 lime
2 T fresh dill, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Lay sliced cucumbers on a cookie sheet that has a few layers of paper towel. Salt liberally and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse well and set aside.

Add remaining ingredients to blender and puree until smooth. Add cucumbers to blender and pulse to desired consistency. It is delicious left coarse as well as pureed finely.

Add a little water to thin out if too thick

Check seasoning and garnish with fresh dill.


Avocado Mint Soup

3 TB olive oil
1 C diced white onion
1/2 to 1 fresh jalapeno, seeded and diced
3 garlic cloves- minced
4 Cups chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste
1 TB fresh mint
4 avocados (firmly ripe) halved, pitted and mashed.

Saute onion garlic and jalapeno in olive oil until soft. Add to blender. Add 4 C chicken stock, mint and avocados and puree until smooth.

Garnish with fresh mint.