Minty Cucumber Gazpacho is so simple and refreshing on a hot summer day. Blend up some cucumber, green pepper, garlic, onion and mint until smooth and you got yourself a delicious liquid salad!
Cucumber Gazpacho is the perfect refreshing soup on a sunny day! A starter to any summer meal, whether it’s a BBQ or else. Also, great as a side-of-the-pool snack. You can serve it as a simple soup or in a pitcher with fine glasses as tapas. The only is: to keep it as cold as possible until served. Laying on ice even would be ultimate.
This cold soup is a modern variation of the famous Spanish tomato cold soup Gazpacho (gazpacho recipe here). It contains all the same secondary ingredients, the only missing one here is the tomato. Cucumbers replace the tomato and also a touch of mint, to make it extra fresh. The original gazpacho dates back to Roman times and wasn’t made with tomatoes. Which got in Spain afterwards from the New World. The original gazpacho, called Ajo Blanco, contained almond, garlic, water and olive oil with a touch of vinegar. Sometimes, if lucky, some extra grapes too.
Colder than Cold
Of course, like with any cold soup, the temperature needs to be spot on! A minimum of 3 hours of cooling before serving. If you intend to serve it outside, in the sun, make sure it lays on ice or give it right away to your guests. Because there is no bigger disappointment than a lukewarm “cold soup”. Also, ice cubes don’t have a place in this soup. The few leaves of mint give this soup this extra freshness without taking over the cucumber flavour. A perfect summer soup!
Type of Cucumber
English, French, Spanish…everyone has a type of cucumber. I’ve used the standard ones from Spain, which are half the size of the long plastic-covered English ones. But any type would do perfectly for this recipe. Simply have to take off the skin.
Not a fan of mint? Well, use a lovely basil instead! If you have some green tomatoes to use, go ahead and add them to the mix. If you don’t like the sourness of yogurt, could substitute it with simple cream or even cream cheese for a kick in calories.
Other Gazpacho ideas
- ALMOND & PINEAPPLE GAZPACHO
- GAZPACHO *traditional
So let’s make this fresh cucumber gazpacho!
Cucumber Gazpacho with Mint
- 400 g cucumber (1 English or 2 standard)
- 245 g plain yogurt (equi. 1 small cup)
- 150 ml water (Starts with 100ml and adjust to your favourite consistency.)
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 cubanelle pepper (or Anaheim, 1/2 green bell pepper)
- 1/2 white onion
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 hand fresh mint
- salt and pepper
- Add all the ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth.
- If you find the soup too thick, pass it through a sieve (then add 1-2 tbsp pulp to the soup) and mix.
- Check the seasoning (salt, pepper, vinegar) and water, and adjust to your taste.
- Let cool in the refrigerator for a minimum of 3 hours of cooling before serving.
Oh nice, I have only ever seen the tomato version of this dish, but this is interesting.
Awesome recipe, this sounds so nice to enjoy on a summer day!
Great for bikini season for sure;)
What a great idea! Love this–and I have cucumber and mint galore in my garden. Pinning.
Love the pictures and the addition of the apple cider vinegar! I’m sure it adds a nice tangy component. You might enjoy my version too 🙂 https://ankithagadag.wordpress.com/2016/08/13/chilled-avocado-cucumber-soup/
You know I have never tried cold soup. Not sure why…but has never happened. I love cucumbers so this just might have to be my starting point in the culinary journey of gazpacho!!
It should convince you to convert to cold soups;)
I haven’t had this in years! My mother used to make it and it was delicious! thanks for this, I should try it myself.
Wow this sounds super refreshing and perfect for our Arizona summers!
It sounds delicious and very refreshing! I love all those strong flavours but have only ever had tomato gazpacho. This is definitely going on my list of things to make!
Such a light and refreshing summer soup! I have both cucumber and mint in my garden. This looks like the perfect use for them.
I adore gazpacho in the warmer months. The cucumber and mint make this so very refreshing and pretty!
What a healthy meal! And the combinations are quite creative, best of all it seems spicy!
I can’t believe I have never tried to make gazpacho. The flavours here sounds divine… I’m a big fan of cucumber and mint combo. Perfect spring recipe!
This is a beautiful soup that sounds so refreshing and flavorful. The combination of ingredients you’ve picked, from the poblano to the cider vinegar are stellar. Pinning!
gazpacho! such a great thing to have when the weather warms up!! The pablano pepper add sounds like it makes this super tasty!
Sounds so delicious and the ingredient list looks healthy! Can’t wait to try this.
Oh wow! This looks like cool, summery, heaven! I adore Gazpacho and a cucumber soup! I’ll have to try this!
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