Cold Cucumber Soup

Since the girls started school, it feels like a whirlwind of nonstop activity! It seems as though I am even more time challenged than ever before. 

I want to post this recipe, however, before the winter really sets in and no one can even think about making a cold soup. There is always the possibility of an Indian Summer.

This recipe is the outcome of one of my wonderful patient’s generosity. Bob shared with the group a few weeks ago some of his fresh, homegrown, basil, peppers and cucumbers. With such luscious produce, I experimented and came up with this recipe for cold cucumber soup. 

This recipe is extremely fast and easy. It’s almost like salad in a bowl. And, it’s perfect for those time challenging moments when you want something slightly different and slightly fancy.

The measurements are imprecise and VERY flexible.


2 English cucumbers

1 zucchini

(The idea is to have twice as much cucumber to zucchini)

1/2 onion

1/2 pepper

1 lemon juiced

1/4 cup olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh basil, chopped

Water to desired consistency, but be careful not to add too much.


Place all ingredients into food processor and blend to desired consistency.

Simple, easy & elegant!

I am happy to say that this was a successful experiment. Everyone loved it! The fresh basil made all the difference!

Nothing beats garden fresh produce.



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17 thoughts on “Cold Cucumber Soup

  1. Simply Splendid Food March 22, 2017 at 11:42 AM Reply

    I can imagine the basil would be the magic ingredient! 🌹 This is a new soup for me. A real summer treat on a hot day!

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged March 23, 2017 at 3:32 PM Reply

      Try it! It’s a bit of trial and error and the quality of the vegetables makes a big difference.

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      • Simply Splendid Food March 26, 2017 at 11:42 AM

        You are so right. I actually like fresh (organic) basil grown from my pots in the summer. The soil is important as to the taste of the basil. Local cucumber is good. “Summer soup!” 🌺

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged March 26, 2017 at 12:04 PM

        The soil also needs special nutrients? My patient said something about that too. Boy, a real labor of love. He said that he finds it very relaxing.


      • Cooking For The Time Challenged March 26, 2017 at 12:06 PM

        Home grown cucumber also has a real taste. It makes a real difference.🥒

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  2. Simply Splendid Food March 21, 2017 at 6:14 AM Reply

    THIS LOOKS LIKE A GREAT SOUP! I will be sure to make it. Cucumber is so refreshing!

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  3. IreneDesign2011 October 2, 2016 at 8:46 AM Reply

    Your soup sounds and looks delicious, one for saving for the next Summer 🙂

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  4. lynne hoareau October 1, 2016 at 12:39 PM Reply

    I love the idea of the zucchini and cucumber together and being nice and quick is an added bonus ! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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  5. Lynz Real Cooking September 30, 2016 at 11:52 PM Reply

    Very nice, it sure is a busy time!

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  7. koolkosherkitchen September 30, 2016 at 4:22 PM Reply

    Since we don’t have Indian Summer, but instead, we have a Floridian summer all year round, and since it usually gets pretty hot in the Sukkah at lunchtime, your soup is a great idea – I love it! Good Shabbos!

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