The Cook’s Nook With David Polakoff

September 27, 2021

CHILLED CUCUMBER SOUP (aka Cucumber Gazpacho)

Gazpacho has long been a summertime favorite for those who enjoy a chilled soup on a hot day. So, if you’re a fan of the traditional gazpacho made with juicy, ripe tomatoes, chances are you’ll love this silky smooth variation made with cool cucumbers, yogurt, and just the right blend of herbs. The best part is it’s easy to prepare and can be paired with a variety of garnish options. Give it a try and be sure to let me know what you think.



1/3 of a jalapeño, sliced (optional)

1 tablespoon shallot, plus more for garnish

1 clove garlic

1 large cucumber (12 ounces), sliced

1/4 – 1/2 cup cilantro (or substitute fresh dill, Italian parsley, or basil)

1 – 2 tablespoons lime juice

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup sour cream

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 tablespoon olive oil


Optional garnishes

  • Poached shrimp drizzled with lime, olive oil, and salt
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, finely diced or thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions (or chives), thinly sliced
  • Cilantro, finely chopped
  • Lime zest



  1. In a blender or food processor, blend all 12 ingredients until smooth. Taste and adjust salt, spice level, and acid to your liking. Once complete, refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Prepare as many garnishes as you wish to include.
  3. For added taste and presentation, mix 3 tbs sour cream, thinned with 1 tbs water in a separate bowl until drizzle consistency.
  4. Add directly to individual soup bowl in a swirl pattern


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