recipe: cool as a cucumber (a few recipes in one)

a few days ago, i was gifted a few things from the little garden. a large cucumber, and plenty of mint…

it was a scorcher of a day.  i gathered up my ingredients…

cool cucumber mint soup drink recipe ingredients

i modified a family recipe slightly.

how i made a cool cucumber soup:

  • grated the cucumber, skin, seeds and all (a source of fibre and vitamin a)
  • took fresh mint leaves off the stalk and chop them; i used kitchen shears while holding them in a bundle. if i didn’t have fresh herbs, i’d use about a tablespoon dried, but the fresh stuff really has more of a “cooling” effect which is what i was after…
  • combined the sour cream, yogurt and vinegar (lemon juice works too), and to it added the shredded cucumber and mint and mixed everything.
  • added a bit of salt and pepper.
  • served it in bowls i had cooling in the freezer…

cucumber soup in a bowl

makes about 4 bowls. yup, you eat it like a soup.

a few notes:

  • you can add ice cubes to cool things further.
  • you can take this basic recipe, add a clove or 7 of garlic (no such thing as too much garlic), add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, and you have a simple, creamy salad dressing.
  • you can add a bit of water and ice cubes to create a thinner consistency and serve it in glasses as a drink. this drink is popular in the middle east, where they know a thing or two about staying cool in the heat.
  • menthol oil found in mint has cooling properties. “cool as a cucumber” is an idiom (and also uses alliteration — my grade 8 english teacher would be so proud!), but cucumbers are able to maintain an internal temperature that is cooler than the air surrounding it. now you know…
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8 Responses to recipe: cool as a cucumber (a few recipes in one)

  1. Very interesting about the cucumber. Thanks for sharing this recipe. We may need it this weekend ;)

  2. Nancy S says:

    What time is dinner? I’ll bring a cuke or two of my own and we can chow down.

    • iMadeItSo says:

      have your cukes released their “tendrils of doom” from your tomatoes? i hear that term in my head now when i see them… dinner is whenever you’re done your day job. let the weekend begin!

  3. smilindown says:

    yum! Our neighbors give us fresh cucumbers all the time! I’ll have to try this out!

  4. ~*~Patty says:

    sounds delicious and very refreshing in the heat!
    thank you for sharing Ana

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