Sunday, July 29, 2018

Chilled Cucumber Soup with Grilled Shrimp: A Little Barefoot Contessa for Souper (Soup Salad & Sammie) Sundays

Some people are not fans of the cucumber, but I have always loved them--especially when they are crisp and cold from the fridge on a humid summer day. They lend themselves well to cold soups too and paired with cooling yogurt, dill, and lemon, it's perfect for summer. Add some grilled shrimp and it becomes a meal. 

This recipe is from Ina Garten via Food Network and I picked it because it looked tempting and I had extra cucumbers and good shrimp in the freezer. I adapted it a bit, including drastically reducing the salt--whether you use use Ina's 2 Tbsp of kosher salt or the sea salt equivalent of 1 Tbsp--that's a whole lot of unneeded sodium--especially when you have the lemon juice, Greek yogurt, and dill for flavor. Speaking of the lemon juice, I reduced that and the black pepper too and marinated and grilled my shrimp. I forgot to buy half-and-half so I subbed in coconut milk and used the sweet Maui onion I had on hand rather than red onion called for.

Chilled Cucumber Soup with Shrimp
Slightly Adapted from Ina Garten via
(Serves 9)

2 (17-oz) containers Greek yogurt
1 1/2 cups half-and-half (I used coconut milk)
3 hothouse cucumbers, unpeeled, seeded and chopped
3/4 cup chopped red onion (I used sweet Maui onion)
9 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
2 Tbsp kosher salt (I used about 1 tsp + another pinch at the end-so maybe 1 1/4 tsp total)
1 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper (I used about 1 tsp)
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 6 lemons) (I used about 2 1/2 lemons worth)
3/4 lb cooked large shrimp, halved (I marinated my shrimp in a little olive oil, a pinch of salt, smoked paprika, dried mint, and Old Bay Seasoning & grilled it on my grill pan)
thin slices of lemon, halved, for garnish
fresh dill, for garnish

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the yogurt, half-and-half, cucumbers, red onion, scallions, salt, and pepper. Transfer the mixture in batches to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Process until the cucumbers are coarsely pureed and then pour into another bowl. Continue processing the soup until all of it is pureed. Fold in the dill, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, until very cold.

Just before serving, stir in the lemon juice. Serve chilled, garnished with the shrimp, lemon, and fresh dill.

Notes/Results: I really like this soup--it is extremely cooling and satisfying without being heavy. I didn't miss the extra salt, black pepper, and lemon and felt that the soup would have had way too much of those flavors rather than being nicely balanced with the cucumbers and dill, present and not overpowered. Marinating and grilling the shrimp adds a lot to the flavor and I think the skewers are fun. If you aren't a shrimp person--a chicken kabob for carnivores or a skewer of roasted tomatoes would be a great alternative, as would coconut milk and non-dairy Greek yogurt if you wanted to keep it dairy free. It says to chill at least 2 hours and I would say that even longer is better--so it gets really cold and the flavor meld. This soup made for a great Sunday lunch, I would happily make it again.

Linking up with I Heart Cooking Clubs for this week's Potluck theme. 

 Lets take a look into the Souper Sundays kitchen.

My lovely friend Tina of Squirrel Head Manor joins in again this week with her Hybrid Corn, Tomato Seafood Chowder. She says, "When Doug grills we will on occasion have some leftover fish.  I save it, freeze it, until I have enough for chowder. Since I have posted about fish chowder before I wasn't going to link up again with the same-old-same-old. But! Since our corn and tomato soup needed a bump, we decided to combine the two soups. It worked out very well. I still had a bit of baguette left so we just packed that with the two versions of soup for our lunch."

Mahalo, Tina--for joining in this week!
About Souper Sundays:

Souper Sundays (going since 2008) now has a format of a picture link each week where anyone interested can post their soups, salads, or sandwiches at any time during the week and I post a recap of the entries the following week.

(If you aren't familiar with Souper Sundays, you can read about of the origins of it here.

If you would like to join in Souper (Soup, Salad, and Sammie) Sundays, I would love to have you! Here's how...

To join in this week's Souper Sunday's linkup with your soup, salad or sandwich:

  • Link up your soup (stew, chili, soupy curries, etc. are fine), salad, or sandwich dish, (preferably one from the current week or month--but we'll take older posts too) on the picture link below and leave a comment on this post so I am sure not to miss you. Also please see below for what to do on your blog post that you link up her in order to be included in the weekly round-up.

On your entry post (on your blog):
  • Mention Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammies) Sundays at Kahakai Kitchen and link back to this post. (Not to be a pain but it's polite and only fair to link back to events you link up at--so if you link a post up here without linking back to it on your post, it will be removed.)
  • You are welcome to add the Souper Sundays logo to your post and/or blog (optional).

Have a happy, healthy week!


  1. Just linked up a salad. I think the idea of serving the shrimp with this chilled soup is amazing. I always think of chilled soups as either a pre meal dish or a dessert. Making it a whole meal is a wonderful idea!

  2. There you go again - showing off your magazine worthy photography skills with Souper Sunday! LOL Thanks for the great comment on my submission last week.
    This cold soup is just the ticket for the awful humid weather. We both have it, in Hawaii and Florida.

  3. Oh, I've never had this but want to try it. It sounds delicious!

  4. Oh,Ina! The cucumber soup definitely doesn't need that much salt! What in the world...that's got to be a typo. I'm happy that you caught that and saved your soup! I'm with you, I think the skewer of shrimp is the perfect combination but I also love your idea of skewered tomato or tomato garnish. Perfect for summer.

    Love to see Tina drawing inspiration from her Chowder book. Great idea to save bits of fish to add to chowder later. Looks like a great summer chowder, if ever there was one!

  5. After the hot and humid 90 degree weather we had all week, I understand why a cooling cucumber soup with yogurt is so popular in the hot Middle Eastern countries. Your photos and the soup look amazing


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