Cucumber and Pea Soup Recipe | Summer Gazpacho

Whenever it gets over 30°C I start to melt, Wicked Witch style (capital letters fully intended). All I seem to crave is light salads, buckets of iced water and green vegetables. Enter stage left this cucumber and pea soup recipe.

Cucumber and Pea Soup Recipe

The other 36°C (that’s almost 100°F!) day I had a fridge/cupboard rummage and it was like  a light bulb went off (not just the fridge light, I mean.) I adore cucumbers – often just slicing them up as a snack, and peas are definitely at the top of my vegetable top 5 (hello sugarsnap/mangetout!) so I decided to combine the two in a twist on a summer gazpacho.

Whilst researching this post, I discovered that cucumber soup is a traditional Polish and Lithuanian dish. It is made from sour salted cucumbers and potato, where rice is occasionally substituted for the potatoes. A similar soup is also common in Russia and Ukraine, where it is known as rassolnik.

Cucumber and Pea Soup Recipe  

Oh, and this recipe requires the absolute minimum of effort – just chop, whizz and chill for an hour before you eat. Just what you need when the temperature is arching.

Cucumber and Pea Soup Recipe

Cucumber and Pea Soup

Serves 4

2 cucumbers

4 cups shucked peas (I just thaw good frozen peas)

400ml coconut cream/evaporated cream/sour cream/natural greek yoghurt

Juice of 1 lime

A small bunch of fresh mint (I only had dried which worked well) or coriander

Salt & Pepper to taste

Optional: You favourite seafood – pictured: eel or almond slices

  1. Roughly chop 1/2 the cucumber then add along with peas, coconut cream and fresh mint to your blender.
  2. Blend until smooth (directions perfect for a hot summer day, I feel).
  3. Finely dice or julienne the rest of the cucumber (set aside a few slices for garnishing) and add to the soup.
  4. Slip it in the fridge for an hour or so.
  5. Serve flourished with cucumber slices, a swirl of coconut cream and a few leaves of fresh mint/coriander.

Just add good company, a picnic blanket and a bottle of freshly chilled rosé.

This cucumber and pea soup makes for a deliciously light summer lunch – and it’s so easily scalable. Click here for more summer lunch recipes that will tantilise your tastebuds…

What’s your favourite summer dish?

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Cucumber and pea soup

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