“Live” Avocado-Cucumber Soup


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Here’s a great summer recipe from Candle 79 Cookbook: Modern Vegan Classics from New York’s Premier Sustainable Restaurant — “Live” Avocado-Cucumber Soup (“Live” meaning uncooked or raw)



(Serves 4 to 6)


  • 2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted and peeled and diced
  • 4 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded, and finely diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro, plus cilantro sprigs for garnish
  • 2 TBL fresh lime juice
  • 2 TBL fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 julienned radish, for garnish
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips, for garnish
  • 1/2 cup fresh corn kernels, for garnish


1. Put the avocados, cucumbers, jalapeño pepper, cilantro, lime juice, lemon juice, water and salt in a blender and process until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings if necessary. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour

2. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and garnish each serving with the radish, bell pepper, corn and a cilantro sprig.