This soup comes together as simply as a smoothie – a nourishing, creamy and satisfying yet cold avocado and cucumber soup with hints of ginger root.
I love curling up with a mug of warm soup (or just straight-up chicken broth!) and a book in the cold winter months. Thus, when the weather turns warmer I find myself missing soup like an old friend, and to be honest and a little nerdy, my joints miss the nourishing chicken broth base too. But this can easily be remedied with an easy no-cook cold soup. (Well, technically the broth has already been cooked, but if you have that on hand, you’re all set.)
As many of you know, back in 2010 I was diagnosed by a Functional Medicine doctor with Gut Dysbiosis (a.k.a. Leaky Gut Syndrome) and a severe case of Candida (overgrowth of yeast in the small intestine). On my path to heal I had to eliminate a lot of foods that were contributing to the problem, but my doctor also specified that I had to add foods to aid the healing process taking place in my gut. Eliminating problematic foods would only get me so far. One healing food that I introduced heavily was homemade chicken broth. Don’t worry if you don’t have homemade broth on hand. Store-bought will certainly work too, just be sure to buy a variety with low sodium, so you can control the salt.
There are minimal ingredients in this light and fresh soup, just as it should be. Generous amounts of cucumber, ginger and lemon keep it refreshing, while the avocado, chicken broth and coconut milk make it creamy and take the nutrition up quite a bit.
As I write this, I’m picturing myself enjoying this soup out on our deck right now, because all food tastes better outside according to my daughter. I’m pretty sure she’s right.
I hope you enjoy!
Special Diet Recipe Modifications:
- AIP – omit pumpkin seeds as garnish
- Avocados – The nutrient rich part of an avocado is in the meat right near the skin. Be diligent about getting all of that dark green goodness into your soup.
- Chicken Broth – Here’s my homemade chicken stock and broth recipe. If you’re in a pinch for time a high-quality store-bought broth or stock will work! Don’t stress! I recommend adding collagen peptides into any store bought chicken stock to take the healthy collagen up a notch.
- Pumpkin Seeds – When seeds are sprouted, the nutrients are more bioavailable meaning they actually get into your bloodstream.
- 1 medium cucumber, washed and deseeded (I leave the skin on for nutrition and color, but it's not necessary.)
- 1 medium avocado
- 2 cups homemade chicken broth *
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
- ¾ teaspoon grated fresh ginger or 1¼ dried ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- pumpkin seeds to garnish (Omit if on Paleo AIP. Allowed if just Paleo.)
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Add a little extra chicken broth or coconut milk if you'd prefer the consistency to be lighter.