Light and easy indoor picnics #8

Yield: 4 servings

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SERVES: 4

This light soup uses low-fat yogurt as the base in place of the more traditional sour cream. Not much salt is needed since the flavor of the soup is enhanced naturally with the fresh herbs. INGREDIENTS: 1 large "European" hothouse cucumber, split and coarsely chopped, or 2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped 3 tablespoons freshly chopped mint 2 large scallions, green and white parts included 1½ tablespoons freshly snipped dill 1 clove garlic, crushed and peeled 2 cups non-fat or low-fat yogurt Salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste GARNISHES: Sliced cucumbers, sliced radishes, chopped scallions, and grated hard-cooked egg (optional) PREPARATION: 1. In a food processor or blender process the cucumber, mint, scallions, dill, and garlic until well-combined but not smooth.

Add the yogurt and continue to puree until smooth. 2. Chill for 4-6 hours or overnight. 3. Adjust seasonings and serve the soup with the accompanying garnishes of cucumbers, radishes, scallions and egg.

COOKING NOTES: Fresh mint is much more pungent than dried. However, bunches of fresh mint can be wrapped in foil and frozen. Just cut off what you need and chop. Cucumbers should be stored separately from fruits and vegetables which produce ripening ethylene gas, such as tomatoes, pears and peaches. Cucumbers, a relative of melons, are very high in water, giving them refreshing properties that no doubt prompted the description "cool asa cucumber."If you are fortunate enough to pick up the little pickling cucumbers,they are crisper, have less water, and can be substituted successfully. You can use 5 small ones in place of the large European cucumber. They similarly don't need peeling since they are unlikely to have wax on them.

Copyright © 1995 Laurie Burrows Grad. All rights reserved.

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Submitted By SAM LEFKOWITZ On 05-23-95

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