Next to ice cream, soup is probably one of my favorite things to prepare in the kitchen. There are some basic rules and techniques that go into good soup making (most important: always have homemade stock on hand) but once you have the formula in place it leaves room for endless experimentation. Summer is a perfect time to enjoy cold soups and this healthy tomatillo avocado soup is a refreshing yet filling meal.
I pretty much lifted this recipe from Martha Stewart but with a key change. She uses yogurt to thicken the soup and then adds chopped avocado for garnish. I omitted the yogurt completely and instead use the avocado as a thickener. It provide a rich creaminess without the added dairy. This soup has so many flavorful ingredients that in my opinion the tanginess of yogurt takes away from its fresh qualities. In this case, less is more. I prepared my version with homemade chicken stock but the recipe can easily be made vegan by using vegetable stock.
- 1 pound tomatillos, hulled and washed
- 2 garlic cloves
- optional: 1 jalapeno pepper
- 1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped (approximately 1 medium cucumber)
- ¼ cup shallot, chopped
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- ½ cup chicken or vegetable stock, preferably homemade
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water
- 1 avocado
- Preheat the broiler and place an oven rack in the top position. Line a baking sheet with foil. Broil the tomatillos, garlic and jalapeno (if using) on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Keep an eye on the vegetables while they're broiling to make sure they don't burn. Turn the ingredients over and broil for another 5 minutes. The tomatillos should be brown in spots and will have started releasing juices. Remove from the oven.
- Add the tomatillos, garlic, jalapeno, cucumber, shallot, cilantro, stock, lime juice, salt and water to a blender. Pit the avocado and scoop the flesh into the blender as well. Puree until very smooth.
- Pour the soup into a large bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving to allow to flavors to blend.