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Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho

cucumber avocado gazpacho

You will find this cool and creamy cucumber avocado soup refreshing on a hot summer day.  I’ve been drinking it all weekend and experimenting with it along the way.

I tried making it with raw garlic, which did not go down as smoothly as I thought it would, so I eliminated that ingredient.  However I did leave in the raw onion as it added a very sharp yet sweet flavor.

According to my first friend in the entire world, Amy Merideth (we go back to age 2) this recipe is an optimal way to use up leftover cucumbers, which apparently her mom, Beth, has a lot of.  It’s also a nice way to rehydrate yourself after a long day in the hot summer’s sun.

Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho

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  • 1 small avocado
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and de-seeded, plus additional cuke for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup water
  • smoked paprika, to garnish
  1. Throw avocado, cucumber, onion, oil, lemon juice, vinegar and water in vitamix
  2. Puree on high speed until smooth
  3. Blend in salt and chili powder
  4. Serve, garnishing with extra cucumber cubes and smoked paprika if desired

Serves 2

Now and then I like to highlight reader’s comments that are especially captivating.  Here’s a favorite, that I just received a few days ago, from Kristin; she describes a conversation with her 5 year old daughter and it’s a real gem.

“Hey Mom, did you bake without me?”
“Sorry hon, I wanted to try a new Elana recipe.”
“Well, what’s in ‘em?”
“Almond meal, flax meal, eggs, dates, raisins.”
“Hmm. That’s all? No agave?”  “Nope.”
“Well, the dates and the raisins give them a really nice sweetness.  Mild, but good.  I love them, even if you did make them without me.”


posted on August 3, 2009

  1. Wow, this sounds so delicious and like a wonderful way to use some of my many cucumbers from my CSA! I will be making this for lunch tomorrow- can’t wait!

  2. Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet @ thenourishinggourmet.com

    I love gazpacho So refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day!

  3. Hannah (Hannah's Harvest) @ hannahs-harvest.blogspot.com

    This sounds amazing, I’m leading a cleanse right now and this is one I will share with everyone!!!

    I love the reader comment, my son would have the same reaction to me baking with out him!

  4. Christiane

    Mmmm… this sounds wonderful!
    I just made your coconut cupcakes and used cut up strawberries in them in place of the blueberries and raspberries. Wow! So good.

  5. This looks soo tasty! I can’t wait to try this :) I need to go get some more avocados…

  6. Ahh, too bad the raw garlic version didn’t work out – I’m a garlic fanatic!! But hey, anything with avocados is a winner to me, so I’m still all over that soup :-D

  7. It has been pretty hot here in Seattle lately so I have been experimenting with cold soups. I just recently posted a recipe for traditional tomato gazpacho but have never though of making a cucumber avocado version. I love both of those so I am sure this would be delicious!

  8. gfe-gluten free easily @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    I would love that. Cucumbers are so cooling and great to eat by themselves, so in this soup they must be really terrific. Kinda funny on the garlic because I’ve experienced the same thing before. It goes so well with so many recipes, but every now and then it can actually ruin a recipe.

    Thanks for sharing the conversation between mother and daughter! That young lady sounds like an informed consumer. :-) Another one who is learning about all things food early, like your sons … just wonderful.

  9. Kristin

    Elana –
    It was sweet to see the conversation with my daughter highlighted! Your cookbook arrived today, and my 8 year old and I made your lemon bars. I didn’t have enough lemons, so we used a combination of lemons and limes. They were the best lemon bars I have ever had, gluten-free or otherwise!
    Thanks!

  10. Sharon

    It sounds wonderful! I am so excited to have some gazpacho without tomatoes!! Much as I love them they do not love me. “-(

  11. Emily

    Besides being delicious to eat, gazpacho is just a fun word to say! Gazpacho! I actually didn’t know what it was until last week my physical therapist mentioned she thought it was a recipe I could eat. So I have been googling for gazpacho recipes. I think this is the one I am going to go with because of the addition of avocado, love those green healthy fats!
    Thanks for sharing that sweet comment about mother and daughter, oh so precious!

  12. Amy Green - Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free @ simplysugarandglutenfree.com

    I must agree – juiced cucumbers are one of my favorite ways to rehydrate after a being out in the Texas heat. I also love to juice them with celery and spinach.

  13. Verde

    I was just rejected from a gazpacho class because the instructor uses cilantro (which I despise). I was so sad because I’ve been so excited about delving into the gazpacho world this summer but in all my searching around I haven’t seen even one recipe that has cilantro yet the teacher insists it can’t be left out.

    So I’m especially glad to see this one especially since I just finished a chunky cucumber, onion, avocado salad with a small heirloom tomato and yes, raw garlic (though it wasn’t blended but it also could be the variety which I’ve found can be very different from each other — I ate a whole bulb the other day of a purple variety raw and by itself, just nibbling on the cloves directly). I also added a splash of champagne vinegar, some sea salt and ground cumin. Gosh it was good and satisfying and cooling. So your soup sounds fabulous!

    • Paulette

      Do you like parsley? Maybe you could use it instead since you don’t like cilantro. My husband doesn’t like it much either but I love it. I have a row of it in my garden. Have a great week.

  14. Joelle

    I just made this, and the kids really liked it. So refreshing and yummy. Too bad I didn’t have some fresh lemonade. Two of the kids heated it up and liked it better that way than cold. The 20 month old didn’t like it so much. My 11 year old asked, “Mom, what’s in this?” and the baby said, “Caca!” Nice….= ) What timing he has. He’s a clown.

  15. Paulette

    Elana,
    I have 5 or 6 avacado just waiting for me to do something with and surprisingly I have all the other ingredients for the gazpacho. I just checked my email and found your delicious recipe but unfortunately I have to wait until tomorrow to try it. It’s 12:10 am and I need to get to bed so I can get up early and make it. I’m drooling just thinking about eating it. I’ll let you know tomorrow how it turns out.

  16. Jennifer (Savor) @ savorthethyme.blogspot.com

    I am making this tomorrow but not in a vita-mix. Keep teasing and you may need to get me one. HAHA

  17. Sharon

    I was thrilled to see a gazpacho recipe without tomatoes!! I made this tonight and it is just wonderful! I threw some Thai basil into a little of it to see how it would change the flavor — made the flavors a bit more complex but not noticeably different. This is so simple I know I’ll be making this whenever avocados are cost-effective. :-D

  18. Jodi Plum

    Dear Elana,
    I am eating your Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho soup as I am typing this comment. It is absolutely wonderful! I want to take this time to thank you for sharing your recipes. You truly have a gift and your website has been a major blessing to me as I am sure to many others who are looking for good recipes to accommodate specific health needs. I discovered your web site about a year ago soon after I started the candida diet. I was just learning about alternative flours, sweeteners and even the idea of a raw diet. One day while I was Googling recipes, your site came up for chocolate chip cookies and you have been bookmarked ever since that day! I feel comfortable knowing that your recipes are good for you pretty easy to digest. I am still struggling with some issues and was so excited to see this raw gazpacho soup! So cleansing, alkalizing, easy to digest and yummy! You really take the frustration out of finding good things to eat! I hope to see more raw “meals” soon. Many blessings to you and your family!
    Jodi Plum

    • Sylvie @ Noneyet

      These words were almost taken out of my mouth but I too love this website and find Elana so inspirational and love her writing style. It is so exciting eating food that taste great and is good for you. I am glad to have discovered her book/recipes while my kids are very young so I can keep them healthy with tasty and nutritious snacks! Well done Elana, your name has become very popular in our house lately!

  19. Erica

    The cucumber gazpacho is one of my favorite soups. I also make it with spinach in the winter. Yumm!

  20. Rachael

    I never comment but today I just have to. I am sitting here eating this soup thinking how amazing it is. My whole family loves it. My nine year old son called me an amazing cook after he ate this. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes you have provided me and my family.

  21. Megan

    I just made this…delicious!! Love it to bits…even my mom, who hates cold soup therefore gazpacho, complimented me and the recipe. Can’t wait to make more of your recipes!!

  22. Sylvie @ Noneyet

    I made this soup last night and I was inspired to try it as the previous cucumber soup recipe I had seen was using yogurt. I thought it was very clever to use an avocado instead to maintain the creamy texture. It was refreshing indeed and I was impressed once again at the simplicity and awesome end result that Elana’s recipe provide!

  23. This is delish, I hope it keeps to the next day, I made it tonight, but will eat tomorrow afternoon as a snack!

    I followed your recipe exact except just a tad more salt. Perfect summer soup :)

  24. Christine

    Great recipe, I cannot wait to try it this weekend. How long is the shelf life of this soup?

  25. Carol

    New to all of this. Are split peas acceptable in the Paleo diet?
    Thanks Elana.

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