Made with Greek yogurt and delightfully refreshing, this cold avocado soup is creamy and flavorful.
It makes the perfect summertime lunch, and it's also very easy to make! Leftovers are great too.
Cold soups are a lifesaver in the summer, when you just can't bring yourself to heat up the oven or cook over a hot stove.
This avocado soup is delicious and so refreshing. While the concept may seem unusual, it actually makes sense that this particular fruit would work well in a soup - after all, it's wonderfully creamy and flavorful. 🥑
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this tasty soup. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
Avocado: The avocado you use should be ripe. I recommend using Haas avocadoes - they are exceptionally creamy and not as watery or fibrous as some of the other varieties.
Lemon juice: Helps prevent the avocado from browning. You can use lime if you wish.
Cilantro: Adds wonderful flavor to the soup, so I wouldn't skip it. I also wouldn't try to replace the fresh herb with dried. It just won't be the same.
Garlic: Mince it yourself or use the stuff that comes in a jar. Both work, although freshly minced does taste better.
Greek yogurt: Plain full-fat is best. I don't recommend using low-fat yogurt in this recipe.
To season: I use kosher salt, black pepper, ground cumin, and cayenne pepper.
Water: To thin out the soup and bring it to the perfect consistency.
Making this avocado soup is easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
You start by placing all the ingredients in your food processor and processing them until very smooth.
Now, check the consistency and, if desired, add more water. How thin or thick you want the soup is purely up to you and a matter of personal preference.
The last step is to chill the soup before serving. This allows the flavors to meld, and the soup also tastes better when it's chilled.
While you could serve the soup right away, keeping it in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving it allows the flavors to meld and greatly improves its texture and flavor. It does taste better when it's cold. So I highly recommend that you don't skip this step.
Frequently asked questions
I don't recommend that. For the best texture and flavor, I highly recommend that you use whole-milk Greek yogurt in this recipe.
You can use regular unstrained yogurt instead of Greek yogurt, but then you'll need to use less water. So you'll have to experiment and see what works. I have only tested this recipe with Greek yogurt.
Yes. The cayenne is purely optional. It was a last-minute decision to add it. But I do like the subtle kick that it adds to the soup, and it doesn't make the soup overly spicy, in my opinion.
I love this recipe as is and almost always make it as written. But in case you'd like to vary the basic recipe, here are a few ideas for you:
- You can use lime juice instead of lemon juice. The difference in flavor will be very subtle.
- For a truly rich experience, try using sour cream instead of Greek yogurt.
- A pinch of smoked paprika adds an interesting layer of flavor to this soup.
This tasty soup makes a great appetizer. But I often prepare a bowl of it for my lunch. It's rich, creamy, and very satiating, so it's very appropriate as a light summer meal.
I never tried to keep leftovers of this soup, so I'm not sure how it would hold up. The lemon juice should prevent the avocado from turning brown.
So I assume it's fine to keep leftovers for a day or two and mix them again before serving. But as I said, I never actually tried it so I'm not sure.
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- 1 medium Haas avocado ripe, diced (6 oz without refuse)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro plus a few leaves for garnish
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
- 1 cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt (I use Fage 5%)
- 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- ½ cup cold water plus more as needed
- Place all the ingredients in your food processor, starting with ½ cup water. Process until very smooth, about 1 minute, stopping once to scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
- Check the consistency and, if desired, add up to ¼ cup more water and process to combine.
- Divide the soup among 4 individual bowls. Refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes.
- Mix again, garnish with cilantro leaves and serve.