Every summer table calls for a fast and easy cold soup! Ever wonder what to do with all of those fresh garden cucumbers? Here’s a quick and easy cucumber and avocado gazpacho recipe that’s not only keto, but also low-FODMAP, AIP, Paleo, and Whole30 compliant!
Oh how I love cucumbers! I grow them every summer and look forward to their crunch. But certainly this recipe isn’t reserved for the summer months. This Easy Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho is so delish and super healthy that it could be a staple any time of year. If you grow your own veggies, this recipe is a great way to use up the prolific cukes that fill the fridge. And if you have some left after giving a ton away to your neighbors, you can pass along the recipe, too! Take a look at more Vegetarian Recipes, and especially Salads to use up those cucumbers! An Easy Lebanese Fattoush Salad would be a great option.
Some Nutritional Highlights for Cucumbers
These humble fruits are mostly water and fiber – like almost 95% water. However, they pack along some essential vitamins and minerals such as B6, B1, Vitamin A, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium and other trace minerals. Many people peel their cucumbers, but the skin is actually high in Vitamin C, so skip the peeling process if you can.
Cukes are also high in silica and sulfur, which are minerals that benefit tendons, ligaments, hair and nails.
Chinese Medicine Perspective
While I tend to eat cucumbers throughout the year, I definitely tend to consume them most in summer. I really like to eat ‘with the seasons’, but sometimes my body benefits from the cooling energy cucumbers provide, even in the cold months.
Usually cucumbers are excellent in helping to treat hot and dry conditions. In Chinese Medicine, they nourish the Yin energy and help to replenish fluids. This attribute can make them a good dietary addition for deficiency heat patterns like hot flashes in menopause.
Cucumbers can also be beneficial for some conditions of ‘heat in the middle burner’, which can manifest as heartburn, acid reflux and ulcers. As part of this pattern sometimes folks will have bad breath, which can sometimes be alleviated by adding in some cucumber!
People with a sore or dry throat and lungs can also benefit from the cooling nature of the lovely cuke. Since these fruit nourish the yin, they can help to generate fluids in the lungs, which in Chinese Medicine, are directly connected to the throat and sinuses. Having fluid balance in the lungs will influence and help decrease dryness in the throat and nose.
I have a few versions of this recipe: AIP, with nightshades, and a chunky version. Honestly, there are many fruits and veggies that could be added – it’s hard to mess it up! It’s nice to switch things up sometimes – never the same gazpacho twice! This one does turn out green, but don’t let the color dissuade you from trying it – it’s divine!
Other recipes you might like
- Fish Soup with Turnip and Fennel
- Pineapple Habanero Salsa
- Toad in the Hole Recipe
- Pina Colada Panna Cotta with Pineapple and Lime
- Pisto Manchego
- Radish salsa with cilantro
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Cucumber Gazpacho with Avocado
- 5 lemon cucumbers (or 2 large green cucumbers)
- 1 avocado (medium)
- ½ cup cilantro (fresh)
- ½ lime (juice only)
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil (leaves only)
- 2 green onions (green part only for low FODMAP)
- 2 teaspoons sea salt (or to taste)
- Chop the cucumber and avocado into small chunks.
- Slice green onions into about 1 inch pieces.
- Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
- Add some balsamic vinagar to the recipe. I added about 2 teaspoons; Top each serving with 1 teaspoon of avocado oil or MCT oil for some extra healthy fats.
- Add melon, mango, tomatoes, peppers or tomatillos. It all depends on what diet you are following. Enjoy playing!
- For a thinner soup (or to make it a smoothie!), try adding a carrot or some celery (careful with this add for low-FODMAP) or some coconut milk.
- To make a chunky version, puree half of the cucumber with the green onion, sea salt, lime and basil and add the remaining ingredients chopped.
*Net carbs = carbohydrates – fiber
Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools and does not include optional ingredients unless otherwise indicated.
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