Ingredients

Chilled Cucumber Soup

3 large cucumbers (1 kg) peeled or with skin if organic

65g tahini

2 tbs olive oil

2 lemons (grate the zest), and take out juice

2 garlic cloves (crushed)

¼ tsp chilli flakes

100g ice cubes

20g mint leaves

20g parsley leaves

Salt and pepper

1 tomato, diced with seeds and skin removed.

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

3 tbs olive oil

40g pumpkin seeds

1 tsp cumin powder

¼ tsp chilli flakes

Introduction

This is a Middle Eastern dish – rich, creamy and vegan. Tahini is a white sesame paste which can compensate many dishes with its creamy texture, provide excellent nourishment and taste. The cucumber and herbs will provide freshness and lightness to the dish. It’s a perfect meal addition for a summer day.

Inspired by vegan cooking ideas with taste and nutrition, I enjoy this dish and love the addition of spiced pumpkin seeds giving the crunch. It’s completely waste-free as all the parts of the cucumber is used to create this lovely soup. This soup can be made even a day earlier and kept chilled in the fridge. Remember to garnish only before serving.

Method

Prepare the garnish

  • Cut 1 cucumber in half lengthwise, scoop the seeds part and dice
  • Cut and dice the tomato
  • Keep half of mint and parsley aside
  • Prepare the spiced pumpkin seeds by placing all the ingredients in a frying pan and bring to medium heat
  • Cook for around 8 minutes

Prepare the soup

  • Place the cucumber in rough chunks in a blender including the scooped inside portion
  • Add the tahini
  • Add the oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, chilli flakes, salt and pepper, mint and parsley
  • Add the ice cubes and blend well. It should be completely smooth. If not serving immediately, keep in fridge until ready to serve

Prepare to serve

  • Place the cucumber in rough chunks in a blender including the scooped inside portion
  • Add the tahini
  • Add the oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, chilli flakes, salt and pepper, mint and parsley
  • Add the ice cubes and blend well. It should be completely smooth. If not serving immediately, keep in fridge until ready to serve.

 

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