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Cool Cucumber Celery and Avocado Soup

Don’t throw away that limp cucumber or celery!  Do your part for Earth Day by reducing kitchen waste, and make some cool cucumber soup. This cold summer soup is full of cucumber, celery, and avocado and it’s so refreshing on a hot summer day.

Happy Earth Day friends!  In honor of earth day, this post is all about ways to reduce food waste.  While I was thinking about what to write about for this post, I sadly realized that I kind of, sort of, might be guilty of wasting some food.  And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone.

According to Grace Communications Foundation, which works to increase awareness of many different food, health, and environmental issues, we in the U.S. throw away about 40% of our food supply every year.  Wow.  I hope I’m not that bad – I don’t think I am, but that statistic really made me pause.

I’m not so bad with bread (I don’t buy that much, and I usually make breadcrumbs or croutons), or dairy foods (I’m addicted to lattes and Greek yogurt so it goes fast), And my friends are always happy to finish off any cheese as long as there’s wine.

But produce – that’s an issue for me.  I so often buy things that look so pretty in the market. I almost always have a good plan for it, but like most of you, I’m guessing, the day, and then the week, gets away from me.  

Before I know it, there are moldy herbs, limp celery, squishy avocados, and hairy carrots at the back of the produce drawer.  Sound familiar?

I love this graphic about creative ways to use up some of that produce that frequently goes to waste.

Tips to reduce food waste

After looking at all of these great ideas, I was inspired to use up the limp celery and almost too ripe avocado that was hiding in my fridge.

Cool Cucumber Celery and Avocado Soup|Craving Something Healthy

This week I happened to buy leeks because they just looked so springy, and an English cucumber, because it’s just something I buy each week. So much green in my refrigerator!

This chilled cucumber soup tastes like a big, fresh salad, that you can slurp up with a spoon. And it takes just minutes to make.

Cool Cucumber Celery and Avocado Soup|Craving Something Healthy

Cool Cucumber Celery and Avocado Soup

A cool refreshing summer soup
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegetarian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 242kcal
Author: Craving Something Healthy

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 leek light green part only, washed wall and sliced thin
  • 3 celery stalks diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 unpeeled English or seedless cucumber
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt optional

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a medium-size pot on medium-high heat, and add the leeks, celery and garlic.
  • Saute the vegetables until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken or vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
  • Chill the soup well, and then transfer it to a blender. Add about half of the cucumber and cilantro and blend well to combine.
  • Add half of the avocado and Greek yogurt if using, and blend again until the soup is smooth.
  • Stir in the additional diced cucumber, cilantro and avocado and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 625mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 677IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg
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Happy Earth Day friends!

Eat well!

16 Comments

  1. Such a yummy bowl of soup! I too am guilty (like many) of food waste, and my kids don’t help the matter either. I am trying to get more serious about using up the food we have-especially those veggies that get limp and sad. I’d love to recreate your soup recipe w/ my veggies on hand-it looks delicious!

    1. Thanks so much EA! I am definitely more aware of food waste since that post!

    1. Thanks Lauren! I can’t take credit for it – found it from GRACE communications on a google search!

    1. Thanks Julie! I love some of the tips they give to use them up! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. That’s such a sad statistic and I’m really trying to be better about food waste – love that graphic and this recipe idea. Perfect for your climate in AZ!!

    1. Thanks Deanna! I agree it’s super-SAD! I am trying to be better though 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Jessica!!

  3. This looks so great Anne! I love the color and that infographic is amazing! How about you bring the soup and I’ll bring the pineapple?!

    1. They’re just so creamy and delicious, and they make a lovely soup base!

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