Vegetarian Fast and Fancy
by Renny Darling

Celebrating the rich diversity of vegetables and aromatic herbs, this cookbook provides recipes that are quick and easy. The basic premise is to create delicious, healthy meals with minimum effort and in the least amount of time. This easy soup is refreshing and full of summery flavor.
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Cucumber and Chive Soup with Lemon and Dill

  • 3 medium cucumbers
  • 1/3 cup chopped chives
  • 1 cup plain non-fat yogurt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • Pinch of salt
  • Garnish: 1 tablespoon each, chopped chives and minced parsley

    Peel and halve lengthwise the cucumbers. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Cut the cucumbers into 1" chunks. Finely chop cucumbers in food processor and drain. In a large bowl, stir together cucumbers with the next six ingredients until blended. Refrigerate until serving time. Serve in glass bowls with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of chopped chives and parsley. Serves 4 to 6.

  • Recipe Seeds: Chives, Dill, Exotic Novelty Cucumbers, Greenhouse English-types Cucumbers, Pickling Cucumbers, Slicing Cucumbers