COLD CUCUMBER & SMOKED SALMON SOUP
This is a simple refreshing & tasty summer soup that can be prepared in 30 minutes
INGREDIENTS (SERVES 4)
1 FINELY CHOPPED WHITE ONION
2 LARGE CUCUMBERS (refrigerated)
100ml NATURAL GREEK YOGURT
2 MEDIUM SIZED GHERKINS
4 SOUP SPOONS GHERKIN BRINE
2-3 JNIPER BERRIES
4-8 SMOKED SALMON SLICES
DILL LEAVES FOR GARNISH OR CHIVES
SALT & PEPPER (or Cayenne pepper for that extra kick)
On medium heat sauté the onions & juniper berries till the onions are soft and slightly amber in colour… allow to cool before use.
Use a vegetable peeler to peel 6-8 thin slices of cucumber (lengthwise)
Cut these in half, roll them on themselves, insert a toothpick to hold in place & put away or refrigerate, these will be used for garnish.
Same method can be used for the smoked salmon, cut in half and roll.
Peel the skin off the rest of the cucumbers, chop them all up & place in a blender, add the onions, yogurt, brine & a small sprig of dill.
Blend all till it turns into a creamy smooth liquid, season to taste (more yoghurt can be added if preferred)
If all the ingredients were refrigerated, this summery cold soup can be served instantly into plates or bowls, garnished with the cucumber & salmon rolls plus croutons & dill
In the case that the ingredients used are at room temperature, allow the mixture to rest in a refrigerator for at least 1 hour.