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Chilled Mint Yogurt Cucumber Soup

Yield Makes 4 cups


  • 1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely diced (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint
  • Garnish: fresh whole chives, extra-virgin olive oil

How to Make It

  1. Combine cucumber and 1/2 teaspoon salt; let stand 15 minutes, and do not drain.

  2. Mince garlic with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt; stir garlic mixture and pepper into yogurt. Stir in mint. Add cucumber and its liquid to yogurt mixture, stirring gently. Garnish with chives and drizzle with olive oil.