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Chilled Yogurt-Spinach Soup with Shrimp

Greek yogurt and cucumbers make a healthful chilled soup.

  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: Makes 5 cups

Photography: Antonis Achilleos

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2005


  • 1 1/2 cucumbers (about 1 pound), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 containers (7 ounces each) plain low-fat Greek yogurt (2 percent)
  • 1 3/4 cups low-sodium store-bought chicken broth
  • 2 scallions (white and pale-green parts cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces, dark-green parts julienned)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped plus 1 teaspoon red onion
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon, freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 pound rock shrimp, rinsed well


  1. Stir together cucumbers, half the yogurt, 3/4 cup broth, the pieces of scallions, and 1 teaspoon salt; season with pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add garlic; cook until just golden, about 1 minute. Add spinach; cook, stirring, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Stir into yogurt mixture.

  2. Working in batches, puree mixture in a food processor. Transfer to a large bowl, and stir in remaining yogurt, the onion, and lemon juice. Refrigerate, covered, until cold, about 1 hour.

  3. Meanwhile, put remaining cup broth, 3/4 cup water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan; season with pepper. Bring to a boil. Add the shrimp; cook until pink and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain. Refrigerate the shrimp, covered, until cold, about 1 hour. Divide the soup and shrimp among 4 bowls. Garnish with julienned scallions.

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