Chilled Avgolemono Soup

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs

This lemony Greek hot-soup classic becomes a cool summer refresher laced with dill and minus the eggs.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ medium onion, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • cup long-grain rice

  • 2 ½ cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock

  • 2 ½ cups water

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 3 lemons)

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Add rice, and stir to coat. Add stock and water; bring to a simmer. Cook, covered, until rice is tender, about 20 minutes.

  2. Prepare an ice-water bath. Working in 2 batches, puree soup in a blender until smooth. (For safety, remove cap from hole in lid, and cover with a dish towel to prevent spattering.) Transfer mixture to a bowl set in ice bath; let stand for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in lemon juice, dill, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt; season with pepper.

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