Avocado, Cucumber, and Tomatillo Soup


This room-temperature soup is inspired by the California avocado groves.


  • 2 scallions, white and green, trimmed and thinly sliced

  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves

  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving

  • 7 tomatillos, husks removed, washed and quartered, plus 4 to 5, halved, for garnish

  • 2 large cucumbers (2 pounds), peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into half-inch pieces (reserve some for garnish)

  • 2 ripe Haas avocados (8 ounces each)

  • 1 1/2 cups homemade chicken stock

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

  • ½ teaspoon green Tabasco

  • 1 baguette

  • cup creme fraiche or sour cream


  1. Place the scallions and cilantro in blender, and blend until smooth. Add the lime juice, tomatillos, and cucumbers; blend until smooth. Peel the avocados, remove pits, and cut into large chunks. Transfer to blender. Add the stock, salt, pepper, and Tabasco; blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides once or twice. Taste for seasoning. Transfer the soup to a nonreactive container. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing down so plastic touches soup. Let chill 1 to 2 hours (do not keep overnight).

  2. Mix well before serving, and adjust the seasoning to taste. Slice the baguette crosswise into quarter-inch slices, and lightly toast the slices. Ladle the soup into bowls. Top each serving with half a tomatillo and a dab of creme fraiche. Serve with a slice of toast and a lime wedge.

Cook's Notes

Homemade chicken stock is preferable in this recipe, since the flavors of the soup are so delicate.


Homemade chicken stock can be replaced with canned low-sodium chicken stock. Creme fraiche can be replaced with sour cream.

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