From The New Greenmarket Cookbook ($20;Da Capo Lifelong Books) by Gabrielle Langholtz.
- 6 to 7 cucumbers, about 3 1⁄2 pounds
- 1⁄3 cup lime juice, from about 3 limes
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil, divided
- 1⁄4 cup loosely packed dill leaves
- 1⁄4 cup loosely packed tarragon leaves
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 cup loosely packed basil leaves
- 1⁄2 cup loosely packed mint leaves
- SOME GARNISHES WE LOVE:
- Toasted almonds
- Fresh blackberries
- Crème fraîche
- Fresh herbs
- Peel the cucumbers and halve lengthwise. Using a spoon, scrape the seeds from half of the cucumbers, so the soup is not too bitter. Slice the cucumbers thinly and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
- Toss with the lime juice, 1⁄4 cup of olive oil, dill, tarragon, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 1⁄2 teaspoon of black pepper. Dress the cucumbers like a salad that you would eat raw and let sit for one hour. The seasoning will marinate the cucumbers, and they will begin to break down and release liquid.
- Transfer the mixture and its liquid to a blender (in batches if needed) and add the basil and mint. Blend at high speed, stopping to scrape down as needed. Puree for at least one minute, until perfectly smooth.
- Reduce the blender speed to medium-low and slowly drizzle in the remaining 1⁄4 cup of olive oil.
- Adjust seasoning with salt, pepper, and lime juice and serve chilled.