The ‘Adios Summer’ Soup

31 Aug

Señorita Vino's 'Adios Summer' chilled avocado soup.

Guac rocks, but hot (as in weather) goes better with chilled eats. I opened the fridge yesterday in search of a quick afternoon snack and found myself face to face with five small,  it’s-now-or-never ripe avocados. I was a slacker about going to the store this weekend, so Necessity kicked in and I found myself the mother of an impromptu end-of-summer meal idea: cold avocado soup.

What can I say – it’s quick, it’s easy, and it looks like you labored over it for hours. Toss some canned crab with onions, lemon juice and salt, drop a forkful on top of your soup, and girlfriend, you’ve got yourself a bowl of Señorita Vino’s official ‘Adios Summer’ Soup.

I paired it with a glass of dry Chardonnay. While the fridge may be bereft of food, there’s always a chilled bottle of white wine, and yesterday it was Tolosa Vineyards’ 2009 No Oak Chardonnay.

Give the recipe a whirl and let me know what you think. Even better, be creative and add your own variations and seasonings. I’d love to hear your  twist on what’s sure to be a Labor Day party fave.

Buen provecho, chicos y chicas!

Señorita Vino’s ‘Adios Summer’ Chilled Avocado Soup

(4 to 6 servings)

THE SOUP:

5 small ripe avocados (or 3 medium sized)

3 tbsp. nonfat plain yogurt

1 tbsp. of fresh lemon juice

1 large clove of garlic, peeled and crushed

2 tsp. salt

2 1/2 cups chicken broth

THE TOPPING:

8 oz. of canned crabmeat (fresh is better, but canned was all I had in the kitchen!)

1/2 persian cucumber, seeded and diced

2 green onions, sliced

1 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

Peel and seed the avocados, chop and toss them in a blender. Add the yogurt, lemon juice, crushed garlic clove, salt and chicken broth. Blend until smooth. Add salt to taste; chill. Drain the canned crabmeat and place it into a bowl. Add the sliced green onion, diced cucumber, chopped cilantro, olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Toss until well-mixed and adjust seasonings according to taste. Chill the crab topping. Pour the avocado soup into a bowl and top with two or three forkfuls of the crab mixture. Now relax, pour yourself a chilled, dry Chardonnay and enjoy the last official weekend of summer!

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4 Responses to “The ‘Adios Summer’ Soup”

  1. Ericka August 31, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    This is the greatest way to say good bye! Looks delicious! I’m a soup girl myself, no matter how hot it is outside. 🙂

    • Pamela August 31, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

      Glad to hear it, Ericka! I love soups, too, as you’ll see when we get into the cooler months. But I’m also a summer gal, and there’s a part of me that wishes it could be summer all year long.

  2. WineHarlots September 8, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    I love soup too.
    This would pair perfectly with a viognier.

    Cheers!

    Nannette Eaton

    • Pamela September 8, 2011 at 9:19 am #

      Thanks for the great pairing suggestion, Nannette! I’ll have to try it with a viognier next time. All the best, Pamela

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