Chilled Cucumber Soup with Arugula Pesto

Chilled Cucumber Soup with Arugula Pesto

This cool, pale-green soup complements grilled dishes. Make it and the accompanying pesto earlier on the day of the meal or even a night ahead. As this recipe proves, pesto, a classic paste of basic ingredients, can contain many different greens besides the traditional basil. If you are not using the pesto within about 1 hour, cover it with plastic wrap laid directly onto the pesto to maintain its vivid green color, and refrigerate the pesto until it is needed.

  • 6Servings



  • 2 cups lightly packed arugula leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup (2 1/4-oz. pkg.) sliced or slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. olive oil


  • 2 12- to 14-oz. cucumbers, preferably English or European, peeled and seeded
  • 2 scallions, with green tops, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup nonfat buttermilk


To make Pesto: Put arugula and garlic in a food processor, and process. Add almonds and Parmesan cheese, and process again. With motor running, pour in oil, and process until a thick paste forms. Add salt to taste. Set aside.

To make Soup: Put cucumbers, scallions and buttermilk in a food processor or blender, and pur8Ee. Season with pepper and salt. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or longer if possible.

To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Spoon about 1/2 tablespoon pesto into each bowl, and serve soup. Offer any remaining pesto in a bowl on side.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 60
  • Carbohydrate Content: 5 g
  • Fat Content: 3 g
  • Fiber Content: 1 g
  • Protein Content: 3 g
  • Sodium Content: 55 mg
  • Sugar Content: 4 g