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Chilled Cucumber Yogurt Soup

    This Lebanese chilled cucumber soup is made with tangy yogurt seasoned with fresh lemon juice, mint and garlic then finished with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

    Lebanese Cucumber Mint Yogurt Soup - The Lemon Bowl

    As you’ve probably noticed, we eat a lot of yogurt in our house every week. My kids love it, I love it and my husband loves it so I was beyond excited when my dear friends at the American Dairy Association asked me to participate in their Dairy Fuel for Back-to-School Recipe Exchange.

    With two growing boys, children’s nutrition is very much on of mind these days so I thought I would share a few fun facts:

    What are some facts about milk?

    Milk is the No. 1 food source of calcium, vitamin D and potassium in children’s diets.

    Dairy foods are a tasty, convenient, and cost-effective way to power up with protein throughout the day. On average, one serving of milk, cheese, or yogurt provides eight grams of high-quality protein.

    Kids who drink milk when they are young are more likely to drink milk as adults. Lifelong milk drinking is linked to stronger bones, a healthier heart, and less chance of developing diabetes.

    By enjoying 3 servings of low fat or fat-free milk, yogurt or cheese every day as part of an overall healthy diet, families, especially children and teens in their peak bone-building years, can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life.

    Cucumber Mint Yogurt Soup - The Lemon Bowl

    This Chilled Cucumber Yogurt Soup was inspired by my toddler’s favorite Lebanese dish of all time: Cucumber Laban. A recipe from my childhood, I still remember my Aunt Paula bringing it over to my mom’s house and the intoxicating aromas of fresh garlic and tons of mint. I craved it during both pregnancies and I am convinced that is why my boys love it to this day.

    Cucumber Yogurt Mint Soup - The Lemon Bowl

    Ready in just 5 minutes, this soup is the ideal busy weeknight side dish. We love serving it with Slow Cooked Lebanese Green Beans and Beef or Beef Kafta Patties. You can eat it room temperature right when you make it or prepare it earlier in the day and chill until dinnertime. Not only is it protein-packed but this savory recipe is a great way to sneak in that third serving of dairy at the end of the day.

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    Cucumber Yogurt Mint Soup - The Lemon Bowl

    Chilled Cucumber Yogurt Soup

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    This Lebanese chilled cucumber soup is made with tangy yogurt seasoned with fresh lemon juice, mint and garlic then finished with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
    PREP: 10 mins
    TOTAL: 10 mins
    Servings: 6

    Ingredients
     

    • 32 ounces plain low fat yogurt
    • 1 medium cucumber (peeled and grated reserving a bit for garnish)
    • 1 juice of lemon
    • 3 tablespoons dried mint
    • 2 cloves garlic (grated)
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (garnish)

    Instructions
     

    • In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt with grated cucumber, lemon juice, dried mint, grated garlic and salt.
    • Serve immediately or chill soup for 2 hours or up to overnight.
    • Divide between six bowls and top with reserved cucumber and drizzle each bowl with a teaspoon of olive oil.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 108kcalCarbohydrates: 9.2gProtein: 4.9gFat: 5.6gSaturated Fat: 1.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4.3gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 462mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 8.1g
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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    26 Comments

    1. Milk is pretty awesome. I’ve been giving my family raw milk or over 15 years now (both goats & cows). Remember most of the vitamins & nutrients are in the cream (fat). And if the farmer milks once a day your getting a bonus bc it’s even more concentrated! I’m so thankful for cow/goat shares in our state.

      1. I eat yogurt on the reg. (Re: DAILY) I’m always looking for ways to mix it up and yogurt soup sounds so refreshing! Like tzatziki but a meal. And who doesn’t want a reason to turn tzatziki into a meal?!

      2. I am wondering if you drain the cucumber at all? I have a cucumber dip I make where I have to squeeze cucumber out on papertowel well before adding. Is that necessary? Just curious because it looks so yummy I want to put it on my meal plan for next week.

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