Chilled Cucumber Yogurt Soup

Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes

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.

Your spoon is waiting.

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 minutes
TOTAL: 10 minutes
Servings6

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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26 responses to “Chilled Cucumber Yogurt Soup”

  1. Maxine Moerman Avatar
    Maxine Moerman

    Can I use fresh mint in this recipe? How much do I use?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I would suggest dried!

  2. Sarah Avatar
    Sarah

    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. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      That’s awesome!! I’ve never had raw milk but I bet it’s delicious!

      1. Sarah Avatar
        Sarah

        Very! We usually have samples at the Nourishing Ways meetings. You’ll have to come visit sometime!

  3. Joanne Avatar
    Joanne

    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?!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      haha “I eat yogurt on the reg” –> Stealing that!

  4. Amanda Avatar
    Amanda

    This looks amazing!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So good! Thanks Amanda!

  5. Nikki @Seeded at the Table Avatar
    Nikki @Seeded at the Table

    Such a tasty way to add dairy to your diet! Moooo-re please! :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You can have as MOOch as you like!

  6. Susan Avatar
    Susan

    I love it that you share Lebanese recipes, because I really enjoy the flavors from that part of the world.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much Susan! More to come in the next couple of weeks!!

  7. Gaby Avatar
    Gaby

    So incredibly perfect for summer!!

  8. Erin | The Law Student's Wife Avatar
    Erin | The Law Student’s Wife

    I love that your boy loves a dish with cucumber. MODEL PARENT!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      hahaha Yes he loves this!!!

  9. Sadye Avatar
    Sadye

    I love the theory of mom’s cravings during pregnancy affecting kids’ tastebuds (I assume it’s just a theory … ?)!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I really believe it but you’re right it’s just a theory. ;)

  10. Hannah Beckwith Avatar
    Hannah Beckwith

    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.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I do not drain it Hannah because this is more of a soup consistency. If it was a dip, I would drain it. :)

  11. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain Avatar
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    I want to dive into this soup! Love the flavor combo:)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you doll face!!

  12. Aimee @ ShugarySweets Avatar
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    Oh my word this looks delicious!! My naivete would say this looks like tzatziki soup, LOL! Which sounds pretty fabulous too. Okay, I”ll be quiet, and quietly crave a bowl of this for breakfast!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Umm I’m totally down with tzatziki soup!!! Just need some dill!! haha

  13. Sheila Avatar
    Sheila

    OOO EEEE I want sum a dat!! I love the addition of cloves! I really need to give this a try.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Cracking up – GARLIC cloves!! Not ground cloves. Although that might not be horrible – haha. xoox

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Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.