Chilled Avocado, Cucumber and Melon Soup

, from Issue #58. September, 2015
Photography by Manja Wachsmuth.
Chilled Avocado, Cucumber and Melon Soup

The rich silkiness of this soup comes from the avocado and is perked up by the hint of wasabi and the sweetness of fresh melon and cucumber.  

Serves: 4–6


1 telegraph cucumber, about 25cm long
1 honeydew melon, halved and peeled
1 avocado

To serve
small slices melon
diced cucumber
thick plain yoghurt
¼ cup crushed crispy croutons or crackers, optional
ground paprika
¼ cup packed mint leaves, chopped roughly 
1 clove garlic, crushed
finely grated zest and juice 1 large lime
½ - 1 teaspoon wasabi paste
sea salt and freshly ground pepper


Halve the cucumber and scrape out the seeds. Do the same with the melon. Finely dice ¼ cup of cucumber and cut 12 thin short slices off the melon and set both aside for garnish. 

Roughly chop the remaining cucumber and melon and place in a blender with all the remaining ingredients. Season well then blend until smooth and thick. Refrigerate until well chilled.

To serve: Pour the soup into shallow bowls and top with a dollop of yoghurt, a couple of thin slices of melon, then the diced cucumber, croutons and a pinch of paprika.