Jun 20
2012

Chilled California Avocado Soup with Coconut Milk Recipe

Chilled California Avocado Soup with Coconut Milk Recipe

Last week, Kristen of Dine and Dish and I asked you to save the date for a California Avocado 4th of July Blast. From June 27th through July 4th, we’re hosting a link-up party and are hoping you will share your favorite avocado recipes with us for a chance to win some amazing prizes (read the details here). While you’re putting your thinking caps on and slicing open those avocados (check out How to: Prepare an Avocado), I have a chilled avocado soup to share with you, one that highlights the natural creaminess of this sunny fruit.

Whether you’re celebrating the 4th of July in the U.S. or Canada Day on July 1st, the blazing heat always comes as a shock as the calendars flip to July. Cool drinks and chilled meals seemed to be the only thing that my body craves this time of year. That’s where this simple, chilled soup comes in. On a hot day, there is nothing more refreshing than a cold vegetable soup, such as these asparagus or zucchini ones.

Chilled California Avocado Soup with Coconut Milk Recipe

In each of my chilled soups, I like the fresh taste of the vegetable to shine through, and I avoid masking the natural texture by leaving out heavy creams. In this case, I pureed the avocado with some vegetable broth, as well as some simple aromatics. An extra layer of flavor and a touch more creaminess is achieved with a smidgen of coconut milk.

Given the buttery nature of avocados, this soup is rich and satisfying. I suggest serving it in small portions as an appetizer.

Be sure you don’t miss Kristen’s Salmon Sliders with Tangy Avocado Sauce. I’m already dreaming up additional ways I could use that gorgeous avocado sauce!

The recipe:
Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan set over medium-low heat. Add the onion and jalapeno pepper, and sweat (cook without browning) until the onion is soft and translucent, 7 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for additional 2 minutes. Stir in the mint. Let the mixture cool slightly.

Chilled California Avocado Soup with Coconut Milk Recipe

Place the avocados in a food processor or heavy-duty blender, along with 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth. Pulse until finely chopped.

Chilled California Avocado Soup with Coconut Milk Recipe

Add the remaining broth, along with the onion mixture, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.
Pour the soup into a medium-sized bowl and stir in the coconut milk.

Cover the soup and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve chilled, garnished with some diced tomatoes (if desired).

Chilled California Avocado Soup with Coconut Milk Recipe

Chilled California Avocado Soup with Coconut Milk Recipe

Yield: Serves 4 to 6

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 large jalapeno pepper, seeds & membranes removed (if desired), and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh mint leaves
  • 3 California avocados, peeled and cut into eights
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper (plus more to taste)
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup lite coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup diced tomatoes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan set over medium-low heat. Add the onion and jalapeno pepper, and sweat (cook without browning) until the onion is soft and translucent, 7 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for additional 2 minutes. Stir in the mint. Let cool slightly.
  2. Place the avocados in a food processor or heavy-duty blender, along with 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth. Pulse until finely chopped.
  3. Add the remaining broth, along with the onion mixture, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour the soup into a medium-sized bowl and stir in the lite coconut milk.
  5. Cover the soup and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve chilled, topped with diced tomatoes (if desired).

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the California Avocado Commission. In addition, they supplied me with some gorgeous avocados to use for this recipe.

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{ 57 comments… read them below or add one }

1 bellini June 20, 2012 at 6:20 am

It does sound refreshing and summery.

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2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 20, 2012 at 8:28 am

Thank you! I had this for lunch the past couple of days and it cooled me off perfectly.

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3 Jen @ Savory SImple June 20, 2012 at 6:43 am

Anything with avocado is an immediate winner for me. It’s one of my favorite foods!

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4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 20, 2012 at 8:29 am

I agree, Jen. You just can’t go wrong with good avocados.

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5 Cassie June 20, 2012 at 7:23 am

I love the way you used avocados here! They are one of my favorites!

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6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 20, 2012 at 8:29 am

Thanks, Cassie. I was really excited with how well this soup highlighted the taste and texture of the avocados.

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7 Kristen June 20, 2012 at 7:36 am

Oh my gosh, Dara… these photos are absolutely stunning. I am so excited to use some of my last remaining avocados on this recipe. I can only imagine it is pretty darn incredible!

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8 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 20, 2012 at 8:30 am

Thanks, Kristen! I hope you enjoy it. Your gorgeous sliders are next on my list to make.

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9 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch June 20, 2012 at 7:38 am

This looks so refreshing and comforting all in one! And easy! Love this, Dara.

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10 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 20, 2012 at 8:30 am

Thanks, Robyn. It really was easy to throw together.

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11 bridget {bake at 350} June 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

Oh my goodness….total summer perfection! I can *almost* taste it now. Adding it to my grocery list ASAP!

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12 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 20, 2012 at 8:31 am

Thanks, Bridget. I hope you enjoy it! The taste is fantastic, plus it’s filled with all sorts of healthy fats.

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13 Amy June 20, 2012 at 7:49 am

I have a few avocados on the counter right now that need to go in this soup! YUM!

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14 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 20, 2012 at 8:31 am

Go to it, Amy! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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15 Aninas Recipes June 20, 2012 at 8:06 am

What a gorgeous recipe. I have to say, the mint kind of surprised me. But when I imagine how this dish must taste like – the fresh minty flavour of SUMMER jumps up in my head! Well done!

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16 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 20, 2012 at 8:31 am

Thanks, Anina. The mint does indeed add an extra burst of summer freshness.

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17 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen June 20, 2012 at 8:25 am

I have always wanted to try a chilled soup- looks like this is the perfect place to start.

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18 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 20, 2012 at 8:32 am

Katrina, chilled soups are some of my go-to ways to keep myself cool during the summer. Plus, it’s a great way to fit in your veggies.

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19 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme June 20, 2012 at 8:26 am

What a creative use of avocados! Fantastic recipe, Dara.

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20 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 20, 2012 at 8:32 am

Thanks, Lana. This one is definitely a keeper! It certainly helps that I had beautiful avocados to work with.

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21 Lauren June 20, 2012 at 8:46 am

This sounds so yummy! LOVE avocados in everything!

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22 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I feel the same way, Lauren. They really do make everything better.

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23 Meeta June 20, 2012 at 8:54 am

This looks simply divine. I really enjoy cold soups and this is totally bursting with flavors. I am a sucker for avocados and coconut milk – so really love this combination.

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24 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Thanks, Meeta. The avocados and coconut milk work really well together, and I can’t tell you how refreshing this was on a 95 degree day!

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25 Brian @ A Thought For Food June 20, 2012 at 9:47 am

I’m impressed that you were able to make this avocado soup look pretty! Seriously, this looks really delicious and refreshing!

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26 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Thanks, Brian. I take that as a huge compliment from you. But quite honestly, the color of the avocados did all the work for me!

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27 Carolyn June 20, 2012 at 9:58 am

I heart avocados…and they heart my heart! Avocado soup rocks, but I never thought of doing it with coconut milk. Love it.

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28 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Thanks, Carolyn. The coconut milk adds a really nice added level of flavor to the soup.

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29 HeatherChristo June 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

This is really beautiful Dara! I love that you used coconut milk. Very creative!

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30 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Thanks, Heather! I’ve had great success using coconut milk in my favorite chilled soups. It works really well with asparagus and zucchini soups as well.

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31 Heather @ Farmgirl Gourmet June 20, 2012 at 10:48 am

Gorgeous Dara! Love this recipe.

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32 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Thanks, Heather. I happily polished off the leftovers today.

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33 Casey from Kitchen PLAY June 20, 2012 at 11:30 am

This sounds amazing. Cool, refreshing, velvety. Is there anything that avocados can’t do?

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34 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Thanks, Casey. I don’t think so! Avocados are a wonder ingredient.

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35 Erika {In Erika's Kitchen} June 20, 2012 at 11:41 am

Oh yes. This is what I want for lunch pretty much every day this summer.

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36 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Thanks, Erika. I completely agree. :)

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37 Julia {The Roasted Root} June 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm

MMMM…..avocadooo……avocado in a cool refreshing soup while it’s toasty outside. Perfect for this weather and perfect because avocados are awesome!

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38 Tickled Red June 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm

That looks scrumptious! Avocado lover boy over here will be drooling when he gets back from Cali :D

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39 marla June 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Dara, I love the idea of this creamy summer soup. Avocado and coconut milk are a great pairing!

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40 Chaya June 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I love avocado, any way, it is prepared and certainly in a soup, it has to be yummy. I have to try this during the summer. I am awaiting your linky. I have some powerful avocado recipes, I would love to share.

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41 Karly June 20, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Ooh, this sounds amazing! I just recently fell in love with avocados and I’m still making up for lost time. It’s avocados all the time around here! :)

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42 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts June 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

I LOVE avocados, and could probably live on them alone! Ok, maybe I would need chocolate too :) I can’t wait to see all the recipes! This soup looks so creamy and sounds amazing for summer!

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43 Jennifer | Mother Thyme June 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

Beautiful soup! What a great pairing.

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44 Dana June 21, 2012 at 11:21 am

There are a lot of things I would think to do with an avocado, but making soup isn’t one of them! This sounds delicious… I’ll have to try it out!

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45 Riley June 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm

This looks beautiful. I’ve never cooked with coconut milk, but I’ll have to try is recipe!

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46 carolinaheartstrings June 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Fantastic pictures. The recipe looks fantastic! Dara come and visit on Friday. We are having a flip flop giveaway!

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47 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 21, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Sounds so creamy and delicious!

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48 Laurie @SimplyScratch June 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm

This soup looks soooo creamy! I just love how versatile avocados are!

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49 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective June 22, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Loving the jalapeno and mint in this! Bravo Dara.

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50 Jeanette June 23, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Dara – I love the sound of this cold avocado soup. We’ve been enjoying lots of avocados lately in our house.

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51 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm

This is such a fun idea! Love that it’s chilled :)

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52 Deborah June 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm

This sounds so refreshing!! Avocados are definitely on the top of my pregnancy craving list and I’ve been going through them like crazy lately. Gotta try this one!

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53 Sook June 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I am always looking for a new way to use avocados! Chilled soup? Perfect for this hot Summer day!

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54 Vicky June 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm

What an interesting recipe! I’m intrigued by the ingredients and cannot even begin to image what the combination must taste like! I’ll have to try this soon! Would be perfect for the 100 degree days in DC we have coming up!

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55 Debs @ The Spanish Wok June 27, 2012 at 1:30 am

A pretty and healthy summer soup.

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56 vicky July 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I love avocados and never had avocado soup I should try your recipe. Love your photos!

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