Picnic Sides
Chilled Cucumber Soup with Cashews and Chives
Chilled Cucumber Soup with Cashews and Chives
Serves: 6 Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 135 minutes
This one is cool to the eye and on the palate. Serve this gazpacho-like appetizer at your next cook-out or picnic.


1 Cubanelle (Italian green frying pepper) halved lengthwise and seeded 3 large cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks 1/2 cup unsalted roasted cashews 2 tbsp red-wine vinegar 1 large garlic clove, chopped 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil


Purée cucumbers and half of Cubanelle (finely chop remaining half for garnish) with water, oil, cashews, vinegar, garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a blender (in batches if necessary) until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and chill until cold, about 2 hours. Whisk before serving and season with salt and pepper.

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