Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cucumber Gazpacho with Indian Flavored Shrimp Relish

This soup got rave reviews at our dinner table. The chilled soup was perfect for a hot day, but the spicy Indian flavors gave it an appreciated heat. The soup with the shrimp relish makes a whole meal - the crusty bread is needed for dunking and scraping the bowl.

Tuesday Menu – Cucumber Gazpacho, Crusty Bread
Farm Share Food – Cucumber, Cilantro

Cucumber Gazpacho with Indian Flavored Shrimp Relish

Gazpacho Ingredients:
2 cucumbers, roughly peeled and chopped
1 avocado
10 – 12 sprigs worth of cilantro leaves
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1 t rice wine vinegar
Pinch of cayenne
1/8 t each of coriander, cumin, and garam masala

Blend all ingredients with an immersion blender or in a food processor. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

Relish Ingredients:
1 T olive oil
1cloves garlic, minced
1/8 t cayenne pepper
¼ t coriander
¼ t cumin
Salt and pepper
¾ pound shrimp, chopped into small pieces
¼ t garam masala
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
½ t sesame oil

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, cayenne, coriander and cumin and cook for 1 minute to flavor the oil. Season shrimp with the salt and pepper and add to the hot oil. Cook 1 - 2 minutes, until done. Remove from heat, add garam masala, cilantro, and sesame oil.

Ladle Gazpacho into bowls and place 1-2 spoonfuls of relish onto the soup for serving.

Three Distinct Cucumber Gazpacho Recipes came together to help me create this recipe.

Cucumber Lychee Gazpacho
Cucumber Soup

Cucumber Recipes from Summer Fest

Pinch My Salt: Chilled Cucumber, Kefir and Avocado Soup
What’s Gaby Cooking: Cucumber-Basil Gimlet
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Radish-Cucumber Crostini
Big Girl Small Kitchen: Spicy Cucumber Salad with Shallot, Ginger and Mint
Grecian Kitchen: Summer Cucumber Salad
And Love It Too: Cucumber, Mint and Watermelon Salad
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Cucumbers Coolers with Agave Simple Syrup
Cooking With My Kid: Cucumber Limeade
FN Dish: Summer Fest: Cucumber Recipes
CIA Dropout: Relishing Cucumbers
Healthy Eats: Cool Cucumber Soup
Food for 7 Stages of Life: Cucumber Cherry Salsa
Cooking With Elise: Green Tea Cucumber Pops
Glory Foods: Cucumber and Shrimp Boat
Virtually Vegan Mama: Fire-Roasted Tomato and Cucumber Gazpacho
Food2: When Life Gives You Cucumbers, Make a Cucumber Cocktail
Cooking Channel: Cucumbers Stuffed with Crab-Mango Salad
Recipe Girl: Bread and Butter Pickles
Taste With the Eyes: Spicy Pickled Cucumbers with Wakame and Garlic Blossoms
Virtually Homemade: Cold Thai Cucumber-Mint Soup
Add a Pinch: Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
The Cultural Dish: Ahi Tuna with Cucumber Sauce and Salad
Daily*Dishin: Cool n’ Zesty Cukes: 7 Minute Summer in a Jar
Daydreamer Desserts: Cubanita Margarita
Purple Cook: Cucumber Gazpacho with Indian Flavored Shrimp Relish
Indian Simmer: Cucumber at its Best with Chaat Masala
Big Apple Nosh: Quick and Easy Homemade Pickles
Sweet Life Bake: Agua de Pepino
The Sensitive Epicure: Tzatziki with Grilled Gluten-Free Pitas and Fresh Cucumbers and Peppers

Zaika Zabardast: Cucumber Gazpacho
A Way to Garden: Cucumber-Growing Q&A and the Best Pickles
Cooking with Books: Summer Fest: Cucumbers


  1. Delicious! I am loving this. I love my spices and I am sure this soup would have been a super-duper hit :-)
    I make a similar version given in the South beach diet book.

  2. Visited my local farmer's market in Raleigh, NC with our Secretary of State yesterday. Love your blog and its focus. So glad I found you through the FN Summer Fest! Look forward to your next submission!

  3. Love this idea of your blog -- and this recipe. We're big shrimp lovers here so I have (possibly delusional) high hopes for the two-year old.

    In the meantime, I'd love to throw an idea into the mix for cucumber week. It's a kid-friendly recipe from The Food Network Magazine: Chicken with Pickle Sauce

    Best, Charity