Creamy Avocado Gazpacho

Gazpachos are usually tomato-based chilled soups, but this tempting variation adds the benefits of avocado–including rich creaminess and cholesterol-reducing power–to the mix. Mellowed with yogurt and filled with the goodness of garden vegetables and fresh herbs, this soup recipe is one you may want to use all through the spring and summer seasons.

Love guacamole? Looking for a refreshing veggie-packed soup? This is the best of both worlds. Read the recipe here:


1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced finely
1 small zucchini, diced finely
1 small green pepper, seeded and diced finely
1 stalk celery, finely diced
4 scallions, white and green parts, sliced thinly
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 ripe avocados, halved, and pits removed
2 cups plain yogurt
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/2 cup water
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
Fresh cilantro or parsley sprigs, for garnish (optional)

1. In a medium bowl, place the diced vegetables, scallions, and salt, tossing to combine. Allow to sit for 30 minutes.

2. Scoop avocado out of its skin and place the flesh in a food processor along with yogurt, citrus juices, garlic, and herbs. Process until smooth, adding water to make a thick soup.

3. Combine avocado mixture and diced vegetables, stirring to combine. (You may need to add a little more water if the soup is too thick, but aim for a smoothie-like texture.)

4. Chill, covered with plastic wrap, for up to 24 hours. Serve in individual soup bowls, garnished with sprigs, if desired.

Serves 6.

Inspired by Hollyhock Cooks, by the Hollyhock Cooks (New Society Publishers, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by the Hollyhock Cooks, et al. Reprinted by permission of New Society Publishers.
Inspired by Hollyhock Cooks, by the Hollyhock Cooks (New Society Publishers, 2003).


Debra Griffin
Missy G5 years ago

Sounds delicious

Angela N.
Angela N5 years ago

thanks a lot!!

Kevin Cline
Past Member 5 years ago

thank you

Jane H.
Jane H5 years ago

I'm saving this one and look forward to making it. yum yum

J.L. A.
j A5 years ago


Joe Shults
Joe Shults6 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Yummy! Thanks for the great recipe.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers6 years ago


Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Sounds good.