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August 25, 2011

Cool-as-a-cucumber smoothie recipe with Greek yogurt

Cucumber-smoothie

In the house where I grew up, I don't think we ever ate yogurt. If we did, I can't remember. No yogurt, no smoothies, so everything I know about smoothies I learned as an adult, in my own kitchen. Even when it's too hot to cook, it's never to hot to blend. And right now my local farmstand and market offer up a great variety of cucumbers, from Kirbys for pickling to Persians for snacking. In these smoothies, use any type of cucumber you have on hand. If you've got giant cucumbers from the garden, scrape out the seeds with a spoon, and remove some of the tough outer skin. I prefer the long, seedless English cucumbers, which need nothing more than a quick trim of top and tail.

Cucumber smoothie, for an afterschool snack.

Cool-as-a-cucumber smoothie with Greek yogurt

From the pantry, you'll need: Greek yogurt, plain yogurt, agave nectar or honey, lime.

Makes 2 small smoothies.

Ingredients

6 oz plain Greek yogurt (I use 2% fat)
2 tsp plain yogurt (I use 0% fat)
2 small Persian cucumbers or 1/2 of a large English (seedless) cucumber, roughly chopped
2 tsp agave nectar or honey
Juice of 1/2 lime
3 mint leaves
Pinch of black pepper
2-3 ice cubes

Directions

Combine everything in a blender, and process until smooth. Voila, done, finished.

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Chocolate strawberry banana smoothie, from GreenLiteBites
Matcha green tea smoothie, from Family Fresh Cooking

Comments

Never thought of a cucumber smoothie, sounds quite interesting, and very refreshing!

thanks for the idea, definitely making this one

This sounds so refreshing! There are so many things I eat now, that I never even knew existed when I was growing up!

What is the purpose of the 2 tsp plain yogurt? Do you really notice a difference if that is omitted?

This looks amazing. I wish I had some yogurt so I could make it right now.

Love the idea of a cucumber smoothie, sort of like a cold cucumber soup in a nice tall glass.

I rarely make smoothies, but this does sound delicious.

Sounds surprisingly good and a great use for the abundance.

I have tons of cucumbers in the garden to use up as the plants are on their last stand..
Just gotta pick up some yogurt and whiz away!!
(ps this will make a nice change from all the "refrigerator" pickles I have been eating!)
Also I feel quite certain this would make an excellent "facial" as well! hehe.

Sally, I don't always feel like a fruit smoothie. This is really a nice change of pace.

Pam, shame here. I think I must have had a very limited palate when I was growing up, and also that the great variety of foods we have available now just wasn't available in the 1950s.

Rike, you could omit the plain yogurt and add more ice. I like to mix in some plain yogurt to lighten the Greek yogurt without diluting the yogurt flavor.

Heather, truly refreshing, this smoothie.

Jeanette, it's funny how soup, smoothies, stew (and, see Carol's comment below -- facials) are all just a slight change in texture away from each other!

Kalyn, I seldom eat yogurt by itself, but I love it when it's mixed into smoothies.

Mary, a girl can only eat so many pickles! After that, smoothies are a great alternative.

Carol, love the idea of turning this into a facial! Let me know how that works if you try it.

Just made this and it is delicious! The mint makes it so refreshing.

Sounds delicious! And healthy, of course. ;-)

This looks super yummy! Thanks for posting!

Wow, tried this today and its simply luvly!

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