Don’t pay attention to the calendar, or the reappearance of school buses. Hot weather is going to be around long enough for you to go the pool or lake and watch college football – all in the same day.
And, if you have finally, finally reached your limit on tomatoes, so that the idea of gazpacho makes you blanch, try a different approach. Try avocados.
Chilled avocado soup is ridiculously easy and flexible enough to accommodate whatever ingredients you might have on hand. No limes? Use rice vinegar. No cilantro? Use watercress. No jalepenos? Use green jalepeno hot sauce.
See. No sweat. And since we’ve been sweating enough this summer, thank you very much, this is the kind of recipe even the most hurried cook can appreciate. This version is even vegan, because I used cucumber to thicken it up. You could use the same amount of fresh bread. Oh, wait, that’s another substitution. Use a food processor or blender. Whir, refrigerate and go.
Then you can head outside. Because no matter how much we complain, come January, we’ll be nostalgic for even this hellish summer weather.
Chilled Avocado Soup
3 Tbsp. chopped red onion
juice of 2 limes (or 2 Tbsp. white wine or rice vinegar)
1 tsp. salt
3 medium sized ripe Hass avocados
1 cucumber, seeded, and cut into large pieces
1 clove garlic
1/2 jalepeno, seeded and chopped coarsely (or 1Tbsp. hot sauce)
3/4 cup cilantro
1/2 cup no-salt vegetable broth
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp. olive oil
First, put the onions, lime juice and salt into the food processor and let them sit for at least 10 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients. This will mellow the sting of the onion.
While onions get their groove on, slice and prepare the other ingredients. Then add them to the food processor bowl. Pulse until you get a creamy consistency. Then, with motor running, slowly add the broth and water, then finally, the olive oil. Taste for salt, and add more if necessary.
Pour into a bowl and chill at least an hour. Top with anything you want – toasted pistachios, sliced avocado, diced green peppers, cilantro, or, yes, even diced tomatoes