Food Friday: Cool Mixed Berry Soup
August 8, 2008
I know that not everyone loves cold soups, but I after I heard this story on NPR, I ran to the Internet to check out the recipe. It is very light, full of things that a good for you and delicious with a sandwich or a hearty salad. There are only 5 ingredients (of course) and you don’t need to use your stove at all, so it is perfect for those last sweltering days of summer.
3 cups mixed fresh or frozen berries (raspberries, strawberries and/or blueberries work well)
1 cup cranberry juice
1 cup yogurt (whole or low-fat)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 to 2 tablespoons honey, to taste
In a blender set at high speed, whiz the berries and juice together until you achieve a smooth puree. If you are using frozen berries the puree will be rather slushy. You”ll need to stop and scrape down the sides of the blender periodically with a rubber spatula.
Strain the puree to remove any berry seeds or fibers. Place the puree back in the blender and add the yogurt, lemon and honey to taste.
Makes 4 servings
NOTE: To achieve the really fancy design in this picture put some sour cream or yogurt in a zip lock bag. Cut a small bit off the corner and use the bag to pipe out rings. Drag a toothpick through the rings to create the star burst effect. This is something I always think about doing but never follow through on. The soup looks just as beautiful on its own or with a sprig of mint. Garnish as you wish or not at all, I won’t tell.