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Cold Cucumber and Honeydew Melon Soup with Crab


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  • 2 quarts roughly chopped, peeled
  • and seeded English cucumbers
  • 1 quart roughly chopped, peeled
  • and seeded ripe honeydew melon
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup light cream
  • salt to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 10 ounces fresh picked crab meat
  • 3/4 cup seeded and diced yellow
  • and/or red tomato
  • 1/2 cup diced ripe (yet still firm)
  • avocado
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • (or basil)
  • Garnish: fresh herb sprigs


Servings 6
Adapted from


Step 1

1. Add the cucumbers, melon, 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice and the sugar
to a food processor and puree until smooth.
2. Strain through a medium strainer pushing down on the solids with a rubber
spatula to extract as much liquid as possible.
3. Stir in the cream and season to taste with salt and hot sauce. You should end
up with about 1 quart of soup. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
4. Gently combine the crab, tomato, avocado and herbs. Season to taste with
salt, hot sauce and lemon juice.
5. To serve: Gently press the crab mixture into a 1/4 cup measuring cup and
unmold in the center of a large, flat soup plate. Ladle the chilled cucumber.

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