The Kitchen Prep: Chilled Tomatillo & Avocado Soup featuring Stonyfield Organic Yogurt

Monday, August 25, 2014

Chilled Tomatillo & Avocado Soup featuring Stonyfield Organic Yogurt

Have you ever had or made chilled soup? I mean, on purpose. Not because you haven't had a hot meal since your first child entered this world.

It's sort of a weird concept to me since, when I think of soup, I think of a big bowl of steamy goodness on a brisk day.

But cold soup is a thing. Like gazpacho and vichyssois.

The same way that a bowl of hot soup warms you from the inside out on a cold day, chilled soup can be a great way to lower your temp internally when the weather is brutal outside. Being a Floridian, this is a vital survival tactic for me, especially these hot summer days when stepping outside means going from cool and collected to a sweaty mess in about 2 seconds flat {sometimes faster}.

Don't get me wrong -- my favorite method of temperature regulation will always be air conditioning, cool Atlantic waters, ice cream, and frosty cocktails. But since I can't hang out at the beach all day every day sipping mojitos between bites of my ice cream cone during the summer {sad, I know}, it's important to have some alternatives.

So, back to chilled soup.

There are lots of great combos that make for good chilled soups -- some are chunky and full of veggies, others are sweet, fruity and tangy. But the version I was going for when I whipped up today's recipe was something smooth and creamy with a vibrant flavor profile.

Want to wake up your taste buds? Give this Chilled Tomatillo and Avocado soup a try. It can't get any easier to make. Roast tomatillos. Blend with the other ingredients. Chill. Eat.

The combination of roasted tomatillos and the splash of lime juice really give it a "HELLO!" kind of zing, while avocado and Stonyfield Organic Yogurt add creaminess to the mix. It's a like a cool fiesta on your tongue. While you're at it, you can also crumble some tortilla chips over the top, like a reverse bowl of chips and dip. I won't tell.

If you're not really into the idea of cold soup {I've yet to convince my husband this is an acceptable thing to eat}, it also makes for an excellent salad dressing or sauce over chicken, shrimp or fish.

Don't put up with feeling sweaty and sticky. Cool down immediately with some chilled soup... and follow it up with a margarita for good measure. ;)

I am honored to be a member of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club. I received product or coupons for writing this post, but all opinions are my own.

Chilled Tomatillo & Avocado Soup
Makes 4 servings

10-12 tomatillos, husks removed, rinsed and cut in half
1 small garlic clove, finely minced or grated
1 avocado
1/3 to 1/2 cup Stonyfield Organic Plain Greek Yogurt
Juice of 1/2 a lime
Salt & Pepper to taste

Optional Garnishes: Cilantro, crushed tortilla chips

1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with foil. Set oven to broil. {500 degrees} Drizzle the lined pan with a bit of olive oil and place tomatillos cut side down, rubbing them lightly to coat with oil. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. 

2. Broil tomatillos for about 15-20 minutes, or until they start to look blistered and burnt in places and they are very soft. 

3. Remove from oven and allow to cool until easier to handle. Slide the tomatillo and juices in the pan into a blender. Add garlic, avocado, yogurt and lime juice and blend until smooth.*

4. Taste and adjust seasonings. Pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for 2 or 3 hours until cold.

Serve chilled with chopped cilantro or crushed tortilla chips on top. 

*If the result is too thick, add a few tablespoons of water to thin to desired consistency. 


Shaina Wizov said...

YUM. Love the flavors you used. It looks super thick, I bet it would make a good dip too :)

BecHeflin said...

I absolutely love tomatillos! Why have I not thought to turn them into soup? Brilliance!

fabiola@notjustbaked said...

I will eat anything with tomatillos in it, even a shoe. I love them so much. I love the combination and Zing as you say, from the lime to the creamy avocado and yogurt. Beautiful!

Katie's Cucina said...

Love the idea of making a tomatillo soup--your so creative!

Christine at Cook the Story said...

Tomatillos are such a great idea to pair with the yogurt. I bet this soup was delicious!

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