Chilled Persian Cucumber Soup with Chives

Chilled Persian Cucumber Soup with Chives
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Source: The With or Without Meat Diabetes Cookbook. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Cameron Whitman Photography.

If you enjoy tzatziki, this full-flavored recipe is like a tangy, cool soup version of it. The grated cucumber along with the unique inclusion of tea makes it refreshing and almost spa-like. What’s more, this soup provides bonus health benefits from the green tea, which studies find may help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

  • Prep time
    30 min
  • Servings
    4 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 cup each
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 cup each
  • Amount per serving Calories 140

  • Total Fat 4.5g
    • Saturated Fat 1g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 20mg
  • Sodium 410mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 14g
    • Dietary Fiber 1g
    • Total Sugars 5g
  • Protein 13g
  • Potassium 360mg
  • Phosphorus 200mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1/2 Carbohydrate, 1 Vegetable, 2 Lean meat



  • Persian or 1 English cucumber (unpeeled and coarsely grated)
  • Greek yogurt (plain fat-free)
    1 1/4 cup
  • fresh chives (minced)
  • mint leaves (finely chopped fresh)
    1 tbsp
  • shallots (minced)
  • large garlic clove (minced)
    1 clove
  • white balsamic or champagne vinegar
    1 1/2 tbsp
  • black pepper, or to taste (freshly ground)
    3/4 tsp
  • sea salt, or to taste
    1/2 tsp
  • unsweetened green tea or jasmine green tea (made with 1 tea bag) (chilled)
    2/3 cup


  1. Stir together the cucumber, yogurt, 2 tablespoons chives, the mint, shallot, garlic, vinegar, pepper, salt, and tea in a medium bowl. Adjust seasoning. Chill until ready to serve.

  2. Divide the soup among individual small soup cups or bowls. Serve topped with the remaining 1 teaspoon chives.