© Martin Morrell
Active Time
25 MIN
Total Time
45 MIN
Yield
Serves : 12

Alain Coumont's cool vegan soup gets its creaminess from pureed zucchini, sautéed onion and garlic. It's brightened with purslane, a lemony weed that Coumont plucks from his Languedoc country garden; if purslane is not available at your local farmers' market, substitute baby arugula leaves instead.    Cold Soup Recipes  More Vegan Dishes  

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a large saucepan, heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook over moderate heat until translucent, about 8 minutes. Stir in the thyme and bay leaf and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the sliced zucchini, season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the water and bring to a boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Discard the bay leaf and stir in the shredded basil.

Step 2    

Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender until very smooth. Transfer the zucchini puree to a large bowl. Stir in the ice. Refrigerate the zucchini soup for at least 3 hours, until thoroughly chilled.

Step 3    

Season the soup with salt and pepper. Ladle into shallow bowls and top with a small handful of purslane and zucchini shavings. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

Make Ahead

The zucchini soup can be refrigerated for up to 1 day.

Suggested Pairing

The Grüner Veltliner grape produces crisp white wines that often have a distinctive green note, making them good partners for vegetable dishes—and ideal with this velvety zucchini soup.

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