© John Kernick
Active Time
30 MIN
Total Time
1 HR
Serves : 8

Quick-pickled cucumber slices give this delicate, fresh-tasting soup a little zing.    More Fast Soup Recipes  

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the leek and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, 3 minutes. Add the broth and water and bring to a boil. Add the potato, cover and simmer over low heat until tender, about 15 minutes. Add the watercress and cook until bright green, about 2 minutes.

Step 2    

Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender. Return the soup to the saucepan. Add the whole and skim milk and season with salt and pepper; keep warm.

Step 3    

Meanwhile, trim the peeled cucumber to form a rectangle. Cut the cucumber crosswise into very thin slices. In a medium bowl, combine the rice vinegar with a large pinch of salt. Add the cucumber slices and toss well. Let stand until they have softened, about 5 minutes.

Step 4    

Ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish with cucumber slices and serve.

Make Ahead

The soup can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.


One Serving 112 cal, 7 gm fat, 1.5 gm sat fat, 9 gm carb, 0.9 gm fiber.

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