Summer’s heat sucks my energy and makes me cranky, but my summer garden inspires me.

cucumber smoothie

I am inundated with cucumbers this year. Absolutely positively inundated. I cannot keep up! From only 2 plants, I’ve been harvesting many many cucumbers every day. And coming up with new and different ways to enjoy them.

I could have served this blended cucumber creation in a bowl and called it a cold soup, but what fun would that have been? A cucumber smoothie sounds so much more interesting. I threw some sorrel in because I grew it for the first time this year and I like it’s refreshingly sour flavor, but you could also try this with a handful of mint or basil, I think.

Since I’ve been on antibiotics for a couple of weeks for Lyme disease, I eat plain yogurt and other foods that are high in probiotics as often as I can. If you don’t eat dairy, some coconut milk might be nice in here.

Recipe for Cucumber Sorrel Smoothie

Yield: 1 large or 2 small servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

* 2 medium-large organic cucumbers (peel them for a smoother smoothie), chopped
* a splash of all-natural buttermilk
* a few tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt (I like full-fat)
* 4-5 sorrel leaves (or a handful of fresh mint)
* 1-2 teaspoons of honey or pure maple syrup
* pinch of sea salt

Directions:

1. Place chopped cucumbers in blender and add buttermilk to get the blender going.

2. Add yogurt, sorrel, honey, and salt and blend until smooth.

3. Chill before serving, if desired. Garnish with edible flowers (I used borage) if you have them.

cucumber and sorrel smoothie

More Fabulous Cucumber Recipes:
Cucumber Aqua Fresca from A Box of Kitchen
Avocado and Cucumber Gazpacho from Running with Tweezers
Korean Spicy Cucumber Salad from Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Cucumber Sorbet from Healthy Green Kitchen

 

21 Comments

  1. 1

    Caroline @ chocolate and carrots — July 20, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    I bet this drink is so refreshing…much needed in these crazy heat waves of Summer! :-)

    • Winnie replied: — July 20th, 2011 @ 8:17 am

      I had it as an afternoon snack yesterday and it tided me over for hours. Very cooling, but pretty filling, too!

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    Tami — July 20, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    Regarding the Cucumber Smootie…

    What are the nutritional facts on it..

    how much fat, protein, sugars,…etc?

    Looks delish!

    Thanks!

    • Winnie replied: — July 20th, 2011 @ 8:17 am

      Oh gosh Tami…I have no idea. There’s a little fat and protein from the yogurt, and carbs/sugar from the honey, but otherwise it’s all cucumber/sorrel- so high in vitamins, but very low-calorie.

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — July 20, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    I will absolutely make this! I will have to sub some mint for the sorrel, but that’s perfect because I have WAY too much mint, and WAY too many cucumbers at the moment. Thanks for the idea :)

    • Winnie replied: — July 20th, 2011 @ 8:15 am

      Have fun with it Jen :)

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    foodwanderings — July 20, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    Winnie, such absolute gorgeous pics. screaming summer fresh!! Love that you have an entire vegetable garden you harvest from fresh cucumbers and more. I could have used some as I was running low on baby cukes for a condiment yesterday. Question what did you use as a garnish the bluish flowers?

    • Winnie replied: — July 20th, 2011 @ 8:56 am

      Shulie those are borage flowers…I grow lots of borage because I just love it and it’s edible. Aren’t they so pretty?!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — July 20, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    Oh gosh Winnie, I had no idea you were dealing with Lyme’s, I’m sorry. I hope the antibiotics help. Take care.

    • Winnie replied: — July 20th, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

      Hey Sylvie,
      Yes I have had it three times now. Was much sicker the other two times- this time, I just had the rash- feeling fine, but thanks for your good wishes :)

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    Adryon — July 20, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    What a great idea. Our cucumber plants are also very bountiful this year – and our mint has taken over our entire garden. We have more jars of pickles than I know what to do with.

    Lyme’s is no bueno. I got it 10 year ago and it sure stinks. I hope you feel better soon!

    • Winnie replied: — July 20th, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

      I’ve made some pickles but I need to make lots more! I actually feel fine- saw the bull’s eye right away and had no other symptoms. I’ve had it before and was very sick, so I feel pretty lucky. One more week on antibiotics, then I am done.

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    Sophie Delphis — July 20, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    This sounds quite delicious, and like a great tiding over afternoon snack.

    • Winnie replied: — July 20th, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

      Yes it really makes a nice snack!

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    Kelly — July 20, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    This looks so refreshing and delicious!! Perfect! Love your blog so much and excited to be your newest follower! xoxo

  9. 9

    Kelly Wilson — July 20, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

    Sounds yummy!

  10. 10

    tami — July 20, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

    this looks delicious! thanks for including me in your post today, too!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — July 21, 2011 @ 6:36 am

    This looks great! So fresh and healthy

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    Annapet — July 21, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    I did not grow cucumbers this year, and a good reminder not to plant more than two next season!

    Thanks for this post, I get to try sorrel differently. It’s one of my favorites in the garden since it returns season after season!

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    Lynda - TasteFood — July 21, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    I must use more sorrel! I hope you are feeling better, Winnie. Thanks for another beautiful recipe.

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    LiztheChef — July 21, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    Love the borage! Hope you are feeling better – the probiotics are a great help.

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