Chilled Avocado Soup Cocktail

Avocado soup with shrimp in a cocktail glass.

Ingredients

3 ripe avocados

1/2 onion, diced

2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock

1 cup water

1/2 cup Greek yogurt, plain

1 lime, cut in half

Zest from one lemon

1/4 lb. large cocktail shrimp, tails removed

1 rib of celery, peeled and diced

1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded with pith removed

2 mint leaves, julienned

1 Tbsp. olive oil 

Directions

Cut the avocado in half lengthwise. Remove the pit and scoop the flesh out with a large spoon. Cut the jalapeno in half. Dice one half and reserve.

Place the other half of the pepper, avocado, diced onion, vegetable stock, water and yogurt in a blender. Blend on medium speed until smooth. Add salt and juice from half lime and blend again to incorporate. Chill until ready to serve.

Dice the cocktail shrimp. Combine with reserved jalapeno, diced celery, lemon zest and mint. Dress with olive oil and the juice of the remaining half of lime.

Divide the soup into 4 large martini glasses. Divide the shrimp salad garnish evenly in the center of each glass.

Yield: 4 servings

Nutritional information

Per serving: 315.2 calories, 23.7g total fat, 7.9g protein, 23.1g carbohydrate, 10.8g dietary fiber, 30.6mg cholesterol, 541.8mg sodium, 9.9g sugar

Ripe avocados.

When is an avocado ripe?

Peel back the stem of the avocado. If the stem does not peel away easily, it isn't yet ripe. If the area around the stem is green, the avocado is likely creamy and ready to eat. If the stem area is brown, the avocado is likely overripe with browning on the inside. If you plan to use the avocado in a few days, buy it unripe and ripen it at home. Just place it in a brown paper bag and check daily until it begins to yield to slight pressure. Do not refrigerate.
Avocado sliced in half.

Fresh ideas and substitutions for avocados

Substitute pureed avocado with a squeeze of lime or lemon, for mayonnaise in tuna or chicken salad. For a new take on deviled eggs, combine mashed avocado with half of the egg yolks. Add some smoked trout and scallions to get more protein. Mix equal parts Greek yogurt and mashed avocado with chopped basil or mint for a delicious burger topping. Puree half an avocado, 1/2 cup vegetable stock, 1 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese and juice from half a lemon for a quick and easy pasta sauce. Add spring peas and julienned prosciutto. Make a great bagel spread by blending equal parts mashed avocado and low-fat cream cheese with a touch of cayenne pepper. Top with toasted, chopped almonds.

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