July Recipe: Cooling and healing Cucumber yogurt soup

Ive recently taught an Ayurvedic cooking class at studio, we were preparing a summer menu with dishes based on Ayurvedic Principals: the most complete holistic cooking practice. We made the Cooling Cucumber soup for that class, however I never cook the exact same thing twice, as some of you know from my yoga and pilates classes. This is yet another variation of that soup! I invite you all to create your own version. Be a cooking artist, and express your creativity!

  • 2 cups of English cucumber peeled, salted, rinsed and towel dry
  • 1 small bunch of fresh dill well washed and firm part of steam cut off
  • 1 cup of plain coconut yogurt or when using regular organic yogurt plus 1tbsp of Agave 
  • 1/2-1 lime juice to taste and skin of lime finely grated. Place half of juice in blender and rest add to taste.
  • 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup of Chopped fresh cucumber
  • 1/2 cup of grated Daikon radishes or sliced red radishes
  • 1 hard boiled egg cut into slivers 
  • 2 stalks of scallions finally sliced
  • fresh dill to garnish
  • Smoked paprica to sprinkle before serving

Directions: Prepare all of the ingredients as described. In blender process cucumber with yogurt  add skin of lime, lime juice, salt, apple cider vinegar,(agave if using regular yoghurt) and pepper. Then place soup in bowl and add chopped cucumber, radishes and scallions.  Place in fridge to cool for 1 hour.

Before serving garnish with dill, cut egg and paprika.

Serving size: 2



    Elena's dedication to fitness started in early childhood training as solo figure skater in Latvia, Europe. After moving with her family to North America, Elena has grown her love of fitness and has been successfully teaching and organizing Fitness classes for the past 12 years in South Florida. She has worked in some of the most reputable communities including Boca Raton Resort & Club, The Oaks of Boca Raton, Stone Bridge, Kiser University, and Park Summit just to name a few. Recently she fell in love with mountains and relocated to Boone North Carolina, where she opened up her own studio: Studio Elenas. Elena teaches Classical Style Pilates, which represents a unique approach to exercise in developing body awareness, core strength, increased flexibility and an ease of movement.