Beat the Heat with Chilled Cucumber Soup and Crispy Quinoa Garnish
RONI PORTER: Known for their cooling properties, cucumbers are refreshing and crisp and soothing on warm weather days. You're probably wondering where grapes fit into this. Just a hint of sweetness is the perfect balance to this soup. This is sort of like a chilled gazpacho. Mmm. Blender's getting full.
A little bit of sherry vinegar. This is my favorite ingredient in gazpacho. And mint and basil are the perfect herbs to bring out every single flavor that's already in the soup. It just needs to chill in the fridge.
Now we're going to make some quinoa croutons. And we get it nice and caramelly. I know it sounds crazy, but a little bit of sugar just to caramelize this quinoa and make it crisp up-- this is going to be unusual and delicious. Mm. It looks like we added cream to it, and there's none. That cold cucumber with the hot quinoa flakes? Delicious.