Avocado Cucumber Soup with Mango Salsa

This avocado cucumber soup with mango salsa is perfect for summer. It's cold and refreshing, and lets all that great summer produce shine.

i remember asking my mom if we were rich once. she immediately pshaw’d it off, and claimed that we were solidly middle class. we, of the affluent silicon valley cohort, with a sturdy house to call home, with insurance and cars and opportunities and good health. would my family qualify for the richest in the world, or even the us? probably not. but do we have privilege? yes.

there’s one guy in my linkedin network whose posts always run along the lines of, “trust the system.” as in, wait your turn, work hard enough, and you will get what you deserve. which sounds awesome, sure. but what about someone who can work as hard as they might, scrimp and save and be an upstanding citizen, and yet still not have the opportunities my peers and i get? i’ve lived in a bubble and haven’t felt discriminated against despite my status as both a racial minority and a woman, and but what about those who fall in those categories (or don’t) and don’t get the chance to do what they need/want to?

and i know the world will never be fair. if everything is perfectly equal, welp, that sounds fishy and scifi blockbuster-esque. but i think as someone with privilege, i owe it to the world to make it a tiny bit better. so use your privilege. volunteer to coach a kids’ sports team. help run the bingo booth at your temple’s annual summer festival. or do the whole food is love thing: find something like cake4kids, or drop off a batch of this avocado cucumber soup with mango salsa to someone who needs it.

this soup is mild and creamy, from both the avocado and feta. the tomato adds texture and the basil adds even more freshness aside from all the other great produce. i love sweetness in everything, so corn and mango works well here. and lest you think that there’s no crunch here, the almonds (though crumbled pita chips also work great) add some.

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Avocado Cucumber Soup with Mango Salsa
adapted slightly from Gena Hamshaw via Food52
Serves 2

*Peel this if you want a smoother soup base, or if your cucumber skin is bitter.

Avocado Cucumber Soup
2 large cucumbers, roughly chopped*
flesh from 1 large avocado
2 scallions, chopped
lime or lemon juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil and extra virgin olive oil to season

Mango Salsa
1 cup mango, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup tomato, diced
1/2 cup corn kernels (preferably fresh but frozen then thawed works too)
1/2 cup cilantro or basil, loosely packed and finely chopped
1 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T lime or lemon juice
sliced almonds or pita chips, sesame seeds and crumbled feta for serving

  1. Blend all the soup ingredients in a blender until smooth, adding enough water to achieve a creamy texture. Season with citrus, fish sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil and olive oil.
  2. Toss the salsa ingredients together in a small bowl.
  3. Transfer the soup to four serving bowls. Garnish with the mango salsa and toppings before serving.
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51 Comments

  1. This avocado soup looks fresh and delicious! Perfect for this hot weather. I love the Cake4Kids organization! How awesome is that?!!! If they were in my county, I would definitely volunteer 🙂 have a great week! Xoxo

    1. thanks kelly! i had to do some digging to find out about cake4kids, so hopefully you can find something equally as awesome near you (:

  2. Anything avocado and mango wins my vote. A totally healthy, light and refreshing soup on this super hot day. Have a great week Heather:)

    1. thanks maria! i’m convinced that having a premade batch of this would be awesome for days when you want to sip on something cold and filling (:

  3. This is one gorgeous soup, Heather! Avocado, cucumber, mango. . .LOVE all three! Have a great week, my friend 🙂

    1. thanks kelsie! hope you had/are having a great week as well (:

  4. I soooo need to try this avocado cucumber soup because avocado is just the BOMB!!!

    1. agreeed! i’m not a huge fan of avocado plain (it doesn’t have much of a flavor to me), but i love the texture (:

  5. I’ve never had avocado soup and now I know I haven’t really lived. My family always told us we were rich in love. But looking around I knew we were better off than some of my friend and I also knew we weren’t as wealthy as some of my other friends. Enjoy your bubble my friend, there is nothing wrong with it, I’ve been treated unfairly a lot, names and rocks thrown at me as a child, being fired from jobs because the cash register is low and they looked at me first, but that’s ok, it’s my journey and I don’t regret it. I do wish it was different sometimes but that changes nothings. The world will never be fair but I really enjoyed reading this post and seeing the world through your eyes if only for a second. I appreciate you being open and honest with us.

    1. i’m sorry you went through all that ): obviously i haven’t been in your shoes, and it’s kind of a cliche, but i think hardship makes you stronger. if life came super easy to everyone and we were successful and happy from the get go, what’s the point? i don’t think we’d be grateful or happy or satisfied at all. cheers to you and all that you’ve overcome and all the obstacles that you’ll face in the future (and that you’ll overcome and slay!!).

  6. I love all the flavors and boy does this scream summer! I want some of that yumminess!!

  7. What a great colour! I love cucumber and avocado together so I bet they make a great soup.

    1. yeah i love how vibrant green it is (: i left the cucumber skin on to make it even more green but i’m sure it’s still plenty of green sans skin!

  8. You’ve got a really good handle on life and society, and what’s fair and what’s not. It can get really mind boggling when you start thinking about all of the “what ifs” and “why nots” but it’s nice to check in with reality now and then. Regardless of my status, I’d be super excited if you were to drop off a bowl of this 😉

    1. i think i’d go crazy if i thought of all the what if’s. i’m stuck on why’s right now, especially since i’m having so much trouble trying to understand why some people think the way they do. can i drop off soup to everyone? would that help heal the world? sigh.

  9. Privilege is an interesting thing in that many who have it do not realize that at least some (if not much) of what they have is due to that privilege – some even deny it. It’s so ingrained in our society we often don’t even see it. I completely agree we all have a responsibility to improve something in the world, big or small. This soup sounds amazing and so satisfying in this weather! I love the idea of all of these flavors together – pinning this!

    1. i’ve had to work for some things, but i wouldn’t have even had those opportunities to attempt them without my privileges. i think most kids grow up thinking that their situation is the norm, and i didn’t realize that my childhood wasn’t experienced everywhere else. one step at a time is kind of a cliche, but considering my relative lack of social/political clout (and therefore inability to effect major change on our current leadership), i think it’s the way to go.

  10. Never tried mango, avocado and cucumber together but ths recipe seems a great idea to try it. Thanks for sharing!
    Wish you a fantastic day.
    Greetings,
    Flo from
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    1. it’s a really great combo! hope you try it (:

  11. So I’m totally intrigued and mesmerized by the idea of an avocado soup. The cucumbers + mango salsa really bring this one home as a summer recipe for sure! And I love that it’s served cold…or at least not hot. Either way, it sounds amazing. And thanks for the reminder to get out there and do something to help someone else. Even if it’s a small act of kindness, it goes a long way for the person receiving it! 🙂

    1. summer in a sip (: it’s definitely better cold than lukewarm (i’m not sure what is good lukewarm though lol) or hot or anything in between!

  12. I like all things avocado! And the sweetness ad mango plays so well with it

    1. yeah i love the sweetness that the mango brings to the soup (:

  13. This soup looks and sounds so refreshing!! Love the combination of ingredients and super healthy too. I’m a huge fan of avocado so another excuse to have it in a recipe sounds perfect to me 😉 Funny thing, years ago I didn’t like avocado and now I LOVE It!

    1. i think it’s the texture! i think it’s creamy but some people definitely think that it’s more on the slimy side (;

  14. Amen! Thanks for writing this and you’re SO right!
    Plus this looks delicious!
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. thanks kimberly!

  15. That is such a great cold soup recipe!! Love the addition of the mango salsa! Yummy:).. It’s so easy to get lost in the humdrum of everyday life, but we all need to be grateful for what we have. Thanks for reminding me this :). Have a great week sweets!!

    1. aside from gazpacho, i feel like there’s not enough mainstream cold soups! this is a good one to add to the stash (:

  16. I love the relevance of this post (and of course, the delicious sounding salsa). Really well said, and I agree- I do feel like I owe it to the world to make it a tiny bit better (hence why I have my own blog where the goal is to at least make my friends laugh!).
    Now off to make some salsa to have as a snack in the afternoon!

    xo
    Phyllis

    1. i wrote this before charlottesville, and it felt relevant then, but especially so now. i feel so grateful that others are using their privileges to do good, and it gives me hope that we’re not as backwards as it seems sometimes. happy salsa snacking, and thank you for making me laugh every post!

  17. First, the soup sounds absolutely refreshing and perfect for the summer. I agree that we should take the time to help others whether it is though donating money, volunteering, or providing resources to a cause that you believe in. What we have now can be easily taken away. Also, everyday kindness goes a long way. Take care!

    1. i definitely need to work on the everyday kindnesses. sometimes i forget about them because i’m too concerned with single actions that make a big impact. thanks for the reminder, and hope you’re doing well too!

  18. Such an enlightening post. I live in a country where more people of working age are unemployed than have jobs. Makes you very grateful for work 🙂

    1. i didn’t know that about south africa! i feel like there’s so much going on in the us right now that i don’t pay as much attention as i should to things that happen outside of the country, even though i should.

  19. I love the combination of avocado with cucumber. but never added mango salsa on top which I think would be a very nice touch!

    1. the mango salsa makes it feel a little more special! and much more summery (:

  20. Aah, this one is def not for me, despite its delicious and fresh looks!!! Avocado is a real no no with me, unless it’s in guacamole, of course ahahaha.
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    1. at least you’re honest 😂 i’m not one for plain avocado or hot avocado, so i’m with you on avocado only in certain things/done in certain ways.

  21. I’d love to get involved with Cake4Kids. Definitely going to check them out.
    I also grew up in a bubble in a fairly affluent (and very ethnically diverse) suburb outside of Los Angeles. I wasn’t aware of all the privileges we had until I got to college. I’m very thankful for my childhood and upbringing. Yes, the world will never be fair. There will always be those at the top and those at bottom. We just need to help each other as much as we can.

    1. not sure if they have cake4kids in southern california (i’ve only participated while in the bay area), but hope you can find something like it if there isn’t! i didn’t mention it in the post, but my hometown is immigrant heavy, and i could count the number of non-asians on one hand. it was a bit of a shock when i went to utah on a vacation as a kid, where the demographic is very different.

  22. This sounds so refreshing and delicious! Never thought of avocado in soup but it would be so good! Thought provoking post to Heather it is always important to acknowledge privllege – wish we had something like cake4kids here. You are amazing!!

    1. avocado makes it so creamy! hope you can find another way to give back that fulfills both you and your community 💕

  23. Such a beautiful dish, I need this in my life!

  24. What a lovely, refreshing soup! I’ve never actually made a chilled soup before, but this one looks like a perfect place to start. Thank you for your thoughts on privilege and equality- it’s something I think it’s important for us to acknowledge, especially us bloggers who may have some influence with our words and ideas. I hadn’t heard of cake4kids, but now I want to start something like that over here! xx

    1. it’s a weird place for bloggers/social media in general. i think we have conflicting obligations to both speak up and act as safe harbors for when people need a break from the news, and it’s hard to balance that. i’m not sure how big cake4kids is, especially since it took me a lot of googling to find it before i joined, so i’m not surprised that you hadn’t heard of it lol. props to you if you start a version of that near your home!

  25. Looks like anyone who is able to taste your delightful soup is privileged indeed, Heather!

  26. You have such a kind heart and I love the way you think. I reflect about this kind of stuff everyday and at times it does dishearten me to see how unfair society is sometimes but it’s people like you that reminds me that instead of reflecting and worrying we should be helping out instead to make the world a better place. 🙂 That soup sounds like such a awesome combo of creamy and sweet! I didn’t get a chance to enjoy the summer produce this summer but I definitely will now before the summer is over – I hope at least! 🙂

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