This refreshing soup, made with cooling ingredients and served icy cold, is the perfect light lunch on a hot day. I enjoy it all summer-and I always have the best naps after eating it. You can make the yogurt mixture ahead and keep it in the fridge and just dish out a bowl whenever you like. Though optional, the rose petals make it pretty and quintessentially Persian. You can usually find food-safe dried rose petals in Middle Eastern supermarkets.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 2-cup bowls
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Puree yogurt, salt, and dried mint in a blender with enough of the water to create a smooth, thin soup. It will thicken some when you add the bread.

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  • Divide the cucumbers, raisins, walnuts, and herbs among four bowls.

  • Pour one-fourth of the yogurt mixture into each bowl.

  • Top with rose petals, and add a few ice cubes to each bowl.

  • Tear bread into small pieces and add some to each bowl. Let bread soak 5 to 7 minutes before serving. Serve cold.

Cook's Notes:

Any seedless cucumber will do.

Use 1 cup of any fresh green herbs you like, such as mint, parsley, dill, and basil.

Substitute pita with any flatbread you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

304 calories; protein 11g; carbohydrates 33.2g; fat 15.4g; cholesterol 22.5mg; sodium 793.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2018
This was the PERFECT lunch for a Saturday during the current heatwave here in NJ! I saw your article in the recent AR magazine and I've been positively itching to make this ever since. I added a pinch of cardamom just for extra depth since I didn't have the rose petals this time. I made a quick flatbread dough of greek yogurt flour and rosemary that i cooked in a cast iron skillet while the soup was chilling. The recipe was more than enough for my husband and I to have generous portions for lunch and I packed the leftovers for my lunch at work. It's simply delicious and satisfying - thank you for sharing! Read More
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