Cucumber Yogurt Soup with Raisins & Pistachios

It’s hard to believe it’s already June. The days and months go by fast when you’re caring for a baby. Even more amazing is when that baby is already sitting up, eating fruits and vegetables, babbling, squealing, laughing out loud, and starting to look more like a little boy than a baby. Astounding what nature can do in six months.

This year seems to me like it has transitioned from November directly to June. The months in between were swallowed up somehow, and time came to a halt as I lived, really lived, slowly, quietly, contentedly, for the first time in many years.

But here we are in June and I’m looking forward to summer. To my tomatoes ripening. To fresh salads. To lazy days by the pool and vacations with family. The weather is already very warm and rain makes daily afternoon visits. I have been cooking and creating new recipes that I’m hoping to eventually share with you. I made this cucumber soup and thought you’d enjoy it these warm days. It’s chunky, satisfying and very refreshing!




Total Time: 15 MIN


1 pound cucumbers, peeled and finely diced
1 medium bunch dill, minced
½ cup raisins, chopped
½ cup pistachios, chopped
Sea salt and ground pepper
1 cup plain yogurt
½ cup cold water


Place the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir well to combine. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. Garnish with extra pistachios, if you wish.


4 Responses to “Cucumber Yogurt Soup with Raisins & Pistachios”

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    Eha — 06/04/2013 @ 4:49 am

    I am so curious about the taste of this that it has gone on the menu for tomorrow! Have never used raisins and cucumbers together and I seem to remember almonds, but have pistachios at home! It may be winter here but for me that is no problem! Oh, and Nisrine, any chance of posting a photo of James: I remember him from the time you displayed the baby bump in Morocco :) !!!

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    Sona — 06/04/2013 @ 7:18 am

    This is very refreshing no matter what the weather is.I would like to use greek yogourt, I guess I will need more water but I’m wondering about the taste!

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    Nisrine — 06/04/2013 @ 2:27 pm

    Cucumbers and raisins go surprisingly well together. And yes, I will post some pics soon.

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    sevey — 07/20/2013 @ 7:02 pm

    An interesting dish. I think my parents would really like this. My father is very lucky to have grown quiet a few cucumbers this year. I also wanted to thank you for the chicken adana recipe. I ended up substituting ground chicken with ground Turkey and it was pretty good. I also love how you described your year, a very poetic statement. I hope to one day know that feeling!

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