Celery-Cucumber Buttermilk Soup with Couscous

There is a Moroccan country soup that’s so simple yet so delicious. You never see it in books or recipe sites—perhaps because it’s so simple it doesn’t qualify as a recipe.

It is made with lben (buttermilk) and couscous and, well…, nothing else. You either love it or you don’t. Nobody I know has a middle opinion about it.

Celery-Cucumber Buttermilk Soup with Couscous

I am one who loves it. I think you will too.

I have received a few email requests for Ramadan recipes and immediately thought of this buttermilk soup called saikok. I’m not sure if the name has a meaning but it sounds rustic like the soup itself.

I thought something this traditional would be fitting for the holiday. I also thought the enzymes in the fermented milk would be healthful for the tummies of those fasting (and those who aren’t).

I added celery, cucumber, and basil for a fresher taste added vitamins, and a pretty green color (no longer so rustic-looking with the green color). It came out tangy, fragrant, and refreshing—perfect for summer.

And yes it is a cold soup; a Moroccan-style gazpacho, if you would!

Happy fasting and feasting!

Celery-Cucumber Buttermilk Soup With Couscous

YIELD: 4 Generous Servings



  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 8 celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
  • 10 basil leaves
  • Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups buttermilk or kefir
  • 2 cups cooked whole-grain couscous


Place the water, olive oil, chopped celery, cucumbers and basil in the container of a blender. Season with salt and pepper. Blend for at least 1 minute, until very smooth.

Strain the mixture into a pitcher or a large bowl (and discard the solids). Add the buttermilk or kefir and stir.

Divide the couscous among 4 serving bowls. Pour the buttermilk-vegetable mixture over the couscous. Stir a bit. Enjoy!

You may serve the soup right away or chill for an hour or two.

Jennifer Dumas

My name is Jennifer! Welcome to Dinners and Dreams. My goal here is to encourage you to try out recipes you never thought you could make at home. Furthermore, I also review products that I have used in the past or currently using to make every day buying decisions easier and to ensure you get the best value for your money.

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