Arugula Cucumber Gazpacho is a refreshing and light summer soup that combines the peppery flavour of arugula with the cool and crisp taste of cucumber. This chilled soup is perfect for hot summer days and can be served as a starter or a light main course.

2 pounds English cucumbers (about 2 large), chopped (reserve 1/2 cup for garnish)
2 garlic cloves, smashed (or 1 tbsp Garlic EVOO)
2 cups coarsely chopped arugula
2 cups coarsely chopped mixed tender herbs (such as basil, parsley, cilantro, and/or mint)
3 tablespoons (or more) Lemon white balsamic
Kosher salt
3/4 cup (or more) EVOO (mild or medium intensity)

Purée cucumbers, garlic, and ½ cup water in a blender until smooth. Add arugula, herbs, balsamic, and a large pinch of salt. Purée, then stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender as needed, until very smooth. With the motor running, slowly stream in oil; blend until emulsified. (The mixture will turn pale green and look creamy, almost like a salad dressing; add more oil and/or water if needed.) Taste gazpacho and season with more salt and vinegar as desired—you want it to be borderline too salty and acidic at room temperature. Transfer gazpacho to an airtight container; cover and chill until very cold, 4–12 hours. Taste gazpacho and adjust with a little more salt and/or vinegar as needed just before pouring into chilled glasses or bowls. Garnish with freshly cut, chopped (small) cucumber pieces and drizzles of EVOO.

Inspired by: Bon Appetit