Cold Grilled Vegetable Soup
While all may appear to be calm on the surface here, I mean, what lies before your eyes is a nice bowl of soup all dressed up in its Sunday best and patiently waiting for its lucky owner to indulge, this photo shoot was in fact a little bit of the crazy kind…
Things aren’t always what they seem, you know!
Let’s just say that there was a lot going on behind the scene during the creation of this photo album, making it really hard for me to concentrate on the task at hand.
The whole time, I was a bit torn between taking my time and continue to enjoy the moment or just get it over with, eat real fast and move on to the next item on my way overfilled to-do list.
I opted for the first option!
It seems like no matter how intense the distraction or how busy their nightly schedule might be, a photographer’s passion simply cannot be extinguished that easily. Especially not if said photographer also happens to be a foodie.
Hey, food first, right? The rest can wait!
As a matter of fact, I ended up taking way too many pictures again; so much so, I had a hard time selecting the finalists…
I managed to bring the number down to just a little over ten.
Sorry about that!
To my defense, though, the elaboration of this album started a couple of days prior, so really that means TWO photo sessions.
And for the first one, I had all the time in the world.
It was me and my beloved vegetables.
Of course, you already know just how much I LOVE grilled vegetables. Well, I love them so much that I felt the urge to photograph them every step of the way before they were made into this delicious soup.
Yes, I did say a couple of days prior, for indeed, the making of this soup requires a little bit of planning ahead.
I started by grilling my vegetables one night and then I put them in the fridge to chill overnight.
The next day, once they were good and cold, I processed the veggies into a soup and again, let that chill overnight. That last step isn’t really necessary, for the soup was very good and tasty right out of the food processor, but I wanted to give it that much more time for the flavors to fully develop.
Plus, I already had something else planned for dinner that night.
So really, you have to get started at least one day prior, but you could also start a day or 2 earlier. There are no set rules here.
Same goes for the garnish! No rules!
I chose to garnish mine with unripened goat cheese and raw pumpkin seeds. Yeah, I know. It looks like I’ve been loving on goat cheese a lot, lately, but it really worked magnificently well with this soup! Its tanginess and creaminess complemented the refreshing and slightly smokey flavor of this thick and hearty soup.
If you don’t care for goat cheese, plain yogurt would also be a very good option. I tried that one too… but I much preferred the goat cheese!
Let’s see which one you prefer!
Cold Grilled Vegetable Soup
- 1 eggplant, top removed and cut in half
- 2 large onions, peeled and cut in half (leave the ends on, it'll help the onions stay together. You can remove them after they've been grilled and chilled)
- 6 white zucchinis, cut in half
- 3 celery stalks, leaves removed
- 1 yellow bell pepper, stem and seeds removed and cut in half
- 1 very large endive, cut in half
- 1 cup fat free Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp sea or hymalayan salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup parsley
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped finely
- juice of 1 lime
- 2 tbsp fresh basil
- Preheat your grill to medium high heat
- Sprinkle your vegetables with salt and pepper and place them on the grill, cut side down when applicable.
- Lower heat to medium, close the lid and cook your vegetables until they become nice and soft and get some nice grill marks on them, about 10 to 15 minutes (the eggplant might take a little bit longer)
- Allow your vegetables to cool down a bit then transfer then to a large container with a fitting lid.
- Place in the refrigerator to cool overnight or until completely chilled.
- Transfer the cooled vegetables to your food processor (don't forget to remove the ends off the onions if you left them on) add the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth.
- Serve immediately or allow to sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to allow flavors to develop.
- Garnish with unripened goat cheese and raw pumpkin seeds, if desired.
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Start by prepping your vegetables
Then onto the grill they go…
Process into a delicious soup!
See how nice and thick?
8 Comments on “Cold Grilled Vegetable Soup”
Ah well you. An never post too many pics Sonia. They look beautiful and refreshing. Love the idea of this soup and I can tell you without tasting it that I would definitely go for the goat cheese rather then the yogurt.. 🙂 o and I loved the cucumber salad!
Thanks Simone! I sometimes feel really bad about posting that many pics, but it’s hard to leave some of them out ,you know… I feel sorry for the poor pictures that get rejected. They just get stored in a virtual folder and hardly will ever get looked at. Poor things! So it’s really nice of you to say that you enjoy my posting so many pictures. It’s like music to my ears, ESPECIALLY coming from an unbelievably talented photographer such as yourself! 🙂 Thank you.
And I’m real happy to hear that you liked the cucumber salad! Thanks for letting me know! 🙂
This looks absolutely divine! but do you find that the coldness masks the flavour? would you recommend leaving to rise to room temperature before eating?
Not sure, Jess… You see, I like my hot soups to be piping hot and my cold soups icy cold. To me, the idea of a room temperature soup is a bit of a turn-off, so I definitely wouldn’t “recommend” it. I do see your point, however. Might be worth giving it a shot! 🙂
Oh the stories my pictures could tell if they could speak. I often have a billion and one things going on while I’m making a recipe for the blog. Not so much now that it’s what I’m doing full time – as I can finally just do a recipe a day instead of 8 in one go, but I can relate to you 100%!
EIGHT RECIPES IN ONE GO??? Oh my! I think the most I’ve done in one day is 4, and it was absolutely crazy! I could not imagine doing 8… Blogging full time must be sooo nice. How I envy you. Maybe someday I’ll get there too, who knows?
And I sure would love it if your pictures could speak. I’m sure some of those stories would be plain hilarious! Think they would answer if I asked them a question or two? 😉
Beautiful looking soup. Now for the taste test…
Make sure you send the results this way!!! 😀