A Perfect Summer Meal: Chilled Corn Soup

When the corn is fresh and it’s too hot to cook, don’t!  This refreshing and filling soup is not only quick and easy to prepare, it doesn’t heat you or your kitchen up.

Go out and pick your corn, basil and scallions – or get them from your local farmer – and whip up this soup for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

CHILLED CORN SOUP

3 ears corn, shucked or 3 – 3 ½ cups organic, sweet white corn kernels (I love the frozen found at Costco when fresh corn isn’t available)

1 ½ cups buttermilk

½ cup basil leaves, more for garnish

3 scallions, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, more to taste

1 fat garlic clove, roughly chopped

¾ teaspoon fine sea salt

1/3 cup ice cubes

Radish slices, for garnish

Extra-virgin olive oil, for garnish

Slice kernels off corn cobs (you should have 3 to 3 1/2 cups kernels). Discard cobs and place kernels in a blender.

Add buttermilk, basil, scallions, lime juice, garlic, salt and 1/3 cup ice cubes to the blender and purée until very smooth.

Serve soup garnished with radish slices and a drizzle of olive oil.

Add a greens salad, some crunchy crackers or a slice of peasant bread, and you are set for a heavenly and nutritious dining experience.  Make sure you invite Al Fresco to your party, he always makes it even more enjoyable.

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