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Looking for some fun ideas for a cold vegetarian soup and a variety of mostly vegetarian salads...with one outstanding seafood salad to serve for a small party of 16.

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  1. Chilled Avocado-Cucumber Soup

    1 English cucumber peeled and diced. (Save a bit for a garnish, if you like)
    1 avocado, diced
    a bit of lemon zest and a tablespoon of juice
    1 scallon chopped (or less, depending on your taste)
    1 seeded jalapeno chopped
    1 cup plain yogurt (recipe calls for nonfat, but I used lowfat)
    1 cup cold water
    salt to taste

    Puree everything and chill. Garnish with cilantro.

    Note that this turned out more cucumber-y and less avocado-y than I expected. You could play with the proportions.

    I also have a chilled corn soup I love, but mine calls for chicken broth.

    A panzanella (bread salad) with really good tomatoes would be a nice addition. This month's Bon Appetit has a recipe for a grilled zucchini and bell pepper fattoush, which is a middle eastern bread salad with feta and olives. I haven't tried it yet, but it looks great. Have fun.

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    1. re: Glencora

      If you use some ice cubes instead of some of the water, the soup will be cold right away. I use about 1/2 a cucumber to a whole avocado, and also like to add some cumin and cilantro when I blend it.

    2. How about Fresh Corn Soup?

      Start with Vegetable broth. Add lots of fresh corn, salt & pepper. Puree half of the corn with the broth to gibe the broth texture.Here is the best part: serve with a dollop of Fresh salsa (maybe some tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro and Mexican cheese like blanco fresca). It can be served hot, cold or any where in between!

      1. A chilled fresh pea soup would be nice. A swirl of creme fraiche and maybe a few minced chives on top. You can use frozen baby peas and I'm sure there are a gazillion recipes on the net.

        1. Made a wonderful chopped avocado salad last week:
          avocado, black beans, red bell pepper, corn, celery, green onions. Dressed with a mixture of whole grain mustard, olive oil, and lemon juice in a 1:2:2 ratio.

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          1. re: nc213

            I make that almost every week but use a simple dressing of olive oil, lime juice and add in chopped cilantro. Red onion is pretty in place of the scallions. Last week I topped the salad with shredded freshly poached chicken and warmed up some corn tortillas to have along side. Simple and delicioius dinner with lots of texture and flavor. The beans i like to use are Kuner's Southwestern seasoned black beans with cumin. Drain well before mixing in.

          2. 2 large leeks
            1 large onion
            1 head of cauliflower
            2 lbs of broccoli
            4 cloves garlic
            salt and pepper
            vegi brooth or water

            clean and chop the leeks (white parts only)
            chop the onion
            in a large soup pot saute the leeks and onions in olive oil or butter till just softer, add the garlic
            add the the cleaned and chopped cauliflower and broccoli
            add water or veggie stock to just cover the veggies (about 48 ozs)

            bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 20 mins

            take about 1 cup of the liquid out. Use a hand blender to blend the soup. If soup is to thick add the reserved brooth, if to thin add a boiled potato.

            I like this soup chilled...a dollop of sour cream, greek yogurt, or creme fraiche would also be great.