Cold Cucumber and Cubanelle Soup with Cashews and Chives

Also known as Italian Frying peppers. Cubanelle peppers are large and blocky. They are light green in appearance and they mature red. The thin walls of this pepper make it an excellent choice for frying. This pepper is not hot.

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3 large cucumbers (2 1/2 lbs total), peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks
1 Cubanelle pepper (Italian green frying pepper), halved lengthwise and seeded
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup unsalted roasted cashews
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 large garlic clove, chopped
For garnish: diced tomato, chopped chives


Purée cucumbers and half of Cubanelle (finely chop remaining half for garnish) with water, oil, cashews, vinegar, garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a blender (in batches if necessary) until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and chill until cold, about 2 hours. Whisk before serving and season with salt and pepper.

Makes 6 servings.