Recipes for Health: Cold Cherry Soup


IMAGE CREDIT: Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times
5 cups water

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup red wine

1/4 teaspoon salt

Grated zest of 1/2 lemon

1 1/2 pounds sweet, dark cherries

1 cup drained yogurt

1. Pit the cherries, and place the pitted cherries in a bowl and the pits in a large soup pot. Add the water to the pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer five minutes. With a skimmer, remove the pits from the water. Add the sugar, red wine, salt and lemon zest, and bring back to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil five minutes, then add the cherries. Bring to a simmer, turn the heat to low, cover and simmer five minutes. Remove from the heat.

2. Place the yogurt in a large bowl and slowly whisk in a cup of the liquid from the soup once it is no longer simmering. Whisk until the mixture is smooth. Slowly add the rest of the soup, and whisk or stir until smooth. Allow to cool, stirring from time to time, then refrigerate until cold. Before serving, you will have to stir or whisk again, as the liquid and yogurt will separate. Still, the soup is easily homogenized.

3. Serve in bowls or in glass tumblers. If you wish, garnish with additional halved, pitted fresh cherries.

Yield: Serves six to eight.

Advance preparation: The soup will keep for two or three days in the refrigerator. (I found myself snacking on the leftovers — very refreshing on a hot summer day.)

Nutritional information per serving (six servings): 178 calories; 1 gram saturated fat; 0 grams polyunsaturated fat; 0 grams monounsaturated fat; 3 milligrams cholesterol; 37 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams dietary fiber; 116 milligrams sodium; 4 grams protein

Nutritional information per serving (eight servings): 134 calories; 0 grams saturated fat; 0 grams polyunsaturated fat; 0 grams monounsaturated fat; 2 milligrams cholesterol; 28 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams dietary fiber; 87 milligrams sodium; 3 grams protein

Martha Rose Shulman is the author of “The Very Best of Recipes for Health.”

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