A bowl of cucumber, pea & lettuce soup with bread

Cucumber, pea & lettuce soup

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(22 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4

Treat as a healthy lunch or vegetarian starter, this simple and refreshing vibrant green soup is low in calories and features three of your five-a-day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian


  • kcal156
  • fat3g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre7g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.6g
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  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • small bunch spring onions, roughly chopped
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 1 cucumber, roughly chopped
  • 1 large round lettuce, roughly chopped



    Lettuce are available in a vast number of varieties, and are either crisp or floppy, growing…

  • 225g frozen peas



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 4 tsp vegetable bouillon
  • 4 tbsp bio yogurt (optional)
  • 4 slices rye bread


  1. Boil 1.4 litres water in a kettle. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and cook the spring onions for 5 mins, stirring frequently, or until softened. Add the cucumber, lettuce and peas, then pour in the boiled water. Stir in the bouillon, cover and simmer for 10 mins or until the vegetables are soft but still bright green.

  2. Blitz the mixture with a hand blender until smooth. Serve hot or cold, topped with yogurt (if you like), with rye bread alongside.

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6th May, 2020
I thought the soup was very bland and watery. I added a few bits to it but felt it needs something else in it.
18th Apr, 2020
This is a good recipe, I halved ingredients for 2 portions and it still would serve 3 people. My only criticism is that it’s a little bland, so I added some dried mint. Turned out delicious!
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Trevor Gill
16th Nov, 2019
How can a portion of soup contain 3 of your 5 a day?
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Tarnz inthegarden
27th Jan, 2019
This was surprisingly good! Pleasantly surprised :) I used 2 "drunken women" lettuces, red spring onions and 2 good sized "diva" cucumbers straight from my garden - only the peas were store bought - so this is a winner all round. I had read through the comments first so only used 1 litre of water and it certainly didn't need any more - was tasty and made more than enough for lunch for three and some for the freezer.
26th Jun, 2018
Perhaps the best soup I have ever made! Surplus lettuce straight from the garden and cucumber just harvested from the greenhouse.
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9th Feb, 2018
The volume of water suggested is about right - if you're cooking in a cold and windy kitchen without a pan lid! The other comments are right to use about a litre of water instead. I added a handful of fresh coriander to my soup, which worked pretty well. Overall, a decent recipe!
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11th Dec, 2017
I really would not rate this soup even 1 star. I thought the ingredients sounded bland but had everything in and they need using up so I thought I'd try it. Alas, it is as bland as I thought. Maybe I'm just a fan of bigger flavours. My kids (3 and 1) gobbled down a portion each of "monster slime soup" though! I mixed in yoghurt and topped with parmesan. I added lots of Naga chilli salt to my portion after finding it so bland. Served with dark rye bread. Now to freeze the leftovers in kid sized portions...
7th Aug, 2017
Didn't change a thing about this recipe...it turned out as green as Kermit but thankfully much tastier! Love it will definitely make this again, I am thinking it will freeze ok, might lose a little in vividness but I can live with that!
24th Jul, 2017
Not a recipe I'd have been tempted to try if it weren't part of the Healthy Diet Plan, but one I'll be making again. I used some chicken stock I happened to have in the fridge, and a mixture of lettuce leaves from the garden, and it was delicious, much tastier than I expected. Having noted the comments here about the volume, I reduced the liquid to 1 litre, and it made plenty for 4 adult servings plus a child's small helping.
3rd Jul, 2017
It makes a huge amount. I reduced the amount of water a little but a really refreshing soup


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