The Power of Parenting

Monday, 21 September 2020

Chilly, Dilly Cucumber Soup

Age Range: 3 - 5 years

This is a nice summer "no cook" soup that grown ups and preschoolers can prepare together. If you have an herb garden, add some freshly snipped dill. Served in a bowl or cup, it is good to drink up!

*For this recipe, grown ups will need to do the trickier jobs, like peeling, and chopping, demonstrating how to do these things safely. Older children may be able to cut up pieces of cucumber with a plastic knife. Younger children can help to squeeze the lemon and measure the ingredients.


You will need:
  • 1  English cucumber
  • 1 dill pickle, chopped
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • juice from ½ lemon (or to taste)
  • 1 1/3 cup of plain yogourt or buttermilk
  • 1 ¼ cup  of water or vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon  chopped fresh dill



Peel the cucumber and cut into pieces. Place the cucumber, pickle, onion and lemon juice into a blender, and blend until very smooth. Add the yogourt, water, salt, pepper and dill and blend some more. When finished, chill the soup in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat it.


Enjoy this more with Comfort, Play & Teach™:

Comfort: Children love to participate in preparing meals. Jobs like pouring, stirring and measuring make them feel very capable and proud of their growing abilities.

Play: This recipe has different flavours and textures to compare – sour lemon, crunchy pickle, smooth yogurt! As you prepare the ingredients, close your eyes and taste them. Can you guess which one is cucumber, which is dill?

Teach: Children can practice counting as they spoon yogurt into a measuring cup. How many tablespoons make one cup? Talk about where the ingredients come from. Which is a vegetable? Which is a dairy product?