Cucumber Detox Soup - Dr. Axe

Secret Cucumber Detox Soup Recipe

Secret cucumber detox soup recipe - Dr. Axe

Detoxing is a terrific way to rid your body of all those nasty things that sneak into your food and affect your digestive system. But buying those fad, overpriced detox kits isn’t the way to do it.

Instead, eating fresh, whole foods will help you feel great, both on the inside and outside. That’s why I highly recommend my Secret Cucumber Detox Soup recipe.

Detox Soup Ingredients

This cucumber detox soup is one of my favorite recipes when I want to hit the “reset” button on my diet. It’s packed with cucumber, renowned for cleansing the liver, our body’s main detoxing organ.

In fact, cucumbers are one of the best detoxifying foods. They contain compounds called cucurbitacins, which are known to support digestive function. These compounds can help keep the liver healthy, assist in elimination, help protect the gastrointestinal tract and also potentially reduce fluid retention.

Cucumbers are also considered a natural diuretic food, meaning they can help the body produce more urine to carry out toxins and waste. It’s why cucumber water is a simple detox drink.


Lemons help keep your skin healthy and glowing thanks to their antioxidant content. Antioxidants help fight off free radicals and prevent oxidative damage, which accounts for the many benefits of lemon water for skin.

Apple cider vinegar is another powerful detoxifier. It can help balance your pH, encourage lymphatic drainage and enhance circulation. It’s also a main ingredient of my Secret Detox Drink to get a concentrated megadose of health-promoting ingredients that can aid in detoxification.

This detox soup also includes avocado and olive oil, which adds healthy fats and a creamy texture. The sea salt helps to push waste through the body, release toxins and improve digestion.

If you’ve had a particularly indulgent weekend, try this Secret Cucumber Detox Soup to feel cleansed.

Secret cucumber detox soup ingredients - Dr. Axe

How to Make a Detox Soup

Start by adding the cucumber, onion, olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar and water into a high-powered blender. Puree on high until the mix is smooth.

Secret cucumber detox soup step 1 - Dr. Axe

Then add in the chili powder, salt and remaining ingredients and blend together.

Secret cucumber detox soup step 2 - Dr. Axe

Garnish this detox soup with cucumber slices on top and smoked paprika and serve. This refreshing cucumber soup makes for a healthy low-calorie side dish or snack. It’s also ready in minutes, and because it’s served cool, this cucumber soup is portable, excellent for taking to work. You won’t believe how good a detox can taste!

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Cucumber detox soup

Cucumber Detox Soup Recipe

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  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 8 min
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Eating fresh, whole foods will help you feel great, both on the inside and outside. This cucumber detox soup delivers.


  • 1 cucumber (peeled and de-seeded plus additional cucumber for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon onion (minced)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 dash of cayenne pepper
  • smoked paprika for garnish


  1. Throw all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend on high speed until smooth.
  2. Serve, garnishing with extra cucumber cubes and smoked paprika if desired.
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Category: Soups, Side Dishes
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl (174g)
  • Calories: 121
  • Sugar: 1.3
  • Sodium: 157mg
  • Fat: 10.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8.7g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.2g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 1.4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Total Time

5 minutes




  • 1 cucumber (peeled and de-seeded plus additional cuke for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon onion (minced)
  • 1 avocado, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 dash of Cayenne Pepper
  • Paprika for garnish


  1. Throw all ingredients into a Vitamix or high-powered blender and blend on high speed until smooth.
  2. Serve, garnishing with extra cucumber cubes and smoked paprika if desired.

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  1. Sarah on

    Is there an ingredient to replace the avocado? I am allergic to avocado but would love to try this soup as it seems it would be a good detox..

  2. Shelley on

    I love this soup! It tastes delicious and because it’s good for me, I feel even better about having it. Enjoy! It makes about 2 cups.

  3. Tina Restrepo on

    Why is it eaten cold? Soup is supposed to be hot. Can I heat it up? Will I still get the benefits?

  4. Babette on

    I was mildly surprised how good this soup is! It was so easy and so few ingredients that I thought I’ll try it but it can’t be that good. Thank you and please keep these healthy recipes coming!

  5. Olimpia on

    I have been following Dr. Axe for over a decade, and, to date, nothing in his articles or videos has steered me wrong. I am super excited about this soup recipe! Thank you, Dr. Axe😁

  6. Patricia on

    Delicious just added celery for an additional boost. Enjoy daily as a snack to keep me in check, decrease bloating and just because I enjoy it!

  7. Paula on

    Is this detox “safe” for a person with Type 1 diabetes using insulin?
    Is there a change in stools or other visual results, side effects? How often do you recommend this detox be used?
    Thank you.

  8. Anna Anderson on

    You’re a recipe for cucumber soup sounds very delicious.

    But as far as detoxing you might want to consider leaving out the two nightshades -chili peppers and paprika!!

    Unfortunately very little research has been done into nightshades and the toxicity of them.

    They are highly inflammatory. Many people have a severe intolerance of them. I am one of them -Suffered many years

      • Olimpia on

        If I may, people can be cured of their allergic reactions to foods. I see a wellness practitioner and get NAET treatments when necessary. I think finding a NAET practitioner is going to transform these people’s lives in a very positive way. Thank you for allowing room for us to contribute to the wellness discussion, Dr. Axe!

    • Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DNM, CN on

      I would recommend that you have it as part of clean eating diet … or you can go on a mini-fast for up to two days and have this soup 3 times a day along with plenty of water and bone broth. I will update this post shortly to add more ideas. Thank you for the great questions!

  9. Lu on

    I made the soup for lunch. It was so good. I added a smidge more cayenne
    and 2 T lemon juice instead of one.
    I will be making it again for a great summer lunch. 😋

  10. Sally on

    Hi Guys : )
    Try highlighting the recipe, right click, click “copy” and then paste to a word document and then print. Or you can email it to yourself and then print the email!

  11. Vickie on

    Thank you for this amazing recipe. Just tried this tonight for a light meal and it was delicious. The flavors blended nicely and I used my food processor.

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      Hello Melissa, this recipe is made with real foods so you should be fine to consume multiple times a week. However, I suggest you work with your physician to make sure your health needs are being met.

  12. Alset on

    I see this has been out there for a while and comments are at least a year old. Well I’ll still give this a shot. My question is why the peeling and de-seeding of the cucumber? I read conflicting things about this topic but I’ve always just eaten them organic and raw, including seeds and skin. Please let me know if this is not a good idea and why. Thanks.

  13. Susan Vail on

    Hi. Any idea of the approximate calories? Also would you have a detox for adrenals and pancreas? Thank you for all the education and all the work you do.

  14. J on

    This looks amazing!! Just a thought, though…your steps/ingredients in the video are congruent with the recipe, but in the end it looks oh so delicious and filling as you pour the entire blender into one bowl serving. You have listed that the recipe serves 4? That’s where I get lost.

  15. Michelle K on

    This was absolutely delish!
    I substituted unsweetened coconut milk for water and omitted the olive oil.
    Thank you!

  16. Darlene Donadio on

    I want to start eating clean but without losing the weight. I’m currently at a comfortable weight and do not like the way weight loss looks on me. How can I go about doing that?

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      Hi Darlene, consuming healthy fats is a great way to eat clean without dropping the pounds. You can learn more about healthy fats here:

  17. Bobga George on

    Dr I am based in Cameron and have fallen in love with some of your products. Do you have an agent in Africa or in Cameroon?

  18. Jude on

    I wiz up my smoothies with a Vitamix. I’ve read many say this is not as good for you as juicing. I can’t see the sense of discarding all that healthy fiber after juicing. What is your opinion, Doc?

  19. onyinye on

    Hi Dr Axe. Can you tell me the type of juicing I should be preparing as am currently fighting cancer. Thank you very much

  20. Norma on

    Excellent recipes and good advice, try everything you recommend ..always look forward to receiving your emails, keep up the good work

  21. Dorothy on

    I have been using laxative for over 40 yrs and I cannot have bowel movement without it. Now I am having a lot of bloating and seems very uncomfortable. How can I get some relieve . I have already signed in your program. Thanks. Please I will like to get the free eBook.

    • Deirdre Stevens on

      Hi Dorothy. In reading comments I came across yours and I too had very similar issue. I started taking 500 mg. Magnesium daily. I hear that as women get older they need more of this. After a but a week I was regular daily! I even had to break what I had in half to cut dose down because it worked “too well”! I have no idea if there might be medical reasons NOT to take magnesium…..but it has been a blessing to me.

  22. Robin on

    This soup sounds great. I follow the AIP diet. Are there other spices you would recommend for additional flavor in place of the chili and cayenne pepper? Thanks for all your posts!

  23. Carrie on

    Hi Dr Axe , once again another great tasting and healthy recipe ! I make most all your recipes and love them all ! I have been wheat free , grain and sugar free for over two years now and feel awesome . I am so grateful that you share your wonderful recipes and I love reading and learning from you ! Thank you !

  24. Teresa on

    Hi Dr. Axe, appreciate that healthy sumptous recipe, csnt wait to try it… Further, I’d like to seek for your advise on what should i or should not eat having my Thyroid fully taken out and now that i am under medication to balance my TSH.
    Hoping for your reply.

    • christine on

      Microwaving food chang’s taste of food and also it isn’t healthy at all to cook food or warm food up. Got rid of mine 20 + yrs ago.

      • Denise on

        I just made this recipe in my Nutribullet, and it worked great!
        And it was amazingly good! I feel like I’m coming down with
        something so I added a clove of garlic for added benefit.
        I can see this will be my “go to” when feeling under the weather,
        maybe adding more cayenne to help “sweat it out”.

        Thank you Dr Axe for your wonderful recipes!

  25. Lorie on

    Looks delish! Especially with Spring on the horizon and we move from heavier foods to lighter, cooler selections. I really love your posted recipes but I am watching my macro nutrients per meal, could you please provide a calorie-nutrient (calories+fat+protein+carb) breakdown per serving on your posts? That would be super helpful! Thank you again for promoting good health.

  26. Olga on

    Love all the info. My question is in reference to consuming coconut oil which I know has a lot of good benefits but it’s solid at room temperature like margarine or like lard?I’m using MCT oil in liquid form. from Palm fruit. I Love coconut milk, and eating it fresh.

  27. linda on

    Healthy,clean meats,organic fruits and vegs ,wild caught fish and grain free eating are certainly what made me lose weight and maintain that healthy feeling for over 2 years now. I take no medications at 54 yrs. So thankful for your guidance Dr.Axe!!

  28. sher on

    Hi Doc.Axe.I have been trying to loose weight, but unsuccessful so far.What do you think about the Herbal life products?

      • Calvin on

        Absolutely right. Ive lost 30 lbs by eating clean, no proceseed foods…mainly vegetables and some meat and friuts…a little dairy…and some good old fashioned exercise

  29. Darci on

    This sounds wonderful! Can you please clarify if this is a cold or hot soup? Blend to smooth sounds like it may be a cold soup(?). Thank you and can’t wait to try it!
    Love ALL your recipes do far!! !!


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