Gazpacho

gaspacho

This recipe is my adaptation of a former bosses, Chef Julie Robles, at Tavern.  She created this when she worked at Lucques.  It’s a fool proof recipe that tastes so much more complex than it is to make.  I changed it up by making it oil-free, you can use whatever ripe tomatoes (not just ripe yellow tomatoes) you fancy for the base of the soup, I no longer use red wine vinegar to make it, and I don’t peel the cucumbers or strain the soup to retain the insoluble fiber content.  It’s a rustic cold soup, rich in the vital anti-oxidant lycopene, vitamins A and C.

What I love most about gazpacho is that it is raw and not cooked so this soup retains so much of its beneficial enzymes, making it easier to digest.  Another reason I love making gazpacho is that it is oh-so easy to make!  In the past, I made gazpacho for my clients using red wine vinegar but for this recipe I swapped it out with raw coconut vinegar because it is alkaline and has more health benefits.  I personally feel that coconut vinegar tastes much better than apple cider vinegar, plus coconut vinegar has more nutrients—17 amino acids, minerals, vitamin C, broad-spectrum B vitamins, and has a nearly neutral pH.   It is also an excellent source of a prebiotic,  Fructooligosaccharide (FOS), that promotes digestive health.

I hope you enjoy this refreshing and delicious, cold soup along with all of its benefits!

Enjoy and cheers to good health!

 

Gazpacho

Servings: 2 to 4

Time: 10 minutes

V, GF, DF, GFV, NF, SF, SRF, R

 

Ingredients

Garnish:

1 1/2 Tbsp of red bell pepper, chopped

1 1/2 Tbsp of red onion, diced

1 1/2 Tbsp cucumber, seeded and diced

9 small cherry tomatoes, cut in half

6 cilantro leaves

big pinch sea salt
a pinch freshly ground black pepper
Soup:

1 1/4 pounds ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped

1 1/2 Persian cucumbers, coarsely chopped

1/4 jalapeno, seeded, and cut in half

2 sprigs of cilantro

1 clove of garlic, chopped

3 Tbsp vegetable stock or filtered water

1 Tbsp of coconut vinegar (can substitute with raw apple cider vinegar)

3/4 tsp sea salt

cayenne pepper, as needed

 

Directions

1. In a small bowl, toss together 3 Tbsp of diced cucumber, 3 Tbsp diced red bell pepper, and 1 1/2 Tbsp diced red onion.  Season with a couple pinches of salt and pepper.  Toss again.  Set aside

2.  Place all of the soup ingredients into a high-powered blender.  Blend well.  If the soup is too thick, adjust the consistency with the vegetable stock or filtered water.  Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly.

3.  Pour the mixture into 2-3 soup bowls and scatter the garnish over the soup equally.

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