Vegan, gluten free, nut free

 

This is a beautifully refreshing cold soup for a hot summer day. Super hydrating, a great light meal for when it’s too hot to eat, or a refreshing beverage. Not to mention it’s an excellent source of vitamins and minerals!

 

Kids will love this too so it’s a great way to get them to eat their veggies while feeling a bit more fun – especially if served with a cute paper straw!

 

The real key to getting this right though, is selecting super sweet and ripe tomatoes. Look for the rich, red colour and sweet, earthy smell when choosing them.

 

The wonderful thing about this gazpacho is that once you have the basic recipe down, you can get creative and experiment with adding different flavours. You could try green or yellow tomatoes, adding peeled sweet pepper or carrots, or my personal favourite – adding a dash of tabasco and Worcester sauce for an incredible virgin Mary!

 

One last note, I have included raw garlic in this recipe but feel free to omit it if you prefer.

 

Tomato Gazpacho

 

Serves: 6-8

Prep time: 20 mins + chill time

Cook time: 5 mins

 

Ingredients

8 large, ripe tomatoes

1 medium English cucumber

1 stalk celery

1 spring onion

1 garlic clove (optional)

1 lemon or lime, juice

3 tbsp sherry vinegar

1 fresh jalapeno, deseeded

1/4 cup olive oil

freshly ground salt & pepper

 

 

Directions

 

  1. Boil a pan of water then remove it from the heat. Place the tomatoes in the water for around 3 minutes then remove. This makes them easy to peel.
  2. Place a colander over a bowl. Peel the tomatoes then cut and scoop out the seeds. Put the seeds in the colander to allow the juice to drain into the bowl (you’ll be using this).
  3. Peel and roughly chop the cucumber, chop the celery and the middle section on the spring onion. Peel the garlic clove if using.
  4. Put all of the ingredients into a blender cup and add the juice from the tomato seeds.
  5. Blend for a minute or two until gazpacho is smooth and no lumps remain. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Chill and serve in a cold glass. Bliss!

 

Have you tried this recipe? Is there another summer dish you’d like me to create a recipe for? Let me know in the comments!