Spicy Gazpacho

Sandra McGrath

By
@SandyJJ

Lately it seems as though more nutritionists have been touting the healing and health benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables.Summertime is such a great opportunity (especially when you live in a cold winter climate!), to take advantage of the bounty and availability of tomatoes and cucumbers. I find this a refreshing change to the usual picnic fare (although I will never give up my cookout dishes!). It's both tasty and healthy.I like to top it with low fat sour cream, avocado, cilantro and pumpkin seeds with a wedge of lime although you could also drink it from a glass!


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Serves:

8-10

Prep:

20 Min

Method:

Food Processor

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
In the past, I haven't really been fond of a cold soup. But this one has changed my mind! I loved the mix of vegetables, and the seasoning were just right. This is the perfect soup to enjoy on a hot summer day.

Ingredients

4-5 large
tomatoes, cut up and diced
2 can(s)
diced tomatoes (14 oz)
1 large
diced cucumber
1 medium
red bell pepper, diced
1 medium
jalapeno pepper, cleaned and diced
1 medium
red onion, diced
2 clove
garlic, minced
1 bottle
v-8 (spicy, low sodium or any variety), 32 oz. juice or tomato juice
2 Tbsp
extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp
balsamic vinegar or sherry or wine vinegar if preferred
2 Tbsp
fresh squeezed lime juice
1 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
chili powder

TOPPING INGREDIENTS (SUGGESTIONS)

sliced avocado
low-fat sour cream
pumpkin seeds
chopped cilantro
lime wedges for additional zing!

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Put the ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine. Place 1/2 the mixture in a blender and pulse untill roughly chopped but not pureed. Do the same for the second half or if you like chunky, leave it and mix together with the blended mixture.
2
Place in the refrigerator for at least half an hour to chill before serving.
3
Top with you favorite topping and serve with grilled bread or croutons if preferred. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Spanish
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtag: #Tomato