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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Rating:
★★★★★ 5 votes
Comments:
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!

Step-By-Step

1Put 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.
2Place in the refrigerator for at least half an hour to chill before serving.
3Top 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