This is like a gazpacho but I like to add lots of vegetables and I never strain the pulp because I just can't bear to get rid of all that healthy nutrition. I like to thin it out with a bit more tomato juice or clamato juice when serving and I good healthy drizzle of olive oil and perhaps a bit of chopped vegetables for some added crunch. This really is perfect on a hot night when you don't want to heat up the kitchen and last night it was 30 degrees C in my kitchen so this was the perfect thing.
You will need:
- 1 32 oz can of tomatoes or tomato juice
- 1/2 red onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 spring onions
- handful of basil
- 3 small or 1/2 English cucumber
- 1/2 fresh chili
- 1 small zucchini
- 1 avocado
- 3 fresh tomatoes
- 1 32 oz canned whole tomatoes and juice
- 1 lime juiced
- 1/2 cup great quality olive oil - I used a strong Spanish Dauro and Fuenroble to finish
- 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- chopped cilantro, cucumber and tomato to serve
Step 1: gather your ingredients. I don't peel the cucumbers or the zucchini but, you can if you prefer.
Step 2: add onion, garlic, spring onions, basil, cucumbers and chili. Mix and then add zucchini, avocado (some recipes add bread I think the avocado is a better thickener) fresh tomatoes, canned tomatoes, lime juice, olive oil and sherry vinegar. Mix to blend until pureed well. Taste and adjust with salt and pepper. Leave in fridge for a few hours to blend and chill.
Step 3: chop cucumber, tomato, bit of onion and some fresh cilantro (I really think the cilantro makes it but, if you don't like it add a bit of parsley)
Step 4: add your soup to a bowl and you can add a drizzle of tomato or clamato juice to thin it out if it is too thick. Then add a generous swirl of exceptional olive oil like this Spanish Fuenroble. Add your chopped veggies and a sprinkle of sea salt.
Fresh and bright tasting!