Anybody else suffering from an abundance of tomatoes and cukes? Last weekend I was headed to a potluck so I whipped up this chilled summer soup. While there are lots of variations on this soup, this time I made the Andalusian version, and processed the veggies into a pureed “drink”, like a spicy smoothie.
While this recipe is simple, there is quite a bit of prep (if you are interested in making sure all the cucumber and tomato seeds have been removed). I chopped all my veggies in batches, mixed everything together and let it chill in the fridge for a few hours.
- 4 cups tomatoes, chopped and de-seeded (about 5-6 medium tomatoes)
- 2 cucumbers, peeled, de-seeded, and chopped
- 3/4 cup red pepper, chopped
- 3/4 cup red onion, chopped
- 1 small jalapeno
- 1/4 cup water
- 3-4 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp sherry vinegar
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
1. Gather all of the above ingredients plus a food processor or vitamix, a large bowl, a cutting board, and a sharp knife.
2. Place garlic in the food processor. Slice and seed the jalapeno (wear gloves or wash your hands thoroughly after as these babies can burn!) and add to the food processor. Add a few spoonfuls of water (reserve the rest) and process this mixture until finely diced.
3. Now roughly chop the rest of your veggies so they will fit into the food processor, and working in batches process them so they are finely chopped but not liquefied, adding them to the bowl as you go.
4. One all the veggies have been added to the bowl add the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, Worcestershire, cumin and salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Adjust seasoning to taste. Add more water if you would like a more soupy consistency. Chill for at least two hours and serve with a garnish of lime, or a slice of crusty bread.
Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist. She offers this recipe to tickle your taste buds. Please see you medical professional for specific dietary advice.