The BEST Gazpacho Soup Recipe That You Can't Mess Up!
My friend Sonia brought this over the other day for us to try, and I wasn't surprised that Kent and I loved it, but I was shocked at how much the kids loved it, too. Our kids are sooooooo different than I was growing up. I never wanted to try anything new and I certainly wouldn't have liked anything that was so good for me! At first they didn't want any, so I said casually, “Cool, more for us.” Then I heard, “Well, maybe I'll try a little.” Next thing I knew, we were fighting over who got the last of it. 🙂
I love this time of year when the produce is coming in and fresh foods are abundant, they just taste so good, especially if you buy from a farmer who knows about the importance of healthy soil!
You probably know there are some “raw foodies” out there who swear we shouldn't eat anything cooked, and I certainly don't agree with that because traditional cultures all cooked some of their food, and besides, did you know that certain foods are better for you when cooked? Greens like spinach, chard and others shouldn’t be eaten raw, such as in a green smoothie, because they contain oxalic acid, which blocks mineral absorption. (Check out this superfood smoothie though.) Oxalic acid is reduced by cooking, though, so just give it a light steam before you toss it into your smoothies. Cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, kale, and a few others, should also be gently cooked before eating them to reduce the goitrogens, which are substances that suppress the function of the thyroid gland. (Source and more info on the above.)
- Weston Price never endorsed a diet high in raw foods (he specifically counseled that vegetables should be cooked) and never once mentioned juicing and detoxification in his writings. (Source)
However, the Weston Price Foundation has always said that we should definitely have some raw foods in our daily diets for the wonderful nutritional enzyme boost.
- In all traditional cultures, some animal products are eaten raw.
- Primitive and traditional diets have a high food-enzyme content from raw dairy products, raw meat and fish; raw honey; tropical fruits; cold-pressed oils; wine and unpasteurized beer; and naturally preserved, lacto-fermented vegetables, fruits, beverages, meats and condiments. (Source: Characteristics of Healthy Diets.)
The BEST Gazpacho Soup Recipe
Note in the recipe below that you'll want to use as many organic ingredients as you're able, and *check the “Dirty Dozen” list for those that are most important to buy organic.
- 1 pound tomatoes (I seeded about half and left the seeds in half, or seed them all if you'd like)
- 4 pickling cucumbers, peeled and seeded
- 1 medium Vidalia onion
- 1 large red pepper, seeded
- 3 cups tomato or vegetable juice
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro (You could also add fresh parsley!)
- 1/3 red wine vinegar (You might try using Kombucha!)
- 1/4 cup oil of choice I used half sesame oil and half olive oil (make sure yours is REAL — click that link for more info.
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- Avocados and sour cream to serve on top — we like a lot!
- Optional: siracha sauce on top — this one is my favorite because it tastes SO good and has no preservatives!
Add half the tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, and pepper into a food processor. Add about 1/2 cup of the tomato or vegetable juice and puree the vegetables. While the food processor is on and is pureeing, slowly pour your oil into the food processor.
Toss in the cilantro and pulse chop until it's the size you prefer. Dump this puree into a large bowl. Stir in the rest of the tomato/vegetable juice and the red wine vinegar.
Put the remaining vegetables in the food processor and pulse chop until they are the size you like. Combine all these ingredients in the large bowl and give it 24 hours before you dig in.
Chop up avocado and add pieces when serving along with sour cream if desired. Don't forget some siracha if you like a little kick. Not too much because you'll still want to taste all the fresh flavors from the vegetables.
A few more notes:
Important note: This tastes so much better after 24 hours. Making it in advance is important for best flavor.
How you process it in the food processor depends on how smooth or chunky you want it. I like mine with some texture and small pieces, so I pureed half the ingredients and pulse chopped the rest until they were the size I wanted.
Food processor bowls vary in size. You might need to chop and puree in batches. Just don't skip the step where you slowly add the oil while it processes.
Some people prefer to strain the puree to get out any seeds from the tomatoes. If you want to do this, be sure you do it before you add the cilantro.
This is a great base recipe. You can add more or less of anything, leave something out, add something new. It's really hard to mess up!
- We also LOVE these kale chips!
- Read more from Sarah about other veggies that should be lightly cooked before eating.
- Also here’s Dr. Kaayla Daniel: Plants Bite Back.
- Scroll down at this post to read about why dirt matters!