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Since I posted that somewhat decadent strawberry tart earlier this week, I thought I would redeem myself by sharing my favorite recipe for easy-to-prepare, incredibly healthy gazpacho soup.┬áThis soup makes a wonderful, light meal when served with a slice or two of rustic bread. It also makes an excellent first course to a meal of grilled fish or chicken. If you’re serving wine, pair it with a crisp, relatively dry Chardonnay.

 

gazpacho

 

Ingredients

1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and roughly chopped

1/2 yellow onion, roughly chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 14-oz can of crushed or chopped tomatoes

1 clove garlic, crushed

2 tsp Worcestshire sauce

1 pinch of red pepper flakes (or a dash of Tabasco or other hot sauce)

2-3 tbsp good quality red wine vinegar

olive oil

sea salt and fresh-ground pepper to taste

2 tbsp fresh cilantro, roughly chopped

1 ripe avocado, peeled and chopped

Preparation

Place the chopped bell pepper, cucumber, celery and onion into a blender. Add half the tomatoes and 1/2 cup water. Pulse or blend until the chopped vegetables have been further chopped to a consistency you like. I like my gazpacho to have texture, but I dislike large chunks of anything.

Add the remaining tomatoes along with the garlic, vinegar, red pepper flakes, 1 tbsp olive oil and Worcestshire sauce. Blend. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

When ready to serve, pour into soup bowls. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, a little chopped avocado and a sprinkling of cilantro.

Serves 4 to 6.

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