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Green Gazpacho

When it’s too hot to cook, here is a surprising and delicious gazpacho that uses no tomatoes.

Serves: 4 to 6
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Have you been wanting to go green? This simple soup recipe might be the tastiest way of all time to accomplish your eco-friendly goals. If you don’t care for cilantro, fresh basil will give this a lovely, pesto-ish flavor, while keeping the soup fresh and green.  This recipe is adapted from “White Gazpacho” in A Taste of Heaven and Earth by Bettina Vitell. 

Serves 4 to 6

What you need:

  • 4 large cucumbers, peeled and seeds removed, chopped into large pieces
  • 2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted, and scooped out
  • 3 medium garlic cloves
  • 2 medium green bell peppers, seeds and ribs removed, chopped in large pieces
  • 4 green onions, chopped in large pieces
  • 2 cups water
  • Juice of 1 1/2 lemons
  • 1/3 small bunch of cilantro, cleaned 
  • Freshly ground black pepper, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and paprika

What you do:

  1. Set aside a few sprigs of the cilantro for garnish. Put the cucumber, avocado, garlic, peppers and onions in a food processor. Blend until creamy, adding water a little at a time to desired consistency. Add lemon juice, cilantro, salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste. Serve with paprika sprinkled on top and cilantro for garnish. If using a blender rather than a food processor, add the cucumbers slowly at first, blending as you go, so there’s a liquid base for the other ingredients.

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