Every year, I look forward to making gazpacho. It is the perfect summer soup–refreshing and so healthy! The recipe I posted below is based on a recipe from Mollie Katzen’s “The Enchanted Broccoli Forest.” Most of my recipes on this blog are modified and substituted so much over the years to fit my tastes that they have become my own recipes. But this recipe has very little changes from the original, so I feel I should give Mollie Katzen credit for creating such a delicious gazpacho recipe. It becomes such a lovely shade of green and has so many wonderful green vegetables and herbs in it, that I can feel the good energy going through my body as I am eating this soup. Green food is so cleansing and life-giving. It brings to mind a quote by Goethe: “All theory, dear friends, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.” And summer is the best time to eat green vegetables that are fresh and full of vitamins and minerals. Another reason I want to share this recipe is that just recently two of my friends have mentioned that their tomatoes are not ripening as quickly as usual this year. This gazpacho is a great way to use green tomatoes. I have made this recipe with ripe, red tomatoes as well, and it tastes just as great. The only difference is that the color is not as beautiful as the green–it becomes more of a dull orange. But if you only have ripe tomatoes, it is still delicious! Also, I love the effect of the avocado in this recipe. It gives the soup a creamy richness that some gazpacho recipes do not have. If you are looking for a way to use your tomatoes and want to give your body some great green energy, try this green gazpacho.
Reading about The Enchanted Broccoli Forest was a real “blast from the past”. I used to love the Moosewood cookbooks. I’m going to have to dust them off and start reading again. The gazpacho looks wonderful!
Thank you! I lived for a couple of years in Ithaca, New York, where the Moosewood Restaurant is located. Such an inspiration!
What a refreshing recipe…love it!
Thank you so much!
Totally going to try this recipe in the next day or two. Looks SOOOO good! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Julie! I had you in mind with the green tomatoes. 🙂
Good one, but I don’t think Ezra would eat it. Do your children?
Thanks, Mark–my son likes it really well as long as I don’t put too much cumin in it, but my daughter would rather eat the vegetables raw and sliced–not mixed all together.
Yum! I’ll be trying this in the next few days!
Yea! Hope you like it!