Got green tomatoes?
Wondering what to do with your green tomatoes from the market? Why not keep summer alive (can you tell I’m desperate to do so?) and just blend them into a zingy Gazpacho soup? FYI, green tomatoes are simply under-ripe “end-of-the-season” red tomatoes that only ask to be made into something delicious. Hear my plea, leave no tomato behind. Green tomatoes can be made into salsa verde, added to salads, soups, pasta dishes and curries, lightly fried for a Southern-style recipe, pickled or added to pasta sauces. I should mention that they are less sweet than red tomatoes.
To complement the green tomatoes’ subtle taste, fresh herbs have joined in on the fun. Fresh herbs not only confer a “big bang” of flavour and freshness but also of antioxidant power. Most people think of antioxidants as coming solely from bright-hued red, blue and purple fruits and vegetables when many fresh herbs help you up your antioxidants. That’s the magic of fresh herbs. 🙂
Not only do fresh herbs add instant freshness and flavour, they also reduce the need to add salt for taste. Basil is the predominant fresh herb, coriander adds a citrus-y touch, mint adds a cool as a polar bear taste while parsley adds an agreeable grassy bite. If “Menthos, Le Freshmaker” were a soup, it would be this soup.
This gazpacho is high in chlorophyll, which helps keep your blood pH optimal and keep inflammation levels in your body low.
Green Gazpacho, For the Win
Yield: 5-6 soups
- 4 green tomatoes
- 1/3 cup lime juice
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 green pepper
- 1/4 large red onion
- 1/2 English cucumber
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tbsp. lime zest
- 1 tbsp. mint leaves
- 1/4 cup basil leaves
- 1 tbsp. parsley
- 2 tbsp. coriander
- 20 mint leaves
- 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (mine happened to be flavoured with fine herbs)
- Salt & peppa, to taste
- Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
- Taste before adjusting salt and pepper to your personal liking.
- Pour into serving bowls and enjoy the slight chunkiness of this sopita!
This soup’s got personality. See for yourself! 🙂