Here’s one for when you are in a little bit of a hurry and you need something quick and tasty. Cold soup is a funny one for most people, it can be difficult to get your head around. Cold soups are served all over the world and I can think of many delicious recipes from Spain. It is very much a cultural thing, in Britain we have diabolical weather, which means we normally need a little warmth in our bellies. Soup is so sustaining and comforting, I don’t see why cold soup cannot have the same effect.
We managed to get our hands on a decent amount of lovely tomatoes, rare in these parts and this soup really did them justice. The tomatoes really make this dish and without gorgeous tomatoes, you will struggle to get much flavour. It’s all about tomato here!
Raw food is nutrient dense, which means alot of ingredients. It is not your average soup, which normally relies heavily on a decent stock, its really just one big savoury smoothie!
This is a recipe that has the added richness of an avocado. I love the way that raw food uses things like avocado to add creaminess to dishes, surely better than a blob of clotted cream (no!?). But I must admit, clotted cream is definitely better on a scone.
We added on green chilli here, to add a little mexican style zing to proceedings. It is optional of course. If you’d like it richer, add more avocado, you can never get enough!
So dust off the blender and give this one a whirl. The perfect summer soup, refreshing and filling. You can heat this if you like, it will be nearly as nice!
Makes two big bowlfuls:
8 tomatoes (medium size, chopped into 1/4’s), 1/2 sweet red pepper, 8 sun dried tomatoes (finely chopped/ mashed), 2 cloves garlic (minced, crushed etc), 1/2 medium sweet onion (Spanish are good, finely chopped), 1 big handful of chopped basil leaves, 1 avocado, pinch of good quality sea salt, 1 green chilli (very optional), olive oil for a drizzle
All in a blender and pulse until a nice chunky texture is formed, add water if needed to thin out slightly.
We topped ours with sprouts (no surprises there then!) and a couple of basil leaves, a drizzle of olive oil maybe?
We Love It!
Nice and rich and refreshing, a great way to use glorious toms!
Basil is regarded as the ‘king of herbs’ and is a holy plant in many cultures. Basil originated in Iran and India. Basil has many anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties, it contains exceptionally high levels of beta carotene, vitamin A, iron and a whole host of other good stuff.