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Glistening Gazpacho Soup

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Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 (about 1 cup each)
Calories: 111 per serving
Percent from Fat: 80%
Cusine: Italian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free
Course: Dinner
Diet: mediterranean
Food as MedicineSM Ingredient: Olive Oil

Food as MedicineSM Tip

Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat, a type of fat that has excellent health benefits. Just one ounce of extra virgin olive oil contains 86.2% of the daily value for monounsaturated fat, plus 17.4% of the daily value for vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant that protects these healthy fats from damage by free radicals.

Culinary Taste Tip

Since olive oil can become rancid from exposure to light and heat, buy olive oil in glass containers that have a dark tint. This will help protect the oil from oxidation caused by exposure to light.

Culinary Technique Tip

Instead of serving butter with bread, try olive oil. Pour some onto a small plate. For extra flavor, add some crushed fresh garlic and a few shreds of freshly-grated parmesan. Dip your bread into this delectable mixture and enjoy!

Ingredients

1 cup diced (1/4-inch) peeled cucumber
1 cup diced red or orange sweet bell pepper
1 cup diced and seeded tomato
1/4 cup finely minced red onion
1 cup tomato juice
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 dashes (or to taste) hot pepper sauce
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Optional: chopped fresh parsley or cilantro, diced avocado


Preparation

Place all ingredients except garnishes in a large bowl and combine. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Coarsely puree half the mixture in a blender or food processor and return to bowl. Stir well to combine thoroughly. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours before serving. Garnish with parsley, cilantro or avocado, if desired.

Substitutions

Try V-8 juice instead of tomato.

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