When you eat a raw diet, there are certain dishes that are easy to explain to people (salad) and certain ones (raw cashew alfredo over zucchini spaghetti) that can be a little tough. The tough ones are fun, if only to show off the tremendous creativity that goes into serious raw cuisine. But the easy ones are…well, easy. And most of the time, these include dishes that most people already know and love in the raw: guacamole, salsa, pickles, sashimi, etc.
How about gazpacho? My readers know by now that I encourage everyone to order proudly and without self-consciousness in restaurants. But if the whole raw thing is a little new to you, and you’re a little shy about restaurant dining, look for a summertime gazpacho on the menu! I guarantee that it won’t elicit any raised eyebrows.
Or, better yet, make your gazpacho at home. This is my favorite gazpacho recipe. It’s sweet, tangy, and delicious. It’s also an easy raw soup to serve to friends or at dinner parties: everyone is used to eating it cold, so the usual complaint (“wait, do you eat that cold??”) doesn’t apply.
Gena’s Perfect Gazpacho
2 large tomatoes, or 1 ½ cups of cherry or other small tomato variety; I used small, round heirloom tomatoes (yum!)
½ large cucumber
1/3 cup basil, packed
¼ tsp salt
Juice of half a lime
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/8 large avocado (or a couple of slices)
1/3 cup water
3 tbsp olive oil
Begin by blending all ingredients in a food processor or a high speed blender on high. Next drizzle olive oil in. Adjust water content to make soup as watery or creamy as you like.
Garnish with additional veggies: avocado chunks, zucchini, cucumber, tomtatoes, basil, etc.
Here is the finished product:
And no meal would be complete without a leafy salad, too:
I hope you all try this soup out: it is a true winner!
And before I go, an announcement: The Fresh Air Fund is looking for runners and sponsors to join their Fresh Air Fund-Racers team for the NYC Half-Marathon on August 16th. The race will be a great way to participate in NYC’s premier summer road race while helping Fresh Air Fund children. I confess that I won’t be running: for one thing, I’m just not confident as a runner, and for another, I will be at the Healthy Living Summit in Boston. But I do encourage all of my gorgeous runners—and I know a lot of you are reading—to sign up if you like! This is a wonderful cause, which raised $125,000 last year, and I give it a huge dose of my support! For more details, check out this link: