Tomato Basil Gazpacho

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This gazpacho is healthy, delicious, and perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day. Feeling chilly? This soup is also tasty when warmed, and is especially delectable when served along side a hearty side or a crusty slice of ciabatta. Try topping it with some freshly chopped basil, a few croutons, or even a bit of diced avocado.

makes 6-8 servings

Tomato Basil Gazpacho

2 large fresh tomatoes
1/2 seedless cucumber, diced
1 red pepper, seeds and membranes removed, and choppped
1/2 cup diced red onion
1 garlic clove
4 or 5 basil leaves
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 olive oil
2 cups tomato juice
salt and pepper to taste

In your food processor, puree your tomatoes one at a time. Once blended smooth, add them to a large bowl. Next add your cucumber, pepper, and onion,  puree, and add that to the bowl as well. Next add your onion, garlic, basil, oil, and vinegar to the processor and blend until smooth. Add the mixture to the bowl as well, then stir in the tomato juice. Give it a taste, then salt and pepper to your liking.  Mix everything together very well, cover, and chill overnight. Give it a taste before serving to see if it needs another pinch of salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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