A Gazpacho Smoothie may not be high on your list of new taste sensations to try. You may be pleasantly surprised as just how good this tastes. It takes a cool idea and takes it to a chillier level.

Gazpacho SmoothiePrep Time: 10 min
Freeze Time: 3 to 4 hours
Ready In: 15 min

Servings: 1

1 small Tomato, quartered
¾ cup Tomato Juice Cocktail, chilled
2 tbsp minced fresh Cilantro leaves
1 small Garlic clove, chopped
¼ Jalapeño Pepper (or to taste), chopped
¼ tsp Ground Cumin
Juice of ½ fresh Lime (about 1 tbsp)
Small wedge of Fresh Lime and a Cherry Tomato for garnish (optional)

Freeze tomato in a plastic bag until hard, about 3 to 4 hours. (They will keep up to one week. Several tomatoes may be frozen at a time.)
Place frozen tomato, juice, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, cumin and lime juice in a blender. Purée until well blended and almost smooth.
Pour into a tall tumbler filled with ice cubes. Garnish, if desired, with a small wedge of lime and a cherry tomato, speared on a short skewer and added to the glass like a swizzle stick.
Serve immediately.
(Recipe can be multiplied to make more servings, but you may want to cut down on garlic and jalapeño if you do.)

Tips & Notes
Tomatoes are rich in so many good things, including vitamin C, lycopene and assorted carotenes, that eating them every day is a good idea – especially now, while local, ripe tomatoes are at their peak. Here are ideas for serving tomatoes in a variety of ways. Delicious now, they will be even more welcome when out-of-season tomatoes need a flavor boost.
With their thick, sweet flesh, round cherry and oval grape tomatoes can be a better choice than the regular kind because even if bought at the supermarket, they taste good year round. They’re great for adding color to a green salad, but they also do well on their own. Halve these miniatures, then toss them with a light dressing of lemon juice, rice wine vinegar and a few drops of olive oil. This dressing makes it possible to serve them as a salad, heaped on a bed of lettuce that gets bathed with their tangy juices and the dressing.
Fresh salsa is another treat. Think of adding diced mango, jicama, cucumber, or other produce when making a salsa. A freshly made salsa richly textured with many ingredients can be so irresistible that your family members will each eat a whole cup, providing a healthy two servings of the minimum recommended “five-a-day” for fruits and vegetables.
Remember that juice counts, too, toward those recommended servings. Try this refreshing savory, salsa-flavored smoothie.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 63
Total Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Carbohydrate: 14g
Protein: 2g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sodium: 444mg

Source: AICR

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