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Creamy Avocado Gazpacho

Creamy Avocado Gazpacho

Gazpachos are usually tomato-based chilled soups, but this tempting variation adds the benefits of avocado–including rich creaminess and cholesterol-reducing power–to the mix. Mellowed with yogurt and filled with the goodness of garden vegetables and fresh herbs, this soup recipe is one you may want to use all through the spring and summer seasons.

Love guacamole? Looking for a refreshing veggie-packed soup? This is the best of both worlds. Read the recipe here:

INGREDIENTS

1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced finely
1 small zucchini, diced finely
1 small green pepper, seeded and diced finely
1 stalk celery, finely diced
4 scallions, white and green parts, sliced thinly
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 ripe avocados, halved, and pits removed
2 cups plain yogurt
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/2 cup water
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
Fresh cilantro or parsley sprigs, for garnish (optional)

1. In a medium bowl, place the diced vegetables, scallions, and salt, tossing to combine. Allow to sit for 30 minutes.

2. Scoop avocado out of its skin and place the flesh in a food processor along with yogurt, citrus juices, garlic, and herbs. Process until smooth, adding water to make a thick soup.

3. Combine avocado mixture and diced vegetables, stirring to combine. (You may need to add a little more water if the soup is too thick, but aim for a smoothie-like texture.)

4. Chill, covered with plastic wrap, for up to 24 hours. Serve in individual soup bowls, garnished with sprigs, if desired.

Serves 6.

Read more: Food, All recipes, Soups & Salads

Inspired by Hollyhock Cooks, by the Hollyhock Cooks (New Society Publishers, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by the Hollyhock Cooks, et al. Reprinted by permission of New Society Publishers.
Inspired by Hollyhock Cooks, by the Hollyhock Cooks (New Society Publishers, 2003).

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11 comments

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10:56AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Sounds delicious

1:51PM PDT on May 29, 2012

thanks a lot!!

9:56AM PDT on May 26, 2012

thank you

2:47PM PDT on May 14, 2012

I'm saving this one and look forward to making it. yum yum

8:00AM PDT on May 14, 2012

yum

4:40AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Thanks

2:32AM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

Thank you

5:07PM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

Yummy! Thanks for the great recipe.

5:30AM PDT on May 30, 2011

Delicious!

10:22AM PST on Feb 15, 2011

Sounds good.

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