Recipe for Brain Health: Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
As the summer growing season comes to a close, it’s time to enjoy those sweet, juicy heirloom tomatoes one last time. This gazpacho recipe is a delicious, refreshing way to eat a wholly brain-healthy appetizer or meal. And did you know that tomatoes and cucumbers both have proven brain benefits?
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Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tblsp sherry vinegar (or more to taste)
- ½ tsp red Tabasco sauce
- ½ a medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into large chunks
- ½ a small red onion, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 2 Tblsp fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 2 Tblsp fresh basil leaves
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
- 3 medium-large heirloom tomatoes, cut into large chunks
- Put the oil, vinegar, and Tabasco in a blender. Mix for a few seconds. Add everything except tomatoes and blend until smooth.
- Add tomato chunks, a few at a time. Blend until the mixture is smooth. If you want it even smoother, you can pass the mixture through a fine mesh strainer.
- Chill at least 2 hours before serving. Whisk gazpacho and taste. Add more salt and/or sherry vinegar as desired. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil before serving.