This is basically a green juice or smoothie, but in soup form! It’s chock full of nutritious veggies and flavorful herbs, blending together into a super bright dish (both in color and taste). It’s a great way to nourish your body if you’re feeling sluggish, or if you’re like me and have over indulged in snacks and processed foods and want to reset.
Gazpacho is a cold raw soup typically made with tomatoes, but this green version is a wonderful combination of spinach, herbs, cucumber, lemon juice, made creamy with healthy fats: coconut yogurt and avocado. It is utterly refreshing on a hot day, or a nice light lunch or dinner served with fancy crackers & nut butter. I was inspired by Gaz Oakley’s original recipe, but made a few slight alterations to fit our available ingredients and taste buds!
1/2 jalapeno pepper, de-seeded and chopped
1 cucumber, de-seeded and chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 handful fresh mint
1 handful fresh parsley
1 handful fresh basil
2 Tbsp fresh dill, plus more for garnish if desired
1/2 avocado, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup plain coconut yogurt
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp sherry vinegar
1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
3 handfuls fresh spinach
2 cups cold water
salt and pepper
sliced radishes for garnish if desired
Place all the ingredients except for water, salt, pepper, and radishes in a blender and blend on high until smooth. You may have to do this in batches, perhaps blending in the spinach after the rest has already been pureed. Next, pour in the water and carefully blend again until the mixture is smooth. Stir in salt and pepper to your taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve, and then pour into bowls and season/garnish as desired.