TV Tuesday #18: 5 Minute Avocado Gazpacho (VG, Raw, GF)

 

Most people know that they “should” eat more veggies. Most don’t. But here’s the thing.

The best part about veggies is that they are faster and easier to prepare that most other foods. They taste delicious on their own, they can be eaten cooked or raw and in a lot of cases come in a single serving size. How handy.

So why not a dish that incorporates a ton of veggies, without too much thinking, hardly any work, and a delicious outcome?

With summer temperatures upon us, not cooking with the stove or oven is best. So why not put together a refreshing soup with all those veggies you promised yourself you’d eat? How about a chilled avocado soup to sooth you from today’s heat wave?

So what is gazpacho?

It originated in Spain and is traditionally a tomato based, vegetable soup that is served chilled, typically during the summer months due to its refreshing qualities.

We’ve left out the bread that you would typically find in a traditional gazpacho recipe to provide a gluten free option.

What I love about this little diddy of a soup:

  • It comes together in minutes
  • It is perfect for a hot day
  • There’s no need to turn on the stove or oven
  • It’s super healthy
  • The ingredients are very flexible

Not bad for a dish you can put together in minutes. Don’t believe me. Watch the video. It’s crazy fast. It’s almost a blur.

I chose to make avocado gazpacho because I wanted my soup to last a little longer than low calorie blended veggies. The avocado adds a bunch of healthy fats, but, better yet, it’s more satiating and satisfying. But there’s no reason why you couldn’t use just about any veggies you have kicking around (skip the hard veggies like carrots and beets unless you own a Vitamix or equivalent).

When getting your veggies in is this easy and yummy, it’s hard to find excuses not too. Heck, you don’t even need to chew!

Avocado Gazpacho

  • 3 green onions
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 orange pepper (any color will do, but some will give this soup a funny color)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 large handful of basil
  • 3 radishes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (I used chili oil for a bit of a kick)
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • salt and pepper to taste

Roughly chop the ingredients and place them all in a blender. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate until cool.

Optional garnish and toppings:

Serve with minced basil and/ or creme fresh, sour cream or coconut cream for a vegan option.

Drizzle with olive oil and other fresh herbs, diced cucumber, tomatoes or peppers.

What kind of get together or party would you bring this avocado gazpacho to? Let me know in the comments below!

I’m sharing this with Mangia Monday, Monday Mania, My Meatless Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Cast Party Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, The Tasty Alternative, What’s Cooking Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, Freaky Friday, Fight Back Friday, and Foodie Friday.  

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30 Responses to TV Tuesday #18: 5 Minute Avocado Gazpacho (VG, Raw, GF)

  1. inspirededibles August 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    I’m all about the 5 minute preps and could not live without my blender this time of year!  Thanks for the delightful recipe France.  I love the addition of basil here; lovely.

    http://www.inspirededibles.ca

    • France Morissette August 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

      Hi Kelly,
      I feel like I should use it more. I mean I use it for smoothies and gazpacho but not much else. What other kinds of things do you use yours for?

  2. margo August 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Gorgeous soup, during the summer, I could live on gazpacho!  Thanks for another great option!

    • France Morissette August 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

      Hi Margo, I love gazpacho too. I’m always surprised when I hear someone say they hate cold soups. What’s your favorite kind of gazpacho?

  3. Amber H August 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Hi France,

    I love avocado soups (I posted a cold avocado soup in FB last week in fact).  I was quite impressed by the interest.  Avocados happen to be one of my favorite foods.  And I always appreciate news recipes.  I really love your recipe, France.  We are going camping tomorrow (until Saturday) and this would be sooo perfect for me.  So this is where I would take this awesome soup.   I would put the servings in some jars and store in the cooler.  I would even take some of this soup on a hike!  I’ve never made gazpacho.  Looking forward to trying.  All your recipes that I have tried have been awesome.  Have a great rest of your week.  See you next week for Keep It Real Thursdays.  :-) 

     

    • beyondthepeel August 8, 2012 at 12:01 am #

      Amber, camping sounds like a perfect place to bring along this gazpacho! It’ll be nice and refreshing after a hike. Hope you have a great trip!

  4. Linda August 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Looks absolutely healthy and delicious!  I’m a big gazpacho fan, using any type of veggie and fruit!  I’ll have to give this on a try!

  5. Koko August 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    5 minute meal that is healthy and delicious- count me in!!!!!!

  6. Koko August 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    5 minute meal that is healthy and delicious- count me in!!!!!!

  7. JenJen Pook August 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    would it work without the lemon? allergic…

    • beyondthepeel August 7, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

      Jen, you could leave it out. It just adds flavor and some acidity to it.

    • beyondthepeel August 7, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

      Jen, you could leave it out. It just adds flavor and some acidity to it.

  8. Jenn Erickson August 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    Looks incredible!  I just taught my little one how to pick out the perfect avocado.  We’re going to have to go back to the farmers market and test her skills, then come back home to make this!

    • beyondthepeel August 7, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

      Well I’m glad I could play a part in helping your little one pick out more avocados!

  9. The Café Sucré Farine August 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    We’re crazy about avocados but I never thought of them in gazpacho, brilliant France!

    • beyondthepeel August 7, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

      Thanks Chris! :)

    • beyondthepeel August 7, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

      Thanks Chris! :)

  10. Mjskit August 8, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    What a great gazpacho! I’ve never had an avocado gazpacho, but since I  have 4 large avocados on the counter I think that’s about to change! What a delicious looking recipe!!!!

    • beyondthepeel August 8, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

      Yeah! Funny how things just work out :)

  11. Karen (Back Road Joirnal) August 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    I love gazpacho but never thought of an avocado one before. Great idea.

    • Karen (Back Road Journal) August 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

      I meant to ask if you should put plastic wrap directly over the soup to keep it from turning dark while chilling.

      • beyondthepeel August 8, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

        We just put ours in jars with lids on in the fridge and they’re just fine.

  12. Roxanne August 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    I’ve been taking it to work. So refreshing and filling! And healthier than grabing a pizza slice from the place nextdoor

  13. Ellen August 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    This looks sooooo easy – can’t wait to try it. Tonight we’re having your Turmeric shrimp on top of your lentil sweet potato stew – maybe over some easy polenta (with your magic technique)! How could we do without the Whole Food Revelation!
    If we lived at the Sprague’s house with avocados right in the backyard, we’d make this gazpacho every night!

    • France Morissette August 16, 2012 at 4:33 am #

      Thanks Ellen.
      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipes so much and implementing them into your daily life.
      There’s no better way to reward the body then eating great tasting healthy food. Thanks for the great feedback.
      Hugs.

  14. Jessica August 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    This is a must try! I love avocados and never thought to make a gazpacho with them. I found you via Mangia Mondays at Delightfully Dowling. Having a Meatless Monday hop this week at my blog too, if you’d like to link-up: http://jessica-healthymommyhealthybaby.blogspot.com/2012/08/meatless-monday-grilled-chili-lime.html

    Jessica :)

  15. Jessica August 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    This is a must try! I love avocados and never thought to make a gazpacho with them. I found you via Mangia Mondays at Delightfully Dowling. Having a Meatless Monday hop this week at my blog too, if you’d like to link-up: http://jessica-healthymommyhealthybaby.blogspot.com/2012/08/meatless-monday-grilled-chili-lime.html

    Jessica :)

  16. Sarah August 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Nice idea, thanks! Love recipes that make use of leftovers and your ‘woohoo’ made me smile when the blender was on :)

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