Gazpacho is a common Spanish summer food, a mostly raw tomato and bell pepper refreshing cold soup. This is my Eastern-style version, with a tomato and coconut milk based and mung bean sprout garnish. As an ideal food for those on a predominantly raw foods diet coconut milk is an important pantry staple for those on a raw vegan diet for a few reasons:
- It contains vitamin C and vitamins B1, B3, B5 and B6 (B6 is the notorious vitamin that the average vegetarian diet often lacks).
- It contains a number of minerals too, including selenium (an anti-oxidant mineral known for it’s beautifying properties), calcium (so it’s a good thing it’s a dairy substitute), magnesium (suitable for maintaining mineral density in the bones) and phosphorus (known as an energy storing mineral).
- It is so creamy and delicious! So much so that it doesn’t feel like you’re missing out on taste and texture if you substitute milk or cream for it in a number of recipes. I even use it for Thai-style scrambled eggs with chilli, ginger and coriander.
This recipe serves 2-3.
Large heirloom or plum tomatoes, 4
Yellow pepper, 1
Large cucumbers, 2
Fresh spinach leaves or kale, a handful
Natural coconut milk, 1 can
Lime, zest and juice, 1-2
Garlic, minced, 2 tbsp
Ginger, minced, 1 tbsp
Soya sauce, a splash
Fresh coriander, chopped, a handful
Fresh Thai basil, chopped, a handful
Mung bean sprouts, a handful
Sea salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
Extra-virgin olive oil, a few drizzles
Black or white sesame seeds, to garnish
1. Roughly chop all ingredients, setting aside some thin bell peppers slices and herbs for garnish.
2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
3. Season a little more to your liking and add the mung beans sprouts, herbs and bell peppers slices for garnish.
4. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, a little soya sauce and lime juice and serve cold as a starter, side dish or snack.
Add a pinch of chilli or a homemade Vegetarian Sambal Sauce.
Substitute the sesame seeds for ground or roughly chopped cashew nuts or almonds too if you prefer.