Zesty Basil Gazpacho

This is basically a cold tomato soup, and tomatoes are known for their high content of lycopene, vitamin K, folate and potassium. Gazpacho is a healthy tomato-based, cold soup that is excellent for cardiovascular health.

2 pounds ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup peeled cucumber
1/2 small green pepper (chopped, cored)
1/2 small red pepper (chopped, cored)
1 small zucchini, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup chopped red onion
3 or 4 garlic cloves
6 fresh leaves of basil
1/4 cup grape seed oil
1 tea Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
1/2 tea organic ground cumin
Sea Salt & Pepper to taste
Garnish with a medley of the vegetables you used such as chopped cucumber and red pepper. Top with a basil leaf sprig.

Combine all ingredients together and put into your Vitamix or high powered blender. Puree until desired consistency and taste. Add salt or onion-garlic powder.  Refrigerate until fully chilled. Spoon into glasses or bowls and serve cold. Garnish with your vegetable medley, or some toasted croutons.

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