Makes 8 servings
- 3 cups finely diced plum tomatoes, juices reserved
- 2 cups finely diced cucumbers, peeled and seeded
- 1 1/4 cups finely diced onion
- 1 cup finely diced red bell pepper
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp minced fresh herbs (tarragon, thyme, or parsley)
- 3 cups canned tomato juice
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, or as needed
- Juice of 1/2 lemon, or as needed
- 1/4 tsp salt, or as needed
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or as needed
- 1 cup tiny croutons
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced chives or scallion greens
1. Reserve 2 tablespoons each of the tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, and pepper for the garnish.
2. Puree the remaining tomato, cucumber, onion, and pepper in a food processor or blender along with the garlic, tomato paste, olive oil, and herbs until fairly smooth but with some texture remaining.
3. Transfer the puree to a mixing bowl. Stir in the tomato juice, the red wine vinegar, and lemon juice. Season with salt and cayenne to taste. Cover and chill thoroughly, at least 3 hours but preferably overnight.
4. After chilling, check the seasoning and adjust as needed. Serve in chilled bowls, garnished with the reserved vegetables, croutons, and chives.
making this recipe yoursIf the soup is too thin for your taste, add about 1 cup of freshly made white bread crumbs before chilling. If it’s too thick, the consistency can be thinned by adding more tomato juice or water. Part of the tomato juice can be replaced with fish broth or clam juice. If desired.