August 19, 2013 by Living Girl Living Foods
I feel a little silly calling this “gazpacho” since traditionally this is a soup made out of tomatoes! But like traditional gazpacho, this is served cold and is a delicious cooling summer treat.
Just because gazpacho is served cold it does not mean that it is living/raw, just a heads up since I have had this conversation before with people. Gazpacho is an extremely old soup, it’s root go all the way to the Moors in Spain and Portugal.
Gazpacho over the years has had amazingly yummy twists such as; watermelon gazpacho (my clients LOVE this one), seafood, grape, and green ones like the one I am sharing with you all today 😀 It may or may not have oils, sometimes they are cool yet spicy, the options and inspiration is endless! Generally speaking the main ingredients are tomatoes, water, garlic and herbs/spices.
Cucumber Cilantro Gazpacho Recipe
Oil & Nut Free :D!
2 cups roughly chopped cucumber, peeled
Blend and strain for a more clear and light soup, otherwise leave it a little thick if you would like!
To the blended mix add:
2 tablespoons celery, cut in half moon or “C” shapes
3 tablespoons diced cucumber with peel on
3 tablespoons chopped yellow pepper
1/2 lime juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 romaine lettuce leaf, chiffonade/ribbon cut
1 tablespoon cilantro chopped, if you are allergic to cilantro try basil, parsley, mint or dill YUMMMY!
A little dash of salt and pepper if your taste buds feel like something is missing
Stir and enjoy!
You may be wondering what are the health benefits of cucumbers…
Cucumbers have been noted to be an exactly hangover cure, people have shared stories of eating a few slices of cucumber before going to bed and feeling hangover free in the morning.
I’ve had a few people share with me that they feel very awake after eating cucumbers so I decided to do some browsing to see why this happens. Cucumbers are an excellent source of B Vitamins, Electrolytes, and Carbohydrates. This can give that “pick me up feeling” some of us lack at times. Cucumbers are also rich in: Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Phosphorous, and Zinc.
Phytochemcials in cucumbers cause the collagen in our skin to tighten, this is why cucumber is commonly used in spa treatments, creams, and so on.
Cucumbers are mostly made of water making them a great afternoon or morning snack. They also pair well with other things easily (hummus, kimchi, cheese, herbs, tomatoes,) it’s easy to travel with, they can handle the heat, and it beats coffee breath 😉
I hope this gets some of you inspired to make some cooling yummy cucumber treats! Cucumber juice or eating them as is has always been a favorite of mine also. Thank you all for taking the time to stop by my site. Much love ❤ and raw power 😉
Wishing you all a magical week xx