Gazpacho or “salad soup” is a perfect no-cook recipe when it comes to saving energy in summer. It can be described as the most appropriate dish for Super Cool Biz* because it contains vegetables that are considered to cool down your body, such as cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes. In addition, you can cut down on food waste by using vegetable leftovers and ends in the soup.
* Super Cool Biz is an energy-saving campaign that the Japanese government has promoted. In this campaign, people are encouraged to dress lightly to stay cool at work in summer.
[Ingredients] (1 cup = 8 fl oz = approximately 240 ml, 1 Tbsp = 15 ml = 3 tsp)
1 large tomato (200 g or 7 oz)
1/2 cucumber (50 g or 1-3/4 oz)
30 g or 1 oz red bell pepper
50 g or 1-3/4 oz onion
20 g or 2/3 oz lettuce
1/2 garlic clove
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
A little less than 1 tsp salt
A pinch of black pepper
A half slice of bread or baguette, torn into small pieces
100 ml or 3-3/8 fl oz (a little over 3/8 cup) water
5 or 6 ice cubes
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
A pinch of cumin
1. Cut a tomato, cucumber, lettuce, red bell pepper, onion, and garlic into large pieces. In a blender, puree these vegetables, lemon juice, salt, pepper, water, ice cubes, olive oil, and cumin until they are smooth.
2. Add bread to the blender, and puree the mixture again. Pour the soup into soup bowls and serve.
* If there are some remaining vegetables, chop them finely and garnish the soup with them.