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09/01/2010 10:06 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Recipe: Summer Gazpacho That Kids Will Love

How do I know kids will love this cold soup? Well, the other day I made it as an experiment and served it for lunch. Eve had a friend over. The next week I saw her friend's mom and she asked me for the recipe -- her daughter told her she loved it!!!! That, to me, is the best compliment there is. And when I showed her the recipe (written in pencil in my little notebook) she was shocked, shocked I tell you, at how easy it is. That made me even happier because I see one of my goals in life as making cooking simple and easy for everyone.

I do recommend sticking to one color of tomato -- I mixed green, red and yellow tomatoes, and the color ended up being beige. I think it's better if all the tomatoes are the same color.

Summer Gazpacho

Ingredients:
5 large, fresh garden tomatoes (preferably all one color)
¼ red onion, chopped
1 small green or red pepper
1 teaspoon salt (you can always add more to taste)
Olive oil

Directions:
1. Take the tomatoes and grate them using a cheese grater over a bowl (which removes the pulp from the skin.) This is the kind of grater I use.
2. Add that pulp to a blender or food processor (I have a Vita-Mix!)
3. Add the red onion, pepper, and salt, and blend until foamy and smooth.
4. Put the soup in a serving bowl and drizzle with olive oil.

Now, if I were serving this at a dinner party, I might add a nice garlic crouton or a garnish of herbs or something. But this is what I served the kids at lunch, and this is what they loved.

See...wasn't that easy?

Related Links:
Tomato Week: Easy Tomato Recipes & Tomato Plant Harvesting Tips - Maria's Farm Country Kitchen
Alex Lee's Green Tomato Gazpacho - Organic Gardening
5 Recipes for Sweet, Juicy, Fresh Summer Tomatoes - Rodale.com

For more from Maria Rodale, go to www.mariasfarmcountrykitchen.com.