Honey-Lime Gazpacho

Serve this cold soup as a light entree, a lunch dish, or as a first course.

Ingredients:

3 large ripe red tomatoes, cored, seeded, and cut up

2 medium cucumbers, seeded and cut up

2 medium orange sweet peppers, seeded and cut up

1 jalapeno, seeded and cut up

1 clove garlic, minced

1/3 cup lime juice

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves

1 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger

1/4 tsp sea salt

Lime wedges and green onions

 

In a large bowl combine tomatoes, cucumber, orange sweet peppers, jalapeno, and garlic.  In a food processor, process mixture, half at a time, with several on/off turns until you have large chunks.  Place all of the mixture in the food processor bowl.  Add lime juice, honey, cilantro, ginger, and 1/4 teapoon sea salt.  Cover and process with several on/off turns until the mixture is just a little chunky.  If desired, season to taste with additional sea salt.

To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Serve with lime wedges and green onions.  Makes 4 (1 1/4 cup) servings.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa

1 1/2 cups water

3 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice or lime juice

11/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

3/4 cup parsley, finely chopped

1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped

6 – 8 scallions, white part and light green sections, finely chopped

1 red or orange bell pepper, chopped

1 cup cucumber, diced

 

Before cooking, rinse the quinoa thoroughly.

In a medium saucepan, add rinsed quinoa, water and 1 teaspoon salt.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.  If there’s excess water, drain through a strainer and then spoon the quinoa back into the saucepan.  Let sit uncovered or with a paper towel covering for 16 – 18 minutes.   Use a fork to fluff the quinoa.

To make the dressing, whisk together the lemon (or lime) juice, olive oil, 2 teaspoons of salt, and cumin.

Transfer quinoa to a large bowl, drizzle dressing over and toss until well combined.  Add remaining ingredients and mix until well combined.