Kale & Apple Gazpacho
Summertime is typically not soup season – especially around here in the Midwest where the heat is on blast from July well into August and even September. This is where gazpacho comes in to give you that soup fix without all the heat! Gazpacho is traditionally made from tomato and spices and is served cold. This soup is a creative spin on the traditional gazpacho featuring kale, apple, and orange. WEIRD. I know. You are probably thinking, how is this not a smoothie?! The difference is that it has a savory kick from the addition of shallot, soy sauce, sunflower seeds, and garlic. Bear with me! I promise as weird as it may sound, it is a delightful combination of flavors!
When I came across this recipe many moons ago, I was skeptical of the ingredient combinations and was honestly worried about how it was going to turn out. I thought it might be one of those recipes that went straight back to the earth for compost (aka the woods behind our house...). Surprisingly, I have come back to it over the years for its deliciousness, simplicity, and nutrient density. It’s also a great way to add some variety and adventure to your food regimen.
This recipe is also flexible! Feel free to add bell pepper, fresh herbs, or cucumber and if you don’t like the idea of sweet, you can back off on the oranges and replace with a little more water. This soup is great topped with fresh diced tomato, red bell pepper, sunflower seeds, and/or pumpkin seeds for a crunchy texture to contrast the creaminess. I hope you enjoy it! When was the last time you got adventurous in the kitchen and it was a surprising success? Share below!
Kale & Apple Gazpacho
This is a flavorful and unique spin on the classic gazpacho soup - perfect for a quick and easy summertime lunch.
- 2 small oranges, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 4 cups kale, chopped, stalks removed
- 1/2 medium apple, chopped
- 1 small shallot, chopped (or 1-2 green onions, chopped)
- 1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce (or tamari or coconut aminos)
- 1/2 clove garlic, minced
- 1 pinch cayenne
- 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup apples, diced
- 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
- 2 tbsp red bell pepper, diced
In a blender, process the oranges, water, and sunflower seeds until smooth.
Add the kale, apple, shallot (or green onion), soy sauce, garlic, and cayenne and process until creamy and smooth.
Pour into bowls and top with diced tomato, apples, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from: The Raw Revolution Diet cookbook.