- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- Kosher salt
- 1 1/2 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes, preferably heirloom varieties, roughly chopped
- 8 ounces cucumbers, peeled, seeded and roughly chopped
- 2 scallions (white and green parts), roughly chopped
- 1/2 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and roughly chopped
- 1/4 jalapeno, stemmed and roughly chopped (with seeds if you like the heat)
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh mint
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
- 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups chilled low-sodium tomato juice
- 4 ice cubes
- 4 tablespoons cubed cucumber, for garnish, optional
On a cutting board, lightly sprinkle the garlic with a pinch of salt and smash it into a paste with the flat side of a large knife.
Mix the smashed garlic, tomatoes, roughly chopped cucumbers, scallions, bell peppers, jalapenos, parsley and mint in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the olive oil and sherry, and toss well.
Add half of the vegetable mixture to a blender and pulse. Add half of the tomato juice and 2 ice cubes. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour for the flavors to come together.
Divide among chilled soup bowls, drizzle with olive oil, garnish with cubed cucumbers if using and serve.
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From Food Network Kitchens; after further testing and to ensure the best results this recipe has been altered from what was in the actual episode.
Recipe courtesy Food Network Kitchens