Tomatillo, Tomato and Avocado Gazpacho

I wanted to make this with tomatillos only, but found that what makes a great salsa doesn’t necessarily make a great gazpacho. So I added tomatoes to the creamy mixture. I don’t like the color as much, but I love the taste. If you can find green zebra tomatoes, use them for the nice green color. Make sure to strain this because the tomatillo seeds won’t blend.

1 pound tomatillos, papery shells removed, rinsed

2 slices red or white onion

2 to 3 garlic cloves, to taste

2 serrano chiles or 1 jalapeño, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (to taste)

1 large ripe avocado

1/2 cup chopped cilantro, plus additional cilantro for garnish

1 teaspoon lightly toasted cumin seeds, ground

Salt to taste

Few drops of vinegar

1 pound ripe tomatoes, preferably green zebras

Freshly squeezed lime juice for serving

1. Place the tomatillos in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer 8 to 10 minutes, flipping them over halfway through, until olive green and softened. Drain and transfer to a blender.

2. Meanwhile put the onion slices in a bowl, cover with cold water and add a few drops of vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes while you prepare the remaining ingredients. Drain and rinse with cold water. Cut in half or into smaller pieces.

3. Add the onions and remaining ingredients plus a cup of cold water and blend until smooth. You will probably have to do this in two batches. Strain through a medium strainer, taste and adjust seasonings. Chill for two hours or longer. Garnish each bowl with chopped cilantro and a few drops of lime juice.

Yield: Serves 6

Advance preparation: You should make this a couple of hours before serving so that it has plenty of time to chill. You can make it up to a day ahead. Whisk before serving.

Nutritional information per serving: 152 calories; 12 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 2 grams polyunsaturated fat; 8 grams monounsaturated fat; 0 milligrams cholesterol; 12 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams dietary fiber; 9 milligrams sodium (does not include salt to taste); 2 grams protein

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