Gazpacho for one

It’s mostly greens at the farmers’ market this time of year, so the plump red tomatoes stood out among the baskets of asparagus, cucumbers and herbs when we visited yesterday. A couple of those beauties made their way into our basket, along with a bunch of fresh basil and some Lebanese cukes.

Together they’re the base for this gazpacho for one.

Because I didn’t add any liquid it’s more smoothie than soup, but you could easily add some tomato juice if you prefer it more wet.

It’s refreshing and healthy and smells so good. Shall I whizz one together for you too?

Gazpacho for 1

Makes one generous serving.


1 large ripe tomato

2 medium Lebanese cucumbers, 1 field cucumber or 3/4 of an English cucumber

1/2 stalk celery

1/4 red pepper

3 fresh basil leaves

salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives

a dollop of plain Greek yogurt

a slice of lime


Whizz first six ingredients in a food processor and pour into a fancy glass.

Garnish with yogurt, chives and lime.

Similar recipes also call for garlic, onion, olive oil, tomato juice and Worcestershire sauce. Add or take away as you like.

A fresh take on fruit salad

I love a salad all year round, but usually stick to your typical green. Boring? Maybe. But I likes what I likes!

This week I’m tossing things up (pun intended) with my spin on a few salads I’ve seen here and there, starting with this fresh fruit one inspired by a recipe in the June ’14 issue of Fitness RX magazine.


fruit salad blue plate

It’s so simple there’s really no need to include a “recipe” per se, just cut up your favourite fruits, toss with a few torn basil leaves and sprinkle a little lemon juice on top.

I splashed out and included all kinds of fruits, but I bet it would be equally delicious with just two or three. Here we have fresh cantaloupe, grapefruit, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, kiwi and canned pineapple because I was too lazy to cut up a whole one.

I’d never tried herbs with fruit and the taste surprised me. It’s refreshing and light and anything but boring.