If you like Greek salad, you will fall in love with this Greek inspired summer gazpacho.
And there are plenty of reasons to be enamoured.
We all know that the best way to avoid skin damage is to apply a quality sun block throughout the day and wear suitable clothing and a good sun hat.
But here’s something else. There is a natural sun protector found in our diet that may also help prevent sun damage. It is the carotenoid known as lycopene.
In a recent study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, scientists from the University of Manchester revealed that lycopene found in tomato paste offered skin protection against ultraviolet radiation by inhibiting free radical damage and supporting collagen production. The study also demonstrated that lycopene reduced damage to mitochondrial DNA. A promising area of research indeed.
Even better? You won’t have to force yourself to finish a serving (or two) of this delicious soup!
Greek Goddess Gazpacho ~ glow from the inside out
5 ripe seasonal tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1/2 English cucumber, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
1/2 cup or so feta cheese, try to find a soft variety
1/4 cup purple onion, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup fresh garden parsley
4 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Salt & pepper to taste (keeping in mind that feta cheese already contains ample sodium)
|summer fresh delicious|
Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. If you are working with a smaller machine, simply work in batches.
Garnish with small pieces of chopped cucumber, onion, feta and olive.