Stunning in appearance and in flavor, this cold pairing of soups offers divine pleasure for the palate and the allure of exciting presentation. Simply great in hot weather.

Layered Tomato Soup

Layered Tomato Soup
Recipe type: Soups and Stews
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 to 8
  • 2 pounds ripe tomatoes
  • 3 to 4 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • salt
  • 2 firm-ripe avocados (8 ounces each)
  • 3/4 Cup fat-skimmed chicken broth
  • 1/4 Cup sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 cucumber (12 ounces)
  • 3 Tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon
  1. Rinse and core tomatoes; cut into chunks. Whirl in a blender or food processor until smooth, then rub through a fine strainer into a bowl; you should have about 3 cups. Discard residue. Season purée to taste with 2 to 3 tablespoons vinegar and salt. Cover and chill until cold, at least 1 hour.
  2. Peel and pit avocados; cut into chunks. In a blender or food processor, whirl avocados, broth, sour cream, and lime juice until smooth. Add salt to taste. Cover surface with plastic wrap and chill until cold, at least 1 hour.
  3. Peel cucumber; cut in half lengthwise and scoop out and discard seeds. Dice cucumber into 1/8-inch pieces; you should have about 1 cup. In a small bowl, mix cucumber, shallots, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and minced tarragon.
  4. Cover and chill until cold, at least 30 minutes.
To serve, stir avocado mixture to blend and pour equal portions into glasses (12 to 16 ounces each). Whisk tomato mixture to blend and gently pour over avocado. Top with diced-cucumber mixture. Clear, straight-sided glasses or wineglasses show off the layers of color best, but large martini glasses also work. You can also use soup bowls and keep the layers a surprise.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: each serving Calories: 111 Fat: 8.4 g Carbohydrates: 11 g Sodium: 31 mg Fiber: 2.4 g Protein: 2.5 g Cholesterol: 3.5 mg


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