7-8 ripe tomatoes
1 green pepper (red pepper will change the taste!)
1 medium cucumber
1 small garlic
250 ml extra-virgin olive oil
50 ml sherry vinegar
250 ml cold water
pinch cumin (optional)
1/4 onion (optional)
Salt to taste
1. Chop all ingredients and place in a blender. Process until smooth.
2. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve, then cover and refrigerate until well chilled (2 hours to overnight).
3. Serve. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with diced cucumber, green pepper and tomato.
What are the benefits of this dish?
Tomatoes are rich in health-promoting phytonutrients, lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, which offer antioxidant protection. Lycopene, has been shown to offer protection form prostate cancer in men, while increased beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin intake decreases the risk for eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and cataract development.
Tomatoes are also excellent sources of vitamin C and the mineral potassium.