Gazpacho - Traditional Spanish cold soup, made gluten-free
Gazpacho is a Spanish soup perfect for our hot summers. It’s refreshing, hydrating, and full of vitamins. Gazpacho is a delightful blend of raw vegetables, herbs, and spices. Instead of cooking it, you chill it in the fridge and serve it cold.
Traditionally, Gazpacho is made with bread crumbs to thicken it up. However, I replaced bread with a flaxseed meal in my recipe. As a result, the recipe is gluten-free, low in carbs, and has many healthful nutrients from the flaxseeds.
A word of caution. If you have IBS or get bloated easily, skip garlic and onion in the recipe.
Health Benefits of Flaxseeds
Flaxseeds easily qualify as a superfood!
- Lignans in flaxseeds can help regulate estrogen. Hence, they improve the symptoms related to menopause and reduce breast cancer risk.
- Flaxseeds are high in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant source of Omega-3s. Due to the anti-inflammatory effects of these oils, flaxseeds protect us against heart disease.
- High in soluble fiber, flaxseeds promote regularity. In addition, they reduce gel-like substance that coats and soothes irritated digestive tract.
- Flaxseeds also slows down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, helping regulate blood sugar.
Gazpacho Gluten Free
1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 big cucumber, seeded and chopped
3 big tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1/3 cup flaxseed meal
2 Tbsp Italian parsley, leaves only
1/3 cup olive oil, unrefined
1 cup water
½ tsp powdered cumin
Salt and pepper to taste