Fresh Tomato-Coconut Soup

Cold tomato-coconut soup

I love making cool, refreshing soups that need no cooking at all on hot summer days, like this one, that combines fresh tomatoes with coconut milk. Cilantro, lime, and a hint of heat give this cold soup a Thai flavor. Adapted from Vegan Express by Nava Atlas. 

Serves: 6

  • 2 pounds ripe flavorful tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 2 scallions, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, or more, to taste
  • One 14.5-ounce can light coconut milk
  • Juice of 1 lime, or more to taste
  • Thai red chili paste, dried hot red pepper flakes,
    or sriracha sauce, to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For topping:

  • 1 large yellow tomato, finely diced,
    or 1 cups halved yellow or red grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely diced orange or green bell pepper
  • Fresh basil leaves, cut into strips, as desired

Combine the tomatoes, scallions, and cilantro in the container of a food processor. Process until coarsely pureed, then transfer to a serving container.

Whisk in the coconut milk, lime juice, sugar, paprika, salt, and pepper. Cover and refrigerate the soup for 30 minutes to an hour or so to chill and allow the flavors to blend.

To serve, ladle the soup into bowls, then place a little of each of the topping ingredients in the center of each. Serve at once.

Cold tomato-coconut soup

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