Raw Tomato Soup with French Tarragon

 

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The unofficial raw soup days I announced in the last post quickly turned into the unofficial raw tomato soup days, because when I had made the tomato soup once I was immediately captured by this in every way awesome dish, and I found myself making it again and again…..and again. This soup is definitely the real deal! It is incredibly easy to make, it is packed with vitamins and minerals, and it tastes like actual, fresh tomatoes  (in contrary to the vague memory I have of the nutrient lacking pulverized versions you can buy in the store).

 

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Originating from Peru, tomatoes have made their way around the world, creeping into people`s gardens, kitchens and hearts. In Norway we have a saying that children that are dear to us have many names. I could not figure out if there is an English version of it, but the meaning is nonetheless valid for the tomato. Throughout the years it has been described as the “Apple of Love”, “Gold Apple”, “Apple of Paradise”, “Wolf Peach” and even “Devil Apple” (due to the fact that North Americans considered tomato poisonous a few centuries ago).

 

Regardless of its name, there is no doubt that the tomato is a wonder fruit. In fact, I like to regard tomatoes as small nutrition bombs. They contain around 20 % of recommended daily dose of vitamin A and 30 % of recommended daily intake of vitamin C per 100 gram (the weight of a medium sized tomato). Tomatoes also contain lycopene, a rather unique antioxidant found to protect against several types of cancers, as well as skin aging. In fact, many new “beauty pills” use lycopene as their power ingredient, but hey! – who needs a pill when it is possible to eat a ripe and delicious tomato instead?

 

Studies have also found that tomatoes help reduce the risk of heart disease and inflammatory diseases, keep the cholesterol down, reduce the risk of hypertension and prevent urinary tract infections. They also contain iron, important for production of red blood cells, and potassium, which is essential for optimal nerve function, as well as vitamin K and B, manganese and several amino acids. Is it not amazing how “regular” fruits and veggies contain so many nutrients and are so incredible good for us? This is our medicine right here!

 

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In my opinion, this soup tastes like a fresh summer dream. Preferably, it should be made with organic, dark red tomatoes, as they are the absolutely most healthy and flavorsome. When planning the dish, I decided to add something to make the consistency of the soup more thick and filling. My choice ended on avocado, and it turned out perfectly. Not only does the avocado yield a creamy texture, it also brings the health barometer even higher because of the omega fatty acids it contains. To top off the already gorgeous flavors, I also added some garlic that definitely turned the heat on, and some French tarragon that complemented the tomatoes with a subtle hint of sweet liquorice-like flavor. To me, the tarragon is essential to the dish. The combination of tomatoes and tarragon is a French twist I believe brings this dish from good to amazing. It is best to use fresh tarragon, as the flavor disappears quite a bit when the herb is dried. However, add the herb little by little, because it can easily overpower the other flavors.

 

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Raw Tomato Soup with French Tarragon
Gives about  2 cups (4 ½ dl) – enough for 1 serving

400 grams tomatoes

½ ripe avocado

1-2 cloves of garlic

3 tbsp olive oil

2-3 tbsp French Tarragon

1-2 tbsp lemon juice

½ cup (1 dl) water

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

 

Add all the ingredients to a food processor and let it run until everything is well-blended. Enjoy!

Categories: Dinner, Soup

13 Comments

  • PappaArne says:

    Fantastisk suppe – lekre bilder – gleder meg til å smake

  • Marie says:

    Jeg skjønner godt at du får dilla på tomatsuppe :D Jeg lagde mye tomatsuppe i sydney, men så lagde jeg en som ikke var så god, så da mista jeg litt lysta. Men denne skal jeg prøve. Trenger jo bare tomater, avocado og estragon, så det er jo ikke noe dyr middag heller. Det liker jeg. Nam! Ha en fin dag ;)

  • Koko says:

    Ohhh fresh summer dream indeed….this looks amazing. I love tarragon now (I used to hate it!) and I’m sure it is awesome in this vibrant raw soup!

  • Ragnhild @ www.ragnhildnordrum.com says:

    LOve love love! Elsker supper, varme og kalde, og noe av det beste er jo faktisk tomatsuppe! Når jeg lager varm ovnssteker jeg tomatene først og synes det er nydelig. Men rå tomatsuppe er minst like godt, spesielt nå på våren og sommeren, og så er det så så herlig å tenke på at all næringen blir igjen i maten :D
    Denne varianten høres NyDeLiG ut med avokado og hvitløk og alt :)
    Gooood 17. mai til deg, håper du får feiret litt du også<3 Klem

    • thess says:

      Ja, supper er det perfekte måltid – enkelt, (ofte) billig, og utrolig godt, og man blir helt perfekt mett av det :) Din tomatsuppe høres også utrolig god ut, smart å ovnsteke de først! Takk for det, Håper du også hadde en fin 17 mai i går! Klem :)

  • therawfoodsisters.com says:

    Vilken soppa! Den ser helt fantastisk ut och smakar garanterat gudomligt. Vi är båda helt galna i tomater! Inget slår tomaterna vi har ätit när vi bott nere i Italien. Så söta och helt gudomligt goda! Tänk att tomater är så nyttiga :) Blev dem genast ÄNNU godare att äta!

    • thess says:

      Tusen takk, jenter :) Ja, ikke sant – tomater er naturens gave til menneskene :) Og jeg er helt enig, synes all mat blir bedre når man vet at det er så bra for kroppen i tillegg :)

  • Anne says:

    Fantastisk god tomatsuppe – har prøvd den i dag – og så blir man så glad for å se hvilken god helse-effekt den har J
    Bildene er også så innbydende – man får lyst å lage suppen bare av den grunn J

    • thess says:

      Å, så gøy at den falt i smak! jeg synes også den er utrolig frisk og god :) Tusen takk for koselig kommentar :D

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