“This avocado and green grape gazpacho is a nice alternative to traditional gazpacho, which is tomato and pepper-based,” Mychael explains. “If you’re trying to avoid nightshade vegetables, this is a fantastic, unique gazpacho to try.”
It brings in the surprising element of green grapes for slight sweetness in this otherwise savory recipe, as well as garlic and sweet onion for a peppery bite. Finally, white vinegar and mint brighten things up.As far as the nutritional benefits go, this easy gazpacho recipe features:
- a nice balance of healthy fats to hydrate skin
- antioxidants to fight free radicals + premature signs of aging
AvocadoAvocados are rich in healthy fats and antioxidants, including vitamin C. Both of these nutrients are beneficial not only for your overall health, but also for your skin. In a 2010 study, Japanese women who increased their intake of both types of nutrients experienced increased skin elasticity. A higher intake of green produce in general also led to fewer instances of wrinkles. Other research shows that the polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PFAs) extracted from avocados can significantly reduce UV damage. Sun damage is linked to a variety of skin concerns, including but not limited to wrinkles, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation. This feature makes avocados a worthy addition to your pro-aging, sun-protective diet plan.
GrapesGreen grapes also play a vital role in this gazpacho recipe. Grapes have many nutritional features—yet arguably, the greatest one involves their rich antioxidant content. (If you’ve ever heard that wine is healthy, you can credit this feature for the claim. Of course, it’s still important to drink alcohol in moderation.) As noted above, antioxidants help combat free radicals, an abundance of which contribute to oxidative stress in the form of skin damage and several other health risks. Grapes are particularly rich in resveratrol, a type of antioxidant in the polyphenol category. The skin benefits of resveratrol include the compound’s ability to:
- help stimulate collagen production
- offer antioxidant + antibacterial properties
CucumbersCucumbers are another primary staple in this avocado gazpacho soup. They consist of up to 95 percent water, making them a natural fit for an easy recipe to hydrate your skin and body alike. Cucumbers also boast antioxidant properties. And similar to avocados, they provide soothing effects from excess sun exposure and other sources of skin irritation.
Green Grape + Avocado Gazpacho Recipe
Try serving this avocado gazpacho in shot glasses as an amuse-bouche, or in serving bowls as a refreshing first course.
- 3 Persian cucumbers
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 1/2 cups green seedless grapes
- 1/2 sweet onion
- 8 mint leaves
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- 2 tbsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Blender or food processor
- Chop the Persian cucumbers and onion into large chunks and add to blender.
- Remove the avocado pit and scoop the meat out into the blender.
- Add all the remaining ingredients and blend. Add up to a cup of water to reach desired consistency. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
- Chill for at least four hours, preferably overnight.
- Optional: Garnish with thinly sliced cucumbers and a sprig of mint.
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