Last week, I talked about savory "gazpacho style" vegetable green smoothies in my raw vegan spicy tomato parsley green smoothie post. Thank you for all of your emails, tweets, Facebook comments about these "sweet fruitless" green smoothies. Many of you commented on the garlic, ginger, and onion, and how you found it a bit too pungent first thing in the morning. Personally, those flavors get me going in the morning. But I totally understand that it is a bit "full on" for a lot of people.
My friend Katy recently discovered she has an intolerance to garlic. I secretly wept on her behalf, as I would be literally be lost without fresh garlic. As devastating as I found this piece of news, (you will be pleased to know the violins in my head have just stopped) it prompted me to remember that there would be others in the same predicament.
So, I thought I would share this raw vegan sun dried tomato cilantro green smoothie, that doesn't contain any garlic, ginger, or onion. But instead, relies on the sweetness of the sun dried tomato, mixed with the heat of some chili pepper, a splash of lime juice, and the creaminess of some avocado. I can already see some of you rolling your eyes lamenting, "we forgot to mention no chile!" Lol! Don't despair. You can omit the chili and still enjoy the flavor of this smoothie. I just enjoy the extra kick.
When we make green smoothies, we often neglect to include luscious green herbs like parsley, basil, and cilantro. I don't know about you, but I use these herbs almost daily in all kinds of soups, stews, stir-fries, salads, and other savory dishes. Throwing them into green smoothies is just another way to enjoy these flavorful and nutrient-dense herbs.
Besides tasting fantastic, did you that cilantro is loaded with nutrients that can be beneficial to health? It is full of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, iron, magnesium and manganese. It is also a good source of dietary fiber. Cilantro also contains beneficial phytonutrients and antioxidants, especially the flavonoid quercetin, making it fantastic for neutralizing free radicals.
So, it is fantastic to eat it live and raw. This tomato green smoothie is a delicious way to a big dose of fresh cilantro into your system. It tastes fantastic too. Enjoy!