Raw Vegan Sun Dried Tomato Cilantro Green Smoothie4
Last week, I talked about savoury "gazpacho style" vegetable green smoothies in my raw vegan spicy tomato parsley green smoothie post. Thankyou 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 flavours 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 chili!" LOL! Don't dispair. You can omit the chili and still enjoy the flavour 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 savoury dishes. Throwing them into green smoothies is just another way to enjoy these flavourful 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 :)
Raw Vegan Sun Dried Tomato Cilantro Green Smoothie
- 2 cups chopped tomatoes (about 2 medium tomatoes)
- 2 cups ice
- 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 cup filtered water
- ½ cup chopped red pepper / red capsicum
- 1 avocado
- 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 ½ Tbsp sun-dried tomato
- 1 tsp chopped Serrano chilli or more depending on the heat (omit if alkaline)
- ¾ tsp - 1 tsp Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Place all the ingredients in your blender (I use a Vitamix) and puree until smooth and creamy.
- Tweak flavours to taste – you might want more lime juice and salt.
- Makes two 16-ounce glasses
Piggy Cooking Tips
where is the best place to store tomatoes?
For maximum freshness and to capitalize on nutrition, tomatoes should be consumed the day they are purchased. However, this is not always possible. Store tomatoes at room temperature out of direct sunlight. They should keep for up to about ten days depending on the variety and how ripe they were when purchased. Storing unripe tomatoes in the fridge impedes the ripening process and will compromise their flavour and make them spongy. If you need to store ripe tomatoes in the fridge for a couple of days, place them in the butter compartment (which is the warmest part of the fridge). Then bring them to room temperature before using to get the most juice and flavour.