A bowl of carrot soup with a sprig of parsley
November 14, 2023
A bowl of carrot soup with a sprig of parsley

Brain Healthy Ingredients: Cucumbers, Olive Oil, Tomatoes

Serves: 2

This gazpacho is a wonderful way to get a healthy dose of brain-boosting olive oil, tomatoes, and cucumbers – while enjoying a refreshing cold summer soup.

If you can’t find heirloom tomatoes, you can use Roma tomatoes.


  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tblsp sherry vinegar (or more to taste)
  • ½ tsp red Tabasco sauce
  • ½ a medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into large chunks
  • ½ a small red onion, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 2 Tblsp fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 Tblsp fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • 3 medium-large heirloom tomatoes, cut into large chunks


  1. Put the oil, vinegar, and Tabasco in a blender. Mix for a few seconds. Add everything except tomatoes and blend until smooth.
  2. Add tomato chunks, a few at a time. Blend until the mixture is smooth. If you want it even smoother, you can pass the mixture through a fine mesh strainer.
  3. Chill at least 2 hours before serving. Whisk gazpacho and taste. Add more salt and/or sherry vinegar as desired. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil before serving.