Raw Tomato Basil Soup

Winnie Abramson, ND

By Winnie Abramson, ND

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It’s still too hot to cook much, so I’m on a blended soup kick.

While I like traditional cooked tomato soup as much as the next person, I think this raw tomato basil soup is even better, especially when you can make it with seasonal organic tomatoes. It’s a bit like a gazpacho, but with a paired down list of ingredients. It’s also easier to make than most gazpacho recipes.


I grow a very large variety of heirloom tomatoes in my garden, so I like to mix different colored tomatoes in this soup. A combination of red and yellow tomatoes yields a soup that looks remarkably similar to a cream-based one.

Basil and tomatoes get along fabulously, both in the garden and in recipes, so I grow lots of basil, too.


Where I live (in New York), basil is an annual. If you live in a warm climate, it might be a perennial (lucky you!). Growing basil is easy to do as it’s very simple to start from seed- I have lemon basil, Thai basil, purple basil and more in my garden; for this recipe, you just need standard Italian sweet basil.

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Recipe for Raw Tomato Soup with Basil

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 1 -2 servings


  • *4 fresh tomatoes preferably organic heirloom varieties, cut into quarters
  • *1 tablespoon bottled sun-dried tomatoes in oil or 3 sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in warm water to hydrate for 15-20 minutes, and then drained plus 2 tsp. olive oil
  • *1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • *1/4 tsp. Himalayan or sea salt to taste
  • *additional fresh basil and diced avocado for garnish- optional


  • 1. Place all ingredients, except those for the garnish, in a blender (I use a Blendtec, but the Vita-Mix is also great) and process until fairly smooth.
  • 2. If you want it to be completely pureed, blend away until it's the consistency you like; I personally prefer it to retain some texture. Pour into bowl(s) and add diced avocado and additional fresh basil to garnish, if desired. Serves 1-2; I can easily eat this whole recipe myself.

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