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Tiered Tomato Soup

Makes 6 to 8 first-course servings

Total Time
30 mins

This eye-popping chilled soup floats a red stratum of tomato soup on a green layer of avocado soup. Clear straight-sided glasses or wineglasses to show off the soup's layers.

Tiered Tomato Soup

James Carrier
 2 pounds ripe tomatoes
 3 to 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
 2 firm-ripe avocados (8 oz. each)
 3/4 cup fat-skimmed chicken broth
 1/4 cup sour cream
 3 tablespoons lime juice
 1 cucumber (12 oz.)
 3 tablespoons minced shallots
 1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon
Step 1

Rinse and core tomatoes; cut into chunks. Whirl in a blender or food processor until smooth, then rub through a fine strainer into a bowl; you should have about 3 cups. Discard residue. Season purée to taste with 2 to 3 tablespoons vinegar and salt. Cover and chill until cold, at least 1 hour.

Step 2

Peel and pit avocados; cut into chunks. In a blender or food processor, whirl avocados, broth, sour cream, and lime juice until smooth. Add salt to taste. Cover surface with plastic wrap and chill until cold, at least 1 hour.

Step 3

Peel cucumber; cut in half lengthwise and scoop out and discard seeds. Dice cucumber into 1/8-inch pieces; you should have about 1 cup. In a small bowl, mix cucumber, shallots, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and minced tarragon. Cover and chill until cold, at least 30 minutes.

Step 4

To serve, stir avocado mixture to blend and pour equal portions into glasses (12 to 16 oz. each). Whisk tomato mixture to blend and gently pour over avocado. Top with diced-cucumber mixture. Clear, straight-sided glasses or wineglasses show off the layers of color best, but large martini glasses also work. You can also use soup bowls and keep the layers a surprise.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 117Calories from Fat 65
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8.4g13%

Saturated Fat 2.1g11%
Cholesterol 3.5mg2%
Sodium 31mg2%
Total Carbohydrate 11g4%

Dietary Fiber 2.4g10%
Protein 2.5g5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.