How to eat vegan or raw in France | Gazpacho soup

Gazpacho GlutenfreeFresh summer flavors are Provence in a pot. This recipe will transport you to the bright, light Mediterranean. Cold tomato soup is made from garden tomatoes, then served with gluten-free toast layered with black olive spread.

In this post on eating vegetarian in France, I mentioned how difficult it was to find veg food. If you’re vegan or follow a raw diet and want to visit France, head south to Provence or the Southern coast. The food is much lighter and fresher, and you’ll have an easier time following your healthy diet there. Make sure to carry translations with you describing your food preferences (I’d call them “allergies,” as I don’t think the French really understand veganism), call ahead for reservations, and ideally have a translation program live on your smartphone. (We used Transfire on the iPhone.) Bring packaged trail mix with you, and expect to eat mostly salads.

After three days in Lyon, where sticks of butter and heavy cream are found in every dish, we took the high-speed train to Avignon. Avignon is a gorgeous medieval city complete with a papal palace.

Gazpacho Pot de Provence

My first inspiring meal in Provence at Restaurant Le Crillon, Avignon

This restaurant was directly opposite our hotel, and we happily plopped into comfy chairs under the patio umbrellas for our first Provencal meal. I chose Pot de Provence, a chunky cold tomato soup topped with grilled eggplant and zucchini slices and lightly dressed salad, served with tapenade toast in a wonderful little jar. Minus the fresh cheese balls it was probably vegan and possibly raw. And so delicious, I felt like I’d come home.

Salade De Provence

The Hubs’ salad, pretty light by French standards.

Desserts De Provence

The dessert assortment. Stewed fruit and sorbet are probably vegan.

I tried to get the actual recipe for this soup from the restaurant, but had no luck, so here is my healthy version, gluten- and sugar-free.

Suitable for:

vegan, gluten-free, low-sodium, reduced-sugar diets

Not for:

migraine diets

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Gazpacho Glutenfree
Gazpacho soup
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Gazpacho Glutenfree
Gazpacho soup
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Servings Prep Time
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Servings Prep Time
4servings 30minutes
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5minutes 30minutes+
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Instructions
  1. Wash the tomatoes and peppers. Peel the cucumbers and take off the ends. Cut the cucumbers lengthwise, remove the seeds with a grapefruit spoon, and roughly chop.
  2. Roughly chop the tomatoes, removing the seeds and goo before cutting up. Core the peppers, removing the ribs and seeds. Roughly chop the peppers.
  3. Mince or press the garlic into the bowl, and add everything but the bread. Mix and refrigerate 30 minutes to overnight to let the flavors develop.
  4. When you are ready to make the soup: Soak the bread in cold water for about 20 minutes. Squeeze out the gluten-free bread, tear it into chunks, and add to the mixture.
  5. Process the mixture using a food processor, blender, or juicer with the blank in. You can make it fairly smooth before adding the bread, but don't overprocess it with the bread included or you'll lose the nice thickening the bread provides.
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve with gluten-free toast spread with black olive tapenade.
Recipe Notes

Per serving:

  • 189 calories
  • 15 g fat
  • 2 g saturated fat
  • 11 g monounsaturated fat
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat
  • 0 g trans fat
  • 0 g cholesterol
  • 609 mg sodium (47 mg with salt omitted)
  • 508 mg potassium
  • 15 g carbohydrate
  • 3 g fiber
  • 7 g sugars
  • 2 g protein
  • 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus

For a raw dish, omit the bread. If you like a very smooth soup, you can remove the tomato skins and roast the red peppers to remove their skins. Puree until very smooth, then add the bread and pulse lightly just until incorporated.

Here's a spicy vegetarian gazpacho recipe from Chef Sally at A Food Centric Life.

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