Serves 6 to 8
2 3/4 cups vegetable juice cocktail
1 medium cucumber, cut into chunks
3 medium tomatoes, cut into chunks
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, diced
2 green onions, chopped (green parts only)
1 zucchini, chopped
1 small green bell (and/or other color) pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped and additional sprigs for garnish
7 Ė 8 drops hot pepper sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Additional cilantro sprigs
SERVES: 6 - 8
In a blender or food processor, combine 1-1/4 cups vegetable juice cocktail, 1/2 the cucumber, 1 tomato, sugar, vinegar and olive oil.
Blend until smooth.
Pour mixture into a large bowl and add remaining tomatoes, remaining cucumber, red onion, celery, green onions, zucchini, green pepper, cilantro, pepper sauce, salt and pepper.
Stir to blend.
Serve well chilled with croutons, a dollop of sour cream and cilantro sprigs.