2 small cucumbers (1 1/2 cups when peeled & chopped)
4 ripe tomatoes (3 cups when peeled & chopped)
1 red onion (1 cup when peeled & chopped)
2 tsp finely chopped garlic
1 1/2 cups finely diced red & green peppers
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 egg yolk
salt to taste
1 tsp ground white pepper
1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce
1/2 cup tomato juice (can substitute Bloody Mary mix for a slightly spicier taste)
small toasted croutons
chopped red & green peppers
chopped, peeled tomatoes
small cooked & peeled shrimp
Peel cucumbers and cut in small cubes. Peel, core, and seed tomatoes, cut in small cubes. Peel and chop onion.
Place cucumbers, tomatoes, and onion in a food processor. Add garlic, peppers, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, egg yolk, salt, pepper, Tabasco, tomato juice or Bloody Mary mix. Blend well. Pour mixture into a bowl or pitcher and refrigerate until chilled.
Serve in chilled bowls with garnishes on the side.
Note: peeling & seeding tomatoes is big, messy work, and there are probably canned alternatives. Some people (Philistines, no doubt) may be tempted to substitute tomato juice.