Chilled Cumin-Spiked Tomato Soup

Recipe from “Sylvia’s Table” by Liz Neumark

Ingredients (serves 4-6):
2 tsp cumin
2 lb ripe tomatoes, cored and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
2 tsp salt
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup ice water (optional)

1) Toss the cumin in a small skillet over low heat, stirring, just until fragrant, 1-2 minutes; do not let it burn.

2) Combine tomatoes, onion, and 2 tbsp cilantro in a blender and puree until smooth. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; add the toasted cumin, 2 tbsp lime juice, and salt and stir to combine. Refrigerate the soup until it is thoroughly chilled, at least one hour.

3) Meanwhile, puree the yogurt and remaining cilantro in a blender until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, adjust the soup to taste with additional salt and lime juice; add ice water as needed if you would like a thinner texture.

4) Divide the soup among individual chilled bowls and garnish with a generous swirl of cilantro yogurt.