Acqua e Sale – a refreshing summer raw-veggie soup

This is a refreshing summer dish made with raw vegetables in a simple broth of water, salt and olive oil. It is similar to a cold gaspacho and is great with stale bread.


2 ripe tomatoes
1/4 to 1/2 red onion
1/2 cucumber
1 green pepper (bell or other)
good extra-virgin olive oil
hearty stale bread, sliced (you can use any hearty country bread with a nice crust, though Pugliese frise are the best)


1. Cut the tomatoes, onion, peppers and cucumber into small pieces and place in a medium bowl.

2. Add lots of water, abundant olive oil and salt.  Refrigerate for 1 hour. The end result will be almost like a cold soup or gaspacho.

3. Eat in bowls, over slices of stale bread.