6 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 medium white onion, chopped
2 medium cucumbers, peeled and chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 carrot, grated
1 garlic clove, chopped
4 cups whole-grain bread, coarsely broken
4 cups water
1/4 cup vinegar or lemon juice
2 teaspoons (sea) salt, or to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 to 3/4 cup mixed fresh herbs: basil, chervil, chives, parsley, salad burnet, tarragon, thyme


Combine all ingredients and mix gently. Puree in blender, doing a small amount at a time. Cover and chill for several hours or overnight. At serving time, garnish with any of the following: croutons, snipped parsley, chives, diced green pepper, cucumber, or tomato.


Serves 8

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