Iced Heirloom Tomato Lassi with Fennel, Orange Zest, and Lavender Honey

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Author Notes: With all the heirloom tomatoes I sampled at the farmer's market in Brattleboro, I bought several sweet and savory varieties. Having just tested thirschfeld's wonderful fennel and peppercorn swordfish, I was reminded how interesting fennel is. Because the day was so hot and humid I made a lassi with some crushed ice. The drink was very refreshing, both sweet and savory. The color will vary with the blend of tomatoes you choose. Two variations are featured in my photos. I recommend the Rose de Berne, Black Cherry, the Japanese Rose, Golden Peach, and Valencia. Select varieties that are juicy, flavorful, and offer interesting fruity aromas. You can sweeten your lassi to taste with a lavender or rosemary honey. This drink really brings out the fruitiness of the tomato.Sagegreen

Serves 1-2

  • 1 cup chopped heirloom tomatoes (Rose de Berne, Black Cherry, Valencia)
  • 1 cup Greek or Turkish yogurt (such as Greek Gods Traditional Greek Yogurt)
  • 2 tablespoons lavender or rosemary honey (to taste)
  • 1/16 teaspoon fresh ground fennel (to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • scant pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice, if desired
  • sprig of fresh herb garnish of lavender, rosemary, lemon basil, spearmint or fresh fennel
  1. Add your selected chopped tomatoes to a blender.
  2. Add the yogurt to this with the honey, spice, zest, salt, and crushed ice (You can grind the fennel in a spice grinder ahead and use the extra in other recipes).
  3. Process and then pour into your glass. Garnish with a sprig of a fresh herb and sprinkle ground fennel on top to taste as an option.

Tags: Fennel, heirloom tomatoes, honey, sweet and savory, yogurt

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

You are very welcome! I realize these are different flavors that won't appeal to everyone, but they are so much fun to explore.

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over 3 years ago Whole Foods Junkie

Very fun and unique. Love your photo, too.

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks. I like the blend of flavors.This week I have been busy making several drinks.