Make Ahead

Creamy Chilled Horseradish Soup with Tomato and Green Apple

March 28, 2011
1 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Makes 3 cups
Author Notes

How did I end up here? On my way to pairing horseradish with potato, I made a pit stop at another nightshade, tomato. I was thinking about a Bloody Mary, which reminded me of the Heirloom Tomato Soup and Sorbet I made last summer (and how they inspired a tomato sorbet based riff on a Bloody Mary). Although summer is a ways off, my daughter, a.k.a. the Tomato Bandit, has two cherry tomato plants that have taken over our raised bed, and are brimming with red beauties. This got me thinking about gazpacho, but with a twist—using green apple instead of cucumber. Once I got my soup chilling however, I decided there were too many seeds, so strained out the solids, stirred in some horseradish-dill-crème fraiche, and ended up with this soup. One taste begins with a sweet burst of tomato and apple, and ends with the peppery bite of horseradish. Crème fraiche and dill round out the flavors of this chilled starter; serve in small bowls, as a little goes a long way. —gingerroot

Test Kitchen Notes

WHO: Gingerroot is a Honolulu-based cook and art educator.
WHAT: A chilled tomato soup that's unexpected (and delicious!) in every way.
HOW: Whizz together tomatoes, apples, horseradish, garlic, and lime juice. Strain, then swirl in a dilly, horseradish-spiked crème fraîche.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This soup is an unfussy take on gazpacho that's elegant and spunky at once. It's a snap to make (just blend the ingredients and chill—waiting overnight really is worth it!) and zippy to eat, with the crème fraîche pulling it all together. And we're dreaming of lots of other things to do with the creamy topping... Tossed with potatoes or slaw or with eggs? Yes.
—The Editors

What You'll Need
  • For soup
  • 30 ripe red cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and cored, sliced and chopped
  • 4 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt plus more to taste if necessary
  • For horseradish-dill-crème fraiche topping
  • 2 tablespoons crème fraîche
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill, snipped
  • Squeeze or two of fresh lime wedges, to taste
  1. Halve cherry tomatoes. Place tomatoes and chopped apple into bowl of a food processor. Add remaining soup ingredients, and pulse until well combined. Taste for salt, adding more if necessary. Pulse again.
  2. Strain mixture through a sieve into a quart Pyrex measure or glass bowl. Press down on solids with a spatula to get the most out of the seeds and pulp. Continue to press on solids until quite dry and you have 3 cups of liquid. Discard solids. Cover strained soup with plastic wrap and chill for at least three hours, preferably overnight, to allow flavors to meld.
  3. When ready to serve, make your horseradish-dill-crème fraîche by combining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Remove soup from refrigerator, stir and taste, adjusting seasonings if necessary (salt, lime).
  4. Serve soup in small bowls and top with a dollop of the seasoned crème fraîche. Swirl in crème fraîche using a chopstick or spoon. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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Recipe by: gingerroot

My most vivid childhood memories have to do with family and food. As a kid, I had the good fortune of having a mom who always encouraged trying new things, and two grandmothers who invited me into their kitchens at a young age. I enjoy cooking for the joy it brings me - sharing food with loved ones - and as a stress release. I turn to it equally during good times and bad. Now that I have two young children, I try to be conscientious about what we cook and eat. Right about the time I joined food52, I planted my first raised bed garden and joined a CSA; between the two I try to cook as sustainably and organically as I can. Although I'm usually cooking alone, my children are my favorite kitchen companions and I love cooking with them. I hope when they are grown they will look back fondly at our time spent in the kitchen, as they teach their loved ones about food-love. Best of all, after years on the mainland for college and graduate school, I get to eat and cook and raise my children in my hometown of Honolulu, HI. When I'm not cooking, I am helping others grow their own organic food or teaching schoolchildren about art.

29 Reviews

boymeetsgirlmeetsfood September 12, 2016
Congratulations- this looks amazing!
gingerroot September 14, 2016
Thank you! Let me know what you think if you try it.
drbabs September 9, 2016
gingerroot September 10, 2016
Thanks, Dr. B!!! 😘
mrslarkin March 30, 2011
this sounds lovely, gingerroot!
gingerroot March 31, 2011
Thanks so much, mrslarkin! I think I enjoyed it even more the next day.
lorigoldsby March 30, 2011
I'm excited to try this when we get tomatoes again.
gingerroot March 31, 2011
Thanks, lori! If you do try it, I'd love to hear your thoughts about it.
susan G. March 30, 2011
Love the photo, love the soup... how about a salsa-like version?
gingerroot March 31, 2011
Thanks, susan g! A salsa version sounds great. Although I really like the way the crème rounds out the hot from the horseradish. I suppose subbing cilantro for the dill would really change up the flavors and make it more reminiscent of salsa.
fiveandspice March 29, 2011
Wow! What a creation!
gingerroot March 30, 2011
Thank you, fiveandspice!
testkitchenette March 28, 2011
It looks like summer, beautiful recipe and journey there!
gingerroot March 29, 2011
Thanks so much, testkitchenette!
drbabs March 28, 2011
Do you think summer will come if I make this? Lovely!
gingerroot March 28, 2011
I hope so! I'm sending you some Hawaiian brother recently relocated to NYC and is not so happy about the weather. Thanks, drbabs!
Sagegreen March 28, 2011
Great balance of flavors!
gingerroot March 28, 2011
Thanks, Sagegreen! The seasoned crème fraiche really pulls it all together, I think (and with a little tinkering would be a lovely dip on its own).
dymnyno March 28, 2011
Sounds like a great summer soup...and I am sooo ready for summer!
gingerroot March 29, 2011
Thanks dymnyno! Me summer approaches and the tomatoes get sweeter, I hope you give this a try.
TiggyBee March 28, 2011
gingerroot, I love your creation here - This looks really amazing!!
gingerroot March 29, 2011
Thanks TiggyBee! It is a refreshing burst of flavor.
TheWimpyVegetarian March 28, 2011
I really love this!! I love the combination of flavor and especially the green apple switch for cucumber! Great twist!
gingerroot March 28, 2011
Thanks so much ChezSuzanne! I was happily surprised with the switch (the added tart from the apple complements the hot from the horseradish) and would love to know your thoughts if you try this.
aargersi March 28, 2011
Love this! It sounds amazing!!
gingerroot March 28, 2011
Thanks, a! I hope you try it when your fabulous tomatoes start coming in.
aargersi March 28, 2011
I will for sure - I have 20 plants in!!!
hardlikearmour March 28, 2011
This looks beautiful, and such a great way to start a meal!
gingerroot March 28, 2011
Thanks so much, hardlikearmour! I was a little wary at the green apple idea but once it is all blended together, it kind of tricks your taste sweet and tart and hot and peppery, reminiscent of gazpacho, but using very different ingredients.