From the Blender: The Virtuous Mary

We tend to associate the word "smoothie" with sweet beverages, but savory smoothies like this one are among my favorites. One step beyond a Virgin Mary, this Mary is virtuous because it includes whole celery stalks and tomatoes. It also cuts down on the sodium with salt-free tomato juice. (Don't worry, it still tastes savory and salty.) Use unrefined sea salt like Himalayan pink or Celtic gray salt to bump up the virtuousness just a touch more, if you like.

About the author: Carolyn Cope is the voice behind the popular food blog Umami Girl. A recent transplant to London, she's trying her best to act nonchalant in the company of courgettes and aubergines. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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From the Blender: The Virtuous Mary

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 2
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:Regular or high-speed blender

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups no-salt tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped ripe tomatoes
  • 2 tender inner stalks celery with leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared or fresh grated horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco, or to taste
  • 1 cup ice

Procedures

  1. 1

    Combine all ingredients in blender and puree until completely smooth. Divide between two glasses and serve immediately.

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