I had this delightful dish with friends in a restaurant on a warm evening in Porto, Portugal. The chilled soup had an amazing flavor and was very refreshing. We spent time guessing the ingredients and here is my version of this wonderful recipe.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 10 or more minutes
1-pound (400 grams) strawberries (divided in half)
1-pound (400 grams) cherry tomatoes
¼ cup fresh herbs (basil, parsley, mint, thyme)
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup port wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 medium cucumber, diced
½ cup fresh organic mozzarella cheese (1/2-inch balls, or cut into ½-inch cubes
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
In a blender, puree half the strawberries with cherry tomatoes, salt, port, fresh herbs, and lemon juice. Dice the remaining strawberries into ¼-inch pieces, then in a serving bowl, combine diced strawberries and cucumber with the puree, and finally stir in mozzarella cheese and mint. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or all day. Serve chilled.
Steven Masley, MD