You can make this refreshing meal without even turning on the oven or stove top. Float pre-cooked shrimp on a bowl of gazpacho made heartier with earthy beets. Look for vacuum-packed cooked beets in the produce section of supermarkets.
Don't overlook the importance of the accompaniments. Eggs, tuna, cured meats, and other protein-rich items make the otherwise light-bodied soup a satisfying meal. Set everything out in separate dishes, and let everyone pick and choose among the offerings.
This soup can be served straight from the blender, when it is still frothy, or well chilled during warmer months. Use sorrel as a garnish; its bright, lemony flavor is a wonderful accent. If you are unable to find pencil-thin asparagus, you can trim thicker stalks with a vegetable peeler or paring knife.
Per serving: 118 calories, 8 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 11 g carbs, 389 mg sodium, 4 g protein, 6 g fiber