6 large tomatoes
2 cups tomato juice
1 medium cucumber, seeded and finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 small green pepper, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1-2 tsps Tabasco
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Plunge tomatoes in boiling water to loosen skins, about 30 seconds. Immediately immerse in cold water. Slip skins off. Core and coarsely chop.
In large bowl combine tomatoes, tomato juice, cucumber, onion, green pepper, garlic, oil, vinegar, Tabasco, salt, and pepper.
Cover and chill.
Top each serving with croutons, if desired.
*This is the perfect food for hot weather! We generally don't even bother with croutons...it's so refreshingly good all by itself.