This savory tomato juice recipe is made with just three ingredients – tomatoes, cucumber, and red bell pepper. Refreshing, thirst quenching, and light!
Tomatoes are available all year around. But in the summer and early fall, they truly take on the “fruit” aspect of their personality.
Sweet, juicy, and popping with flavor, there is not much better than a ripe summer tomato, still warm off the vine.
When I was a kid, my dad and I would stand next to our tomato plants, eating the tomatoes whole like apples. Sometimes we’d add a sprinkle of salt or spoonful of mayo. But a summer’s tomato didn’t really need it.
Bursting with the flavor of the sun, it packed plenty of punch on its own.
That’s why when they’re in season, I look for every excuse to enjoy tomatoes by the bowlful – including my favorite tomato juice recipe of the moment.
It’s made with just three ingredients – tomatoes, cucumber, and red bell pepper. If I’m in the mood for a spicy kick, one more ingredient, a clove of garlic, rounds out the savory quality.
Tomato juice might put one to the mind of old school V-8 style juices. (I could have had a V-8!) But banish that thought from your mind.
Unlike those bottled tomato juices, which felt thick and gluggy in the throat as if you were drinking tomato soup, this one is light and refreshing. It’s a tasty way to quench your thirst. Sweet enough to be delicious but not cloyingly so.
While tomatoes are at their yearly best, I recommend grabbing a few off the vine or from your neighborhood farmers market and trying it for yourself.
How to make this tomato juice recipe
Wash the tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, and garlic (if using).
Remove the peel from the garlic & stem from the bell pepper & tomatoes.
If the chute of your juicer is on the small side, you may need to cut the vegetables down to a manageable size.
For my Breville compact juicer, I simply cut the bell pepper in half, but everything else stayed whole. I find that it juices a lot better if things stay as large as possible, as opposed to cutting into smaller chunks first.
Run the vegetables through the juicer, pour over ice into two glasses, and serve!
More juice recipes you’ll enjoy
Looking for more juice recipes? Here are a few more I know you’ll love:
- Celery & cucumber juice
- Carrot juice recipe with apple, cucumber & celery
- Vegetable juice recipe with tomatoes, celery, & cucumber
- Rooibos iced tea with fresh peach juice
Bell pepper, cucumber & tomato juice
- 2 medium tomatoes
- 1 small to medium cucumber
- ½ red bell pepper
- 1 clove garlic peeled (optional)
- Process the tomatoes, cucumber, and bell pepper through the juicer. (Remove the stems from the bell pepper & tomatoes before juicing, and the peel from the garlic.)
- If you like garlic and want an extra savory kick, add the optional clove of garlic as well.
- Pour over ice into two glasses.
Content, recipe, and photos updated October 2020. Originally posted July 2014.