spring green soup

From The Folk School Cookbook: A Collection of Seasonal Favorites from John C. Campbell Folk School

Cool soups are an invigorating meal and a great drink of juice. Tomatoes around here are so bountiful that the whole place turns red for weeks.



Serves 4–6

This cold soup is ideal for warm summer days and nights when the bounty of ripe tomatoes is at its peak. This recipe is from the second Folk School cookbook, and is part salad, too.
No cooking required.

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse until pureed to desired consistency:

6 ripe tomatoes, peeled, cored, and cut into quarters
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into quarters
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
few drops of Tabasco
¼ cup onion, chopped
1 small green pepper, quartered
1½ cups tomato juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Serve well chilled.
Good garnished with Greek yogurt or sour cream.


Recipe from The Folk School Cookbook by Nanette Davidson; Photo by Keather Gougler 

Recipe featured above appears in The Folk School Cookbook by Nanette Davidson; Cookbook photography by Keather Gougler, unless otherwise noted. Illustrations by Sara Boggs.

The Folk School Cookbook:
A Collection of Seasonal Favorites

Arranged by the seasons, the 336-page hardcover book features Southern Appalachian cooking as well as cuisine from other parts of the world—especially those that have helped to shape the history of the school. Folk School regulars will recognize dining hall favorites, Fall Festival fare, Appalachian classics, and treats made for holidays and special events.

Nanette Davidson, cookbook author and former Folk School Resident Artist in Cooking, meticulously collected and curated over 200 recipes including some of the most memorable recipes served family-style in the school’s Dining Hall over the decades.

Between the beautiful photography, illustrations, stories, and the delectable recipes, you’ll be tempted to come to Brasstown for a visit. We hope you will! In the meantime, cook up a taste of John C. Campbell Folk School at home and share it with friends and family.

The Folk School Cookbook is available at the Folk School Craft Shop. Place an order through our online store to have the cookbook shipped directly to you.

John C. Campbell Folk School
About John C. Campbell Folk School

The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.