- 3 small fennel bulbs, roughly chopped
- 4 stalks celery, roughly chopped
- 1 bunch scallions, roughly chopped
- 1 sweet onion, roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 3 red bell peppers, seeded and roughly chopped
- 2 ripe tomatoes, diced (or one 14.5-ounce can chopped tomatoes, undrained)
- 1/2cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1tablespoon kosher salt
- 1/2teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4cups (32 ounces) tomato or vegetable juice
- 1/3cup fresh lemon juice
- 1teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)
- 3 limes, halved
- Working in batches, place the fennel, celery, scallions, onion, garlic, and red peppers in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely chopped but not pureed.
- Transfer to a large glass or plastic bowl and stir in the tomatoes, oil, salt, black pepper, tomato juice, lemon juice, and hot sauce, if using.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 6. Serve chilled with the lime wedges.