7.10.2012

Go To Recipe 2: Gazpacho

When the temperatures rise, my appetite for hot meals plummets.  I eat loads of salads during summer but when I want something even more seasonally refreshing I make myself a big bowl of gazpacho.  Over the years I've sampled multiple gazpacho recipes but I always come back to this* one. As easy as this recipe is, the flavor profile is spot on. It yields one of the chunkiest, flavorful gazpachos out there.  It's also very easy to doctor; this time I added some jalapeno and lemon.

Ingredients:
- 1 cucumber, seeded
- 2 large ripe tomatoes
- 1 small red onion
- 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and ribbed
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 red pepper, seeded and ribbed
- 3 cups of low/no sodium tomato juice
- 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 1/2 tbsp of kosher salt
- coarse ground pepper
- zest of one lemon

1) Chunk your cucumber, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno and pepper.

2) Whisk together garlic, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl.


3) Pulse each vegetable (I did my jalapeno and red pepper together) separately in a food processor. 5-7 pulses worked for me but I wanted chunk-tastic veggies.


4) Add veggies into the bowl and coat with the olive oil/vinegar mixture.  Add in the tomato juice and lemon zest.  Taste and adjust salt and pepper if needed.


5) Chill for at least 4 hours, but longer is better! I waited overnight to sample mine.

Serve on its own or with chopped cilantro, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, avocado slices, or with a hunk of fresh bread.  *While this is not a traditional Andalucian gazpacho made with a bread crumb base, you could absolutely add a cup of fresh bread crumbs into this recipe if you wanted a heartier, more traditional soup.

I want to know, what do you eat when it gets hot out? Are you a gazpacho fan or does cold soup weird you out? I would love to know! 

7 comments:

Laura Go said...

Will you believe I don't like gazpacho? Ok, I've had it only once, and I should probably try it again, and this time, make it myself. :)
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Anna said...

Yum...yum.yum YUM!!!! I am exactly the same. It was how it was growing up, as soon as warmer weather hit mum would stick to salads and cold meats so this recipe is righttt up my ally.

Anna xo
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Becky said...

I need a food processor! Looks delicious!

Chapstick Fanatic said...

this looks so yummy! last time i tried to make gazpacho my blender exploded and with the glass everywhere it wasn't exactly save to eat.

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pretty little things said...

thanks for the sweet comments on my blog! and this recipe looks devine! YUM

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Krystal said...

i don't think i've even had this! but it looks good :)

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

looks really good Cara! i've never tried cold soup. hahaha i eat lots of tuna and salmon this time of year.
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