This time of year is perfect to dream about those farm fresh veggies. But don’t just dream, enjoy one of my favorite refreshing soups anytime!
I also call Gazpacho "liquid salad" — for obvious reasons. Its origin and roots go back to ancient times in Andalusia Spain; with a version of the recipe believed to be concocted as a re-energizing dish for Roman workers building roads in early 2nd century Spain. Traditionally, gazpacho recipes include stale bread, tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, garlic, olive oil, and a touch of vinegar.
Gazpacho aka Liquid Salad
Makes four servings
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1/4 cup sweet onion, chopped very fine
4 cups low sodium tomato juice + Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup each sweet red + yellow pepper, chopped very fine
1/4 fresh plum tomatoes, seeded, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, fine chop
1/4 cup scallion, fine chop
1/2 cup cucumber; peeled and seeded, chopped very fine
1 Tablespoon cilantro + 1/4 each teaspoon hot sauce, cumin, sea salt + fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup stale bread, toasted and chopped fine
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Optional: 1 fresh gherkin cut into four wedges and a spring on dill to garnish. Or, marinate very fresh scallops or shrimp in tequila & hot sauce--top mugs ceviche style.
*In a large bowl mix all the ingredients and chill for two hours before serving.
My recipe will give your knife skills a work out. Feel free to use a blender. Keep in mind the manual chopping of the vegetables will preserve the flavor.
*Tip: Be aware, using a food processor or blender actually cooks the veggies with the friction, in turn, changing the natural uncooked flavor, which is the true essence of this dish. There are many versions of gazpacho, but I prefer this one without any meat broth, keeping it true to its veggie roots, and finishing it off with a drizzle of a good olive oil.