Fresh, Fast Gazpacho

Continuing my homage to summer and the bounty of the garden, I made a super-easy and delicious recipe for Gazpacho today. In case you are not familiar, Gazpacho is a cold soup that is commonly served in Spain, made from tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, garlic, onion, olive oil and vinegar among other things…

The recipe I used is below, I found it from Food and Wine, and I have to say, it was exactly my speed: no measurements, just chop and toss in the blender… From start to finish I had it in a bowl chilling in the fridge within 10 minutes!

http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/the-best-gazpacho-recipes

Here is what I used:

3 large juicy tomatoes (quartered)

2 smallish cucumbers (peeled and chopped)

1 green bell pepper (chopped)

1 zucchini (peeled and chopped)

about 1/2 bunch of scallions (including the green parts)

a large splash of apple cider vinegar

an even larger splash of extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

fresh ground black pepper

I threw everything into my Vitamix high-speed blender, and blended it until smooth. Once done, I tasted, and adjusted salt and pepper as needed and then put in the fridge for 6-7 hours. If you don’t have a Vitamix, any blender, including a hand blender will work great. The longer the soup marinates in its own juices, the more flavorful it gets, so try to prepare it at least a few hours before eating, or make it the night before and let it sit overnight. You won’t be disappointed! I meant to take a picture to include in here, but we had finished it all when I realized I had forgotten! Oh well, you can see pics on their website. I garnished ours with avocado slices, and it was delish!

If you try out this recipe or if you have other comments on this posting, please leave them here- I look forward to your comments!

Hope you have a wonderful week full of love and deliciousness!

Love,

Julie

 

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