When it’s hot, I love fresh meals like Gazpacho.
An even added bonus with this cool soup is that.
What is needed? A bunch of ripe tomatoes and whatever else your farmer’s market or garden offers up.
After a nice walk through the woods, a good girlfriend of mine and I refueled with a large bowl of this, utilizing some heirlooms from her garden.
It came together in no time, thanks to the help of a food processor (you could certainly use a blender) and the natural beauty of this type of soup.
Gazpacho is all about the freshness of its ingredients. It’s simple. And absolutely divine on a steamy summer day.
Keep the soup as chunky as you desire, or pulse it for a little extra time if you want something creamier than what’s pictured above.
Either way, I recommend serving it with a nice slice of crusty bread to sop up some of its flavorful juices and add an element of crunch.
And definitely don’t skip out on the avocado topping. This provides the richness that this light soup needs to complete it. In fact, you could even drizzle a little olive oil on top once served up for an added element of richness.
What are you making to tide you over during these early August days? Would love to hear your favorite recipes of the season!
- 3 large heirloom tomatoes, chopped
- 1 large cucumber, chopped
- 1/3 red onion, chopped
- 1/2 large jalapeno, chopped
- 2 celery sticks, chopped
- 1/4 cup parsley
- 2-3 Tbsp. cilantro
- 2-3 tsp. vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups tomato juice
- Fresh ground pepper and salt, to taste
- 1 avocado, sliced and sprinkled with salt
- 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped, to garnish (optional)
- 4 slices of crusty bread (optional)
- Place the first ten ingredients (up until the salt and pepper) in a food processor or blender. Pulse until veggies reach desired consistently, letting the processor run longer if you seek a creamier soup. Adjust salt and pepper, to taste, and add more vinegar if a bit more acidity is desired. (This will depend on how acidic your tomatoes are.)
- Serve, topped with sliced avocado and cherry tomatoes, alongside a slice of toasted bread, if using.