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Gazpacho

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While driving the other day, my daughter and I pulled into a roadside farm stand. There was the sweetest and most adorable older woman proudly arranging her tomatoes. For every basket my eyes landed on, she’d say, “Go ahead and try one!” That sweet lady knows exactly what she’s doing. I walked away with more tomatoes than I knew what to do with! I’m a sucker for sweet face.

I owe her, though. She gave me an excuse to finally make gazpacho. A chilled tomato soup that I could eat every day. I haven’t made it in ages because…well…my family says they don’t like it. I made it anyway.

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Gazpacho has so many variations. I’d eat any one of them. Although, I will say, recipes calling for tomato juice…hmmm…not so much. I’ve interpreted my own idea of gazpacho many times, but this…this is my favorite. This recipe is based on the authentic preparation of gazpacho, but with a twist or two. Authentic Andalusian gazpacho, where it originates, uses bread to give the soup body and subtle flavor. The bread is traditionally soaked with water for about thirty minutes then drained before being processed with the tomatoes. I omit the water and instead, use the juices from the tomato. It’s wonderful, fresh, summery, and filling. I’m in love with this recipe.

And guess what? So is my family.

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Gazpacho

3 to 4 1″ slices of a crusty baguette (See Notes)
2 1/2 pounds tomatoes, cored and cut in half
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded and roughly chopped
1/2 small red onion, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
2 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Garnish with…
finely diced avocado
finely diced cucumber
finely diced red onion
grape or cherry tomato slices
a few sprigs of fresh lemon thyme (try regular thyme or basil if you’d like)
freshly ground black pepper
a squeeze of fresh lime
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Place the bread slices in a medium bowl topped with a fine mesh sieve. Squeeze the tomato halves over the sieve to remove the seeds and allow the juices to run into the bowl with the bread. Place the tomatoes into the pitcher of your blender as you work. Press the seeds and any pulp through the sieve using a rubber spatula or your hands. Allow the bread to soak in the tomato juice for about 20 to 30 minutes.

In two or more batches, process the tomatoes, the bread and the rest of the ingredients in the blender on its highest speed until smooth. Pour each batch into a large serving bowl. Once done, use a whisk to bring it all together. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.

Serve in chilled bowls and garnish with your favorites!

Serves 4

Adapted from Gazpacho Andaluz | Saveur

Notes

  • Use your favorite crusty baguette. I love using a sourdough. Its tartness just complements this perfectly.
  • Traditionally, the crust is removed from the bread before soaking. I like to use the crust. I think it adds body and flavor.
  • Serve this as a light dinner or serve it as an appetizer in shot glasses with some colorful garnishes!
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  • Berry Salsa

    Blueberry Strawberry Salsa by Taste Love and Nourish

    Last summer, we celebrated the Fourth of July at our home with friends and family. I wanted something different, something fresh. This happened. I just love the balance of sweet, tangy, savory and spicy all in one. Let’s talk about how colorful this is! Perfect for summer parties! I wasn’t sure how a salsa like this would go over with everyone. All I’m going to tell you is…I should have made more. Much more.

    Berry Salsa by Taste Love and Nourish

    Berry Salsa

    1 pint fresh blueberries, divided
    1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and diced
    1/2 medium red onion, finely diced
    1 large jalapeño, finely diced
    1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
    juice of one medium lime
    zest of one medium lime
    1 teaspoon honey (or agave for vegan)
    2 pinches or so coarse sea salt

    Place about half of the blueberries in a small bowl. Using a potato masher, mash them up a bit. Add the remaining ingredients. Toss well and refrigerate. Use within a few hours. Serve with tortilla chips.

    Blueberry Strawberry Salsa by Taste Love and Nourish
      Notes:

    • I do not remove the seeds or ribs from the jalapeño because I love spicy food. If you’d rather keep things less spicy, remove them both and dice finely.