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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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  • Watermelon Jicama Salad with Queso Fresco and Honey-Lime Vinaigrette

    Watermelon Jicama Salad with Queso Fresco and Honey-Lime Vinaigrette | www.tasteloveandnourish.com

    Watermelon, so sweet and juicy, is one of my favorite parts of summer. We usually just cut them up and eat them as is, but while trying to come up with a cooling and refreshing salad idea, I knew I needed to pair it with…well, this attractive guy…

    Jicama | Watermelon and Jicama Salad with Queso Fresco and Honey-Lime Vinaigrette

    If you’ve never tried jicama, you need to pick one up! Jicama is a root, native to Mexico, with a slightly sweet flavor, sometimes compared to a cross between pear and potato. It’s crisp and refreshing. While not a nutritional powerhouse, it is a great source of fiber, Vitamin C and potassium. Jicama is best eaten raw. Be sure to peel it with a sharp peeler, then slice into thin slices.

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    Watermelon Jicama Salad with Queso Fresco
    and Honey-Lime Vinaigrette

    4 cups watermelon, cubed
    1 cup jicama, sliced thinly
    1/2 cup queso fresco, crumbled
    1/4 cup pepitas
    coarse sea salt
    basil leaves (optional)

    Honey-Lime Vinaigrette

    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    1 tablespoon honey
    1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    sea salt
    black pepper

    Whisk the vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl to combine and set aside.

    Arrange the watermelon and jicama on two dinner plates. Sprinkle each with the queso fresco and pepitas. Divide the dressing between both salads. Sprinkle just a pinch of coarse sea salt over each.

    Serves 2

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    Some other delicious recipes using jicama…

    Red Cabbage Salad with Jicama and Peppers from The First Year
    Blueberry Strawberry & Jicama Salsa from Two Peas and Their Pod
    Jicama Mango and Carrot Salad from Aggie’s Kitchen
    Fiesta Chicken Tacos with Mango and Jicama Salad from Taste and Tell