Monday, August 26, 2013

Recipe: Quick and Easy Gazpacho (Chilled Tomato Vegetable Soup)

Simple and refreshing no cook gazapcho (chilled tomato and vegetable soup) - FarmgirlFare.com
Beat the heat with this simple, refreshing gazpacho, a healthy no-cook summer recipe that's packed with tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, onion, and garlic (recipe here).

That crazy wonderful cool spell is history, the wet weather creek has dried up, and I'm back to watering the kitchen garden every day. (It was such a treat to have three weeks off from watering!). Our regularly scheduled hot and humid August has returned, and with it a craving for my favorite quick and easy gazpacho. Thank goodness the tomato plants in the garden have finally started putting out.

Packed with nutrients and full of flavor, this low fat chilled vegetable soup is the perfect thing to keep in the fridge for those sweat-drenched, sweltering summer days when nobody feels much like eating, let alone cooking. It'll fill you up without weighing you down and is a delicious way to cool off.

There's no need to blanch, peel, seed, or force anything through a sieve, and all of the vegetable goodness ends up right in your bowl. If you've never had gazpacho—which some people refer to as liquid salad—I urge you to give it a try, even if, like me, you're not usually a fan of cold soups.

There are about three million ways to make gazpacho, and people put all sorts of things into it (gelatin, shrimp, or raw eggs, anyone?), but when I made my first batch five years ago, I decided to take the straightforward route with both ingredients and technique.

My smooth and simple version is basically a thick raw juice, which can be sipped rather than slurped—and easily made thinner—if desired. A celery stick and splash of vodka are optional. I love it with a dollop of plain yogurt. Make it a day ahead if you can, as the flavor increases dramatically after sitting overnight in the fridge. Enjoy!


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3 comments:

  1. Gazpacho sounds terrific (I'm a great fan of tomatoes) and since I'm growing my own, I'm definitely going to give it a try! Although, being there are only two of us and only the cherry tomatoes going great guns, I'll likely be adjusting the quantity :)

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  2. LOVE gazpacho! I started making my own last year after a disappointing bowl at a local restaurant, I think they just used their salsa! LOL!!
    We are so ready for some cooler weather too. (sigh)

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  3. Mmmmmmmmmm...I forgot about gazpacho for a while there and now I want it NOW.

    Those tomato plants better watch their friggen backs.

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