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Tomato Gazpacho - (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
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Tomato Gazpacho

Gazpacho is an absolutely perfect appetizer (or light main course) on a hot summer day. Today, there are many “traditional” recipes out there. My recipe is not traditional...it’s original and adjustable and works with ingredients we already have in our essential pantry. All we need are some fresh tomatoes and a cucumber from your garden or farmer’s market. It’s more of an idea of a recipe for you to make your own.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: portuguese, spanish
Keyword: tomato gazpacho
Servings: 4 appetizers (plus 2 Bloody Marys)
Calories: 370kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, deseeded, and chopped
  • 1 shallot, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 3 slices stale baguette
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt (more to taste)

Instructions

  • Add tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, and shallot to a bowl.
  • Soak bread in vinegar, break in pieces, and add to bowl (if not using bread, simply add 1 tablespoon rice vinegar).
  • Add cumin and salt.
  • Mix all ingredients together and add to food processor (in batches if necessary). Blend for 1 minute.
  • Strain, put back in food processor, and slowly add olive oil to emulsify. Taste and add more salt as needed.
  • Chill and serve.

Notes

Tip: If you have way more tomatoes and cucumbers from your garden than you can eat as gazpacho or drink as a Bloody Mary, follow the recipe all the way through to the end, except DO NOT ADD the olive oil. Freeze the purée in batches. Whenever you’re ready, let it thaw in the fridge, then put it back in the food processor and slowly add olive oil before serving. 
 
One more tip: Only you, who actually read this article, will know this secret ingredient that’s not listed in the recipe. Add an anchovy or a tablespoon of tomato paste to the bowl before blending...this deepens the flavor and adds umami. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 29g | Sodium: 1326mg | Potassium: 759mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2881IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 62mg