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Gazpacho

Back when I had my food business, I would fill the fridges at night after a long day in the kitchen. I'd come home, blurry eyed, and post the next days' menu. Photos included. People knew to look on Instagram and would head out the door in the wee hours of the morning for their favorite items. This soup was sold out at every fridge before noon. It's soup crack for even those who don't like cold soup. Plus, it's so dang delicious, you'll be so happy you don't need to wait for it to cool down. The trick to the non-dairy creaminess is to blend at high speed for a while, while emulsifying with olive oil (meaning you pour olive oil through the top of the blender while the soup is blending). The soup should be thick and creamy. If it's still a little grainy, blend more. For those of you clamoring for this recipe since we closed, thank YOU! The thought of you joyfully whipping this up in your own home is food for my soul! 

 

Ingredients

  • English Cucumber – ½ item, seeded, diced (set aside)

  • English Cucumber – ½ item, peeled, seeded

  • Red Bell Pepper – ½ item, chopped

  • Tomatoes – 2 lb, chopped - save 3 T for topping, yes 2 whole pounds!

  • Garlic – 1 clove

  • Red Wine Vinegar – 2-3 T

  • Shallot – ½ medium item, chopped

  • Kosher Salt – 1 tsp

  • Olive Oil – 4 T

 

Set diced cucumber and olive oil aside. Mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl and let sit for 15 minutes at room temp. Blend well in batches if needed, approx. 2 minutes per batch. Reduce to slow speed and add 2 T olive oil through top of blender. Return to high speed for 1-2 minute or until soup is creamy. Add to another large bowl or container. Repeat if needed. Whisk all batches together and season with salt. Top serving with a dollop of olive oil, 1 T diced cucumber & 1 T chopped tomato, salt and pepper, herbs, shallot, etc.

 

Makes: approx. 32 oz or four 1 cup servings

 

 

HEARTFUL RECIPE - One of our real food recipes that focuses on veggies, protein, healthy fats and/or healthy carbs and doesn't include gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, corn or peanuts.