Easy Summer Gazpacho

Description:
Use the juiciest, freshest tomatoes you can find for this easy and refreshing gazpacho recipe. (Feel free to experiment with different colors of Gazpachotomatoes – yellow, red, or heirloom!)  This recipe creates a delicate soup with a bit of fresh vegetable texture and lots of fresh vegetable flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 6 tomatoes (preferably locally-grown), coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • ½ medium green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, cut into quarters
  • ½ jalapeño or other hot green pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Special Equipment:
Food processor

Directions:
For garnish:
Measure out 1 tablespoon each of the green and red bell peppers, the cucumber, and the onion and finely chop. Reserve for garnish.

For gazpacho:
Put the tomatoes, remaining green and red bell pepper pieces, the garlic, the jalapeño (optional), the cucumber, and the onion into a food processor. Process until smooth. Put half of the vegetable mixture into a large bowl and pour the other half through a fine strainer (you may need to do this in batches) into a smaller bowl and reserve the juice. Discard the pulp. Add the juice to the vegetable mixture and mix together. Add salt and pepper to taste. If possible, chill for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to mix together.

To serve, ladle soup in bowls and spoon a little of the vegetable garnish on top.

Tips:
This recipe can be made 1 day in advance. The flavors of the soup will become stronger the longer it is left to chill.

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