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Healthy Recipe: Gazpacho

Gazpacho

Gazpacho is one of those dishes that you either love or you haven’t tried yet. Made from a rich tomato base, you serve the soup cold with a few chopped vegetables sprinkled on top. It tastes just as refreshing on a crisp and hot summer day as it tastes in the middle of spring. While you can find recipes that use cucumbers in place of tomatoes and fruity gazpacho soups with a watermelon base, nothing beats the classic and traditional soup. As long as you have access to ripe tomatoes and some fresh vegetables, you’re minutes away from making your own gazpacho.

Ingredients for Gazpacho

1 ½ pounds fresh tomatoes
1 cup cucumber
¼ cup bell pepper
¼ cup white onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Preparing the Veggies

Carefully remove the skin from your tomatoes. You can toss the tomatoes in boiling hot water for 60 seconds and instantly pop the tomatoes in ice water to make peeling easier. The skin will come right off, but the boiling water won’t cook the tomatoes. Slice the tomatoes in half and half again. Remove the seeds, roughly chop the flesh and place the tomatoes in a bowl.

Remove the peel of the cucumber with an ordinary vegetable peeler. Slice the cucumbers in half, and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Chop the cucumbers into small pieces before tossing with the tomatoes. Roughly chop the bell pepper and onion before adding to the bowl.

Making the Gazpacho

Add the remaining ingredients to your bowl of vegetables. Thoroughly mix everything with your hands or a large spoon. Transfer one cup of the mixture to a blender, blend until smooth and pour in a separate bowl. Continue blending the mixture one cup at a time until smooth. You can also use an immersion blender placed directly in the bowl instead of a blender. Serve the finished gazpacho cold with a sprinkling of fresh herbs, a drizzle of olive oil and a small amount of freshly chopped tomatoes on top.

Make It Your Own

The best thing about gazpacho is that you can make it your own. Use a combination of heirloom tomatoes from your garden, add more vegetables and replace the spices with any seasonings that you like. Everyone will line up outside your door for a bowl of homemade gazpacho this summer.

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