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Tomato Gazpacho Soup, topped with fresh herbs

Easy Tomato Gazpacho Recipe


Description

Easy gazpacho recipe with fresh ripe tomatoes and vegetables, garlic, vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. A pinch of cumin and a garnish of fresh herbs amp up the flavor! Serve it in bowls for lunch or in small glasses as an aperitif.


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Ingredients

  • 5 slices stale artisan bread, crust removed
  • Water
  • 5 large ripe tomatoes (about 2 lb)
  • 1/2 English cucumber, peeled, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, cored, seeded, roughly chopped
  • 2 green onions, trimmed, roughly chopped, more for garnish
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled, roughly chopped
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I used Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil)
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar (or
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp cayenne pepper, optional if you like spicy
  • Pinch sugar
  • Small handful fresh, mint leaves, torn or chopped
  • Small handful fresh cilantro leaves, torn or chopped

Instructions

  1. Place the bread slices in a bowl with 1/2 cup of water. Let it soak while you work on the tomatoes. ring it out completely before using.
  2. Remove tomato tops. Place the tomatoes in a large pot of boiling water for 40 seconds or so. With a slotted spoon, remove the tomatoes from the boiling water and let them cool for about a minute or so. When they are cool enough to handle, gently peel the skins off.
  3. In a large food processor or blender, place the tomatoes with the cucumbers, celery, bell peppers, green onions and garlic. Top with the soaked bread. Pour 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil and the sherry vinegar. Run the processor for a few seconds then add the salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper (optional) and a pinch of sugar; blend.
  4. Test the gazpacho, and if it's too thick, add a little water and blend again until you reach the desired texture.
  5. Transfer to a glass container or large canning jars. Cover tightly and chill in refrigerator.
  6. When ready to serve, give the gazpacho a quick stir then transfer to serving bowls or small glasses. Top with olive oil and a garnish of fresh mint, cilantro and chopped green onions, if you like.

Notes

  • Cook's Tip: Refrigerate gazpacho for a couple of hours or overnight for a more developed flavor.
  • Serving Tip: This recipe will serve 4 or so for lunch or light supper (with your favorite crusty bread and a hearty salad, maybe Balela). To serve as an appetizer or aperitif, you pour gazpacho into small chilled glasses for 8 or more people.
  • Leftovers? Keep leftover gazpacho refrigerated in tight-lid glass containers or glass canning jars. It should keep well for 3 days or so.
  • Recommended for this Recipe: Our Early Harvest extra virgin olive oil (from organically grown and processed Koroneiki olives!)
  • Visit our store to browse our spices, olive oils and bundles!
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Tomato Gazpacho, Easy Gazpacho Recipe, Gazpacho Soup

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