As summer heats up, I’m always looking for no-cook ideas. Who wants to heat up a kitchen, when its already 90+ degrees outside! Gazpacho is a fresh, healthy and delicious way to beat the heat. I also love it because there are so many different, and fun, ways to serve it. So what is gazpacho ? Traditionally, gazpacho is a tomato based cold summer soup. Although , there are other fruit based versions, many using watermelon.
This recipe is a pureed gazpacho. I know, I know, some of you like a chunky gazpacho – feel free to hand chop or process the veggies sparingly, if you like. This classic recipe combines cucumber, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red pepper and tomato juice. I also add a little lemon juice, for an extra fresh taste. What a wonderful way to take advantage of the bounty of your garden ( or your local farmers market). I like to make a large batch and freeze it so I have some at the ready.
Here are three ways to serve gazpacho:
2) In a cup – perfect for Outdoor Concerts or picnics – transport the gazpacho in a thermos, no cutlery needed – just sip your soup. I like to garnish the cups with a lemon, just like a drink.
The last two ideas are exactly why I like to puree the gazpacho – no splattering from a big chunk of tomato when you’re sipping the soup. Any way you serve it, it’s delicious and refreshing.