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Gazpacho with Garden Ripe Tomatoes

Your garden’s summer tomatoes at their juiciest, blended with cucumber, seasonal fruit, onion, garlic and Spanish seasonings.

In mid to late summer, as your garden tomatoes start to ripen, you’ll find yourself looking for a variety of ways to prepare the juicy ripe fruits of your labour.  After you’ve eaten more sliced tomato or BLTs than you can count, you may want to start experimenting with some recipes that work well with garden ripe tomatoes. 

Gazpacho ingredients

What I like about this no-cook soup, is that you are not cooking away the rich nutrients and flavours of your home-grown tomatoes.  Gazpacho comes to us from Spain but is open to regional or personal variations.  In my version, some seasonal local fruit is included for a hint of sweetness, smoked paprika adds some depth, while the mellow pearl onions and chives don’t overpower the wonderful marriage of the super fresh ingredients.

Slice the tomatoes in half, remove the seeds and goo with your fingers, then strain out the juice.

I like to remove the seeds from the tomatoes since they end up ruining the otherwise velvety smooth texture of the soup.  After slicing the tomatoes in half, you can just scoop out the seeds and their goo, set aside, then strain the juice into the soup. 

Gazpacho with Garden Ripe Tomatoes

Your garden’s summer tomatoes at their juiciest, blended with cucumber, seasonal fruit, onion, garlic and Spanish seasonings.
Prep Time15 mins
Course: lunch
Cuisine: Spanish
Servings: 4
Calories: 86kcal
Author: Kevin Lamoureux

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ripe garden tomatoes trimmed and seeds removed
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers peeled, coarsely chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper coarsely chopped
  • 2 white pearl onions or 1 scallion coarsely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 1 ripe peach or plum peeled and pitted
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp Himalayan pink salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp smoked Spanish paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 2 tbsp chives finely chopped for garnish

Instructions

  • In a medium-sized bowl, crush the garlic into the salt with a pestle.
  • Trim the ends off the tomatoes then slice them in half.
  • Remove the tomato seeds and their gooey coating with your fingers or a spoon, then set the seedy goo aside.
  • Coarsely chop the tomatoes and add to the bowl along with the other ingredients, except the chives.
  • Sieve the tomato seed goo and add the juice to the mixture.
  • Toss the ingredients, cover and marinate at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  • Add the marinated ingredients to a blender and blend for about 30 seconds
  • Chill for 30 minutes or more.
  • Divide the gazpacho into serving bowls and garnish with chives.

Notes

If you’re not a fan of raw garlic, you can leave it out. You can also add some herbs such as basil, cilantro or thyme. Served with toast and old cheese Gazpacho makes a perfect summer lunch to share with company on the patio.

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[…] What’s nice about this no-cook soup, is that you don’t cook away the rich flavours of your home-grown tomatoes.  In this recipe, some seasonal local fruit is included for a hint of sweetness, smoked Spanish paprika adds some depth, while the mellow pearl onions and chives don’t overpower the wonderful marriage of the super fresh ingredients. FULL RECIPE […]

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