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Gazpacho, por favor!

2011 July 10
by Dylan

So, to clear a couple of things up first–the title of this post is a reference to arguably the most famous episode of Seinfeld ever…”The Soup Nazi.” I’ve included the video at the bottom (complete with some Newman action, too!) for those of you who are unfamiliar.

Gazpacho is a Spanish soup that’s served chilled and is made up of raw vegetables. The fact that it’s a cold soup and made up of fresh, [mostly] locally-available vegetables makes it absolutely perfect for summer eating! Oh, and by the way, it’s absurdly easy to make and incredibly healthy. There really is no set recipe for gazpacho–it’s usually tomato-based, but whatever vegetables you put in is totally up to you. As for me, I just kept throwing stuff in until the flavor was up to my standards. Feel free to loosely follow the recipe below!

Gazpacho (adapted from Kath Eats)

  • 4 tomatoes (I used vine-ripened ones from the farmers’ market)
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1/2 large green bell pepper
  • 1T balsamic vinegar
  • 2t Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 jalapeno (remove the seeds if you don’t want it to be spicy)
  • 10 basil leaves (fresh, of course)
  • 1t Kosher salt
  • 2t cumin
  • 1/3C sun-dried tomatoes
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 can (15oz) chickpeas
  • 1/4C parmesan cheese (if you don’t like it, don’t put it in!)
  • 3/4C corn (I used some leftover grilled corn)

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients except the chickpeas in a food processor
  2. Process the ingredients until roughly pureed
  3. Stir in the chickpeas
  4. Allow to chill overnight so all the flavors are soaked in
  5. Serve with a salad and crusty bread. Enjoy!

 

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