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Sunday, July 29, 2012

[Gazpacho] The most refreshing soup with multiple vitamins

Gazpacho is my very favorite summer soup.

This is a perfect appetizer on a super warm summer day as it doesn't require any heat.
The only kitchen tool you need is a food processor or a hand blender.
On top of everything,
it tastes so good.
Gazpacho is a perfect example to show that healthy ingredients can also be so tasty.

Gazpacho is a tomato-based vegetable soup from Andalucia region of Spain. Gazpacho is very popular during the summer months because of it chilled serving temperature and refreshing tastes.
It is really seriosly good. :)

The recipe I use often is slightly deviated from a classic Andalucia style gazpacho which includes stale bread.
Without stale bread, I find it's even more refreshing and pretty much free of any carbohydrate.

I made it for the barbecue a week ago.
All my friends and Mr.D welcomed the refreshing appetizer before grilled souvlaki and sasauge.

Tomatoes in my vegetable garden were ripe and waiting for me to use them :)

Here goes the refreshing gazpacho recipe:
(adapted from Food Network recipe)
1 English or normal cucumber
2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded
4 plum tomatoes
1 red onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups tomato juice such as V8
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

How to make

1. Have cucumber halved and seeded. But, don't peel cucumber. I use melon scoop to get cucumber seeded. It works very well. :) 

Dice the cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and red onions into 1-inch cubes.

 2. Put each vegetable separately into a food processor or a blender fitted with a steel blade and pulse until it is coarsely chopped. Do not overprocess, you want some chunky texture!

3. After each vegetable is processed, combine them in a large bowl.

4. Add the garlic, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

5. Add tomato juice and mix well and chill before serving.

It is true that the longer gazpacho sits, the more the flavors develop.

It's also a good item for a lunch bag in a tight container.
Enjoy :)

No-carb Gazpacho


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