Garden State Gazpacho

Garden State Gazpacho

Serves 8
Prep time 45 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Lunch, Soup, Starter
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
This is a cold no cook summer soup packed with fresh vegetables and a touch of sweet fruit and honey. Garden State Gazpacho celebrates the farm fresh offerings from New Jersey blended together with a Spanish touch.

Ingredients

  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled )
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (leaves cut into thirds)
  • 1 medium white or red onion (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 bell peppers (green or red) (seeded and chopped)
  • 4 large vine ripened tomatoes (cored and chopped)
  • 2 large peaches (peeled, depitted and chopped)
  • 1 large cucumber (peeled, deseeded and chopped)
  • 2 juices limes
  • 2 cups cold filtered or bottled water
  • 3/4 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Note

A real key to make this soup go from "this is good" to "OMG" is in the quality of the vegetables and fruit used. The tomatoes must be  freshly picked or vine ripened. The peaches should be ripe and sweet. This is a child friendly soup (attested by my four kids!)  The subtle sweetness from the honey and peaches adds a nice blend to the vegetables and lime juice. You can adjust seasonings as you like and experiment by adding a pinch of cayenne pepper, splash of Tabasco or freshly ground pepper if you want some extra fire.

You can top this soup with either sprinkles of Parmesan cheese, croutons or fresh herbs.

Directions

Step 1
In a very large mixing bowl add the peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and peaches.
Step 2
Sprinkle the vegetable and fruit mixture with the sea salt and mix well.
Step 3
Let mixture marinate in salt for 30 minutes, remixing from time to time.
Step 4
Now set up your food processor to finish the soup.
Step 5
Mince the garlic, basil and onions together in the food processor. You may need to add a small amount of olive oil to help blend.
Step 6
When vegetable-fruit mix is ready add it in bunches to food processor to blend together. Depending on the size of your food processor, you may need to do this in 2 batches, emptying blended vegetables into a second bowl. Do not over process. The consistency should be thin but not uniform.
Step 7
Put all the food processed mixture back into the large bowl.
Step 8
Add the rest of the water, olive oil and honey to large bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon.
Step 9
Adjust for seasonings, adding more sea salt or honey if you want a saltier or sweeter taste. Do not over season.
Step 10
Put soup in large serving pitcher into the refrigerator for at least two hours. Serve gazpacho in clear glasses or soup bowls. Garnish with croutons, Parmesan cheese or fresh herbs.

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