Thursday, June 9, 2016

Tangy Gazpacho Soup from Linda Wiken #recipe, @LWiken

Last time I posted a soup recipe, it was a chilly winter's day. And that wasn't so long ago! These days we're into early summer temperatures and what better way to start a dinner or enjoy a refreshing lunch, than with homemade gazpacho. I love it because it usually has a bite, as with this recipe. I started with one I've been using for decades, from Anne Lindsay's New Light Cooking. And then I added some twists and turns of my own because of that extra bite I mentioned.

I realized when it was too late -- guests arriving shortly -- that I'd forgotten to get some croutons. So, since I like potato chips when it's really hot, I crumbled a handful and used that for garnish. It's always nice to have a bit of crunch in a soup.

End result -- tangy, tasty, and refreshing.


4 large tomatoes, quartered
2 clove garlic
half an onion, quartered
 1/4 c. chopped cilantro

1 sweet red pepper, seeded and quartered
1 cucumber, peeled, quartered and seeded
1 tomatillo, halved

1/4 balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 can tomato paste
1/2 tsp each salt, freshly ground pepper, and pinch of chili flakes

In a food processor, add garlic and onion; then add red pepper, tomatoes, tomatillo, and cucumber and process until finally chopped. Pour into a large bowl.

Add tomato paste, cilantro, vinegar, oil, pepper, salt, and chili flakes. If it's too thick, add water to get whatever consistency you like.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. (Note: can be refrigerated for up to 2 days)


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  1. Gazpacho-Liquid garden in a bowl. Yum!

    1. Good description, Libby. All you need on a hot day! Thanks for commenting.

  2. Now I want a bowl, and it's barely breakfast time out here! Tortilla chips make a great garnish -- or side dish, too!

    1. Tortilla chips would be delicious, I agree. Next time, Leslie.

  3. I love gazpacho, and your recipe is wonderful. I cannot wait to try it!

    1. Thanks, Celia. I hope you enjoy it!