A Home-Grown Gazpacho Lover

12 Apr

A native Floridian, I naturally gravitate toward any meal that is a) healthy, b) fresh, and c) summer approved. Know how you cold-climate people love your heavy soups and stews in the dead of winter? That’s how we feel about cold dishes during the summer. It’s almost therapeutic.

My father has been making this amazing Gazpacho forever. It’s amazing. It’s healthy as shit. It’s inexpensive to make. It can be a side dish or its own vegetarian dinner. It’s fun to make this for picnics, BBQs, potlucks, etc, and convince people that I’m this incredible gourmet. If they only knew how easy it was to make, they’d stop peppering me with compliments, so let’s just keep this secret to ourselves, k?

Ingredients:

  • 2 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped.

(Quick, here’s how to effectively peel a tomato: boil some water. Drop the tomato in for 10 – 15 seconds. Pull it out and drop it in an ice bath. Skin comes right off!)

  • 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, skinned and chopped
  • ½  green pepper, seeded and chopped.
  • 24 oz. tomato juice (V8 will work just fine.)
  • ½ cup EVOO
  • ¾ cup red wine vinegar
  • Tobasco, Salt/Pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Place the veggies in a blender with 2 cups of tomato juice. Puree.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the puree, EVOO, vinegar, Tobasco, and remainder of tomato juice. Stir well.
  3. Chill and serve.
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5 Responses to “A Home-Grown Gazpacho Lover”

  1. I.R. April 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    Seed the cucmber after peeling, before chopping.

    Take your choice on texture: a rough puree the first time around, and then barely a mix after the remaining juice; or two medium purees, first with the veggies and juice, then again after the rest of the juice has gone in (do leave it somewhat chunky at a minimum, won’t you?)

    Thus spake what’s-his-name.

  2. Karen April 13, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    I used to live in Florida and a cool soup was always nice. Now I live in cold country but still enjoy gazpacho when the tomatoes come off my tomato vines perfectly ripe.

    • daisyandviolet April 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

      This is one of the most refreshing summer meals!!

      • Karen April 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

        I totally agree.

        • daisyandviolet April 16, 2012 at 11:17 am #

          I adore Violet’s gazpacho, although the man-friend thinks that it tastes like a bowl of salsa. He’s silly.

          -Daisy

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