Springtime Gazpacho - Dreamstime

Ah! Spring is in the Air!

How do I know?

Well, first is hay fever (why am I allergic to so many pretty things?)

But the second is that tomatoes are making a come back in my local farmers market.

Oh, I know they're still hot house tomatoes. But it means that vine ripened ones are just around the corner.

I love tomatoes.

They are so nutritious - and delicious in so many different ways.

My favorite way to enjoy them is in a bowl of scratch made gazpacho.

The recipe I like to use is a little more complicated because it uses fresh tomatoes instead of tomato juice, but I think that makes it so much better - and better for you - so I wanted to share it with you.

Hope that it's in time for the reappearance of your tomatoes!

Gazpacho Andaluz

6 medium tomatoes - cored

1 small cucumber - peeled and seeded

1 medium green pepper - cored and seeded

1 small red onion

2 medium cloves of garlic

1 small hot chili - stemmed and seeded

kosher salt

1 slice whole wheat bread, crust removed, cubed into 1" pieces

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

Roughly chop 4 tomatoes, 1/2 cucumber, 1/2 green pepper, 1/2 red onion, garlic, hot chili. Toss with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt - set aside for 1 hour.

Finely chop remaining tomatoes, green pepper, red onion and cucumber. Toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt - place in sieve set over bowl for 1 hour.

Transfer diced vegetables to a bowl and set aside. Toss bread cubes in liquid remaining in bowl and add to roughly chopped vegetables. Processing 1/2 at a time, blend vegetable mixture in a food processor - adding 1/8 cup of olive oil - until smooth. Strain through a sieve using a spoon to press all liquid out. Repeat with remaining vegetables. Add sherry vinegar and reserved diced vegetables. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Enjoy!

Photo credits: , Karen Foley.

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April 17, 2012

Giannit

Great images....

April 16, 2012

Egomezta

I love Gazpacho, thanks for this info.

April 16, 2012

Lejoch

Thanks for the recipe , I will try. It seems to be easy!

April 16, 2012

Laurasinelle

Thanks for the recepe! I love gazpacho, so... im going to doit!

April 15, 2012

Mariaam

Thanks for the recipe!!! :) I will try it out ...

April 15, 2012

FabioConcetta

Beautiful images and thank you for the recipe ^_^

April 14, 2012

Hanbaoluan

Attractive western food, it's wonderful!

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