Nourish – Fresh Gazpacho

 

Were you just thinking to yourself…..What’s for lunch?  This gazpacho, a delicious, fresh, cold soup, is easy to make and super healthy!  I recently visited my parent’s house in Winston-Salem, NC, and I was greeted, not only by my wonderful folks, but the bounteous last harvest of tomatoes in their garden.  As summer comes to a close, our tomato plants often give us way more fruit than we can eat on our own, so we end up giving away a ton of it.  While sharing the wealth is always fun, this soup is a great way to use a lot of tomatoes all at once.  Here is the recipe…

Mom and Dad's Garden Still Thriving in the Late August Heat
Mom and Dad’s Garden Still Thriving in the Late August Heat
  • 3 cups of roasted tomatoes (roasting instructions below)
  • 4 Tbsp. parsley
  • 4 Tbsp. chopped green onion
  • 4 Tbsp. cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch of paprika
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 2 cups of mixed bell pepper
  • 1/2 an English cucumber
Roasted Tomatoes, Caramelized to Perfection!
Roasted Tomatoes, Caramelized to Perfection!

First of all, you’ll have to roast the tomatoes.  You will do this by preheating the oven to 450 degrees F.  Then, arrange the tomatoes on a sheet pan, cut sides up, in a single layer.  Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.  Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until the tomatoes are concentrated and beginning to caramelize.  They come out looking beautiful and packing a huge amount of flavor.  I let mine sit overnight in the fridge to let the flavors set in as they cooled.

Then, all you have to do is throw all of the ingredients listed above into a food processor and pulse until the vegetables are still a little chunky.  If you prefer a puree…just let that food processor do its thing until your desired consistency is met.  Enjoy chilled and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  This recipe should make around four 11 oz. servings.  Let me know what ya’ll think, or if you added anything that made this soup even better.  And, remember, take a little time to nourish your body, your mind, yourself!
 

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