This super fresh, easy to assemble gazpacho is so delicious and absolutely brimming with all the best late summer fruit and veg. This recipe is pretty forgiving, so if you don’t have quite enough of something, or an abundance of an ingredient, feel free to play around!
There are two things to keep in mind when making blended soups.
- You need some sort of fat so that the waters from the fruit and veg emulsify with the fat and result in a creamy, delicious texture -- rather than something more slushy like.
- Create texture with garnishes! This is kind of a life philosophy of mine - but especially important when it comes to blended soups. When serving, put out an array of little bowls with some of your favorite garnishes in them. This is fun for kids (and adults!) who want to personalize their dish. PLUS you're going to be staring down at a rainbow of delectable goodness - that's a always a plus!
This has all sorts of summer superfood goodness...one I want to spotlight is the all mighty T O M A T O! Tomatoes contain all four major carotenoids: alpha- and beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene. They are especially high in lycopene, one of the more potent antioxidants of the bunch. Speaking of antioxidants, they contain all threeof the big boys: beta-carotene (which has vitamin A activity in the body), vitamin E, and vitamin C. Note that when tomatoes are eaten along with healthier fats, like avocado or olive oil, the body more readily absorbs this nutrition - two to 15 times more easily, according to a study from Ohio State University. (Another reason to get some good fat in there!)
To the recipe!
1/2 watermelon, chunked (approx 6 cups)
1 bell pepper, diced
3 ripe tomatoes, diced (heirloom are delicious—but whatever tomatoes you have kicking around would be great too. If using cherry tomatoes, aim for 2 1/2 cups)
1 large cucumber, chunked
2 shallots or 1/2 red onion
1/2 bunch cilantro
1/2 bunch fresh mint
1 hot pepper, (I like jalapeño)
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 tsp cumin
sea salt and black pepper to taste
Place all ingredients into a powerful blender or a food processor.
Blend until fairly smooth.
Serve with garnishes of your choosing.
***Keeps for a couple of days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
• chopped cilantro
• corn kernels
• cherry tomatoes, halved
• red onion, diced
• avocado, diced
• chopped scallions
• cucumber, diced