Ocean Road Gazpacho

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Author Notes: When I was small, my parents bought a little beach house on Fire Island, right across the Great South Bay from my hometown. Somehow, I have never managed to leave. I still spend my summers there and sell my jewelry at the store that I co-manage with my sister and amazing friend Debbie that owns the store.
Lunchtime means an opportunity to run up to the ocean and take a dip before returning to work so nourishment has to be quick and easy. I turned to gazpacho because it's cold (and that is good in the heat), don't have to turn on the stove, it's made in the blender, and I can gussy it up with grilled shrimp, scallops, or crabmeat.
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Serves 4-6

Gazpacho

  • 2 pounds fresh summer tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped (I don't bother to peel it)
  • 2 seedless cucumbers, chopped (I don't bother to peel these either)
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped (seed it if you want)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh horseradish
  • 1/4 cup champagne/white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt (more or less to your taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • handful fresh cilantro/parsley/basil
  • 1/3 cup fruity olive oil
  • 2 slices bread, toasted and chopped
  1. Combine all ingredients except for the oil in the blender or food processor in batches if your blender/food processor is not big enough to fit all at once. Pulse until almost smooth, a few chunks are OK. Stream in the oil and toasted bread at the end.

Garnish

  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 zucchini or cucumber, chopped
  1. Sprinkle on top of gazpacho and serve.
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Tags: serves a crowd, Summer

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over 3 years ago wssmom

How did I miss this?? So looking forward to summer tomatoes for this lovely soup ...

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over 3 years ago susan g

It's a relief to see gazpacho without canned tomato juice. Saving this for tomato season!

Stringio

over 3 years ago testkitchenette

Thanks, susan g! I sometimes use tomato juice to make vegetable or shellfish stock, but not for my gazpacho!

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over 3 years ago TiggyBee

I just love this!!

Stringio

over 3 years ago testkitchenette

Thank you, TiggyBee!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

I can't wait for summer weather to enjoy this recipe!

Stringio

over 3 years ago testkitchenette

Thank you, Sagegreen...it's been a long winter!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Oh my testkitchenette, we are really on the same wavelength for this contest! First of all, this sounds really delicious. I posted a heirloom tomato sorbet/sorbet bloody mary last summer and thought I'd revisit that idea for this contest. I'm chilling my version of a horseradish gazpacho as I'm typing. Even though I read through the entries yesterday, I did not register gazpacho as I looked at the recipe names. I'll post my version tonight!

Stringio

over 3 years ago testkitchenette

I will be looking for your gazpacho!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

My gazpacho took a seedless turn and became chilled soup with a dollop of horseradish-dill crème fraiche. I posted it last night...it is reminiscent of gazpacho but not enough to carry the name. I'm saving your recipe and look forward to trying it! I love the zucchini in there.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I love gazpacho, and I love your version. And my friend Rob's band plays on Saturday nights on Fire Island right near where the Bay Shore ferry docks--are you near there?

Stringio

over 3 years ago testkitchenette

I am in Ocean Beach...where does your friend's band play? On the dock or in a bar? Thank you for your compliment, I love your recipes also!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

He plays on the dock in Ocean Beach! I'll let you know when, and maybe we can meet up this summer!

Stringio

over 3 years ago testkitchenette

I would love to meet up in Fire Island this summer, keep me tuned!

Me

over 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I love how this sounds - kind of like a soup version of Virgin Bloody Mary. Yum!

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over 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Perfect analogy!

Stringio

over 3 years ago testkitchenette

Perfect analogy, can't believe I didn't think of that!

Stringio

over 3 years ago testkitchenette

Thank you, ChezSuzanne! All it needs is a good vodka shot chaser!

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over 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Now you're talking!

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over 3 years ago inpatskitchen

I can see this on our menu this summer...yum!

Stringio

over 3 years ago testkitchenette

Thank you, Pat!