Glorious Green Gazpacho with Brandywine Garnish

By • June 24, 2011 • 8 Comments



Author Notes: I created this recipe to showcase the distinctive flavors of two of my favorite heirloom tomatoes: bright, tangy Tasty Evergreens and deep, rich Brandywines. I also added a few yellow cherry tomatoes in the soup for a little bit of added sweetness and a splash of balsamic vinegar and a few purple cherry tomatoes in the garnish for added depth of color and flavor. The color contrast is stunning and the contrasting textures of the crunchy garnish with the smooth soup is refreshing on a warm summer night when tomatoes are at their peak. Prepare the components a bit ahead of time, so that the flavors can meld. I like to serve this at room temperature to experience the flavors most fully, but you could also serve it chilled.Fairmount_market

Serves 2

For the gazpacho

  • 2 large Tasty Evergreen heirloom tomatoes
  • 8 yellow cherry tomatoes
  • 8 basil leaves
  • salt to taste

for the garnish

  • 1 Brandywine tomato
  • 4 purple cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 small cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon good balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  1. Prepare the soup. Rinse and roughly chop the tomatoes. Combine them with the basil leaves in a blender and puree until very smooth. Salt to taste.
  2. Prepare the garnish. Peel the cucumber and cut into a small dice. Chop the tomatoes into a small dice. Stir together with the vinegar and olive oil, salt and pepper. Adjust seasonings.
  3. Plate the soup in shallow soup bowls. Place a mound of garnish (two heaping soup spoons worth) in the center of the bowl. Then carefully pour the green gazpacho around the garnish and serve at once.

Tags: raw, refreshing, Summer, Vegetarian

Comments (8) Questions (0)

Default-small
Default-small
Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

I will look for the evergreens...can't wait to try this.

Kg_in_evanston_cropped

about 3 years ago Fairmount_market

Other green varieties would would work well too, such as Green Zebras. You want something slightly tart and bright and vegetal to contrast with the deep rich flavor of the brandywines.

Me

about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Gorgeous! I love brandywine tomatoes too. I'm making this as soon as I see them show up in our markets.

Kg_in_evanston_cropped

about 3 years ago Fairmount_market

Let me know how you like it. I bet you'll get brandywines in CA long before we do in OR.

3-bizcard

about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

So beautiful, and I know it has to be absolutely delicious.

Kg_in_evanston_cropped

about 3 years ago Fairmount_market

Thanks sdebrango. It relies completely on having the best possible tomatoes.

Img_1958

about 3 years ago gingerroot

What a gorgeous gazpacho! Yum.

Kg_in_evanston_cropped

about 3 years ago Fairmount_market

Thanks gingerroot. I can't wait for August when these tomatoes will be available again.