I was inspired to combine fruit soup and gazpacho into one tantalizing soup using sweet, plump grapes. This has a sweet-tart flavor that is so right for summer. Because the ingredients are raw, use the best quality you can find, and preferably organic. The same goes for the vinegars and olive oil. —MizChef
seedless red grapes
medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
small tomato, seeded and coarsely chopped
medium shallots, halved
garlic clove, coarsely chopped
red wine vinegar
extra-virgin olive oil
Fluff of a 1-inch piece of Italian bread or baguette
Garnish: thinly sliced cucumber, small diced tomato (optional)
In a blender or food processor, puree the grapes, cucumber, tomato, shallots, garlic, and vinegars until smooth.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer (or pass through a food mill) into a bowl. Press the mixture in the strainer until all liquid is released. Return the liquid in the bowl to the blender or processor. Add the olive oil, bread, and parsley. Process again until parsley is finely chopped and ingredients are well blended. Season with salt and pepper.
Divide soup into 2 bowls and garnish with cucumber slices and tomatoes. Serve at room temperature or cold.