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Gazpacho: Chilled Summer Vegetable Soup

This chilled, vegetable soup is the perfect way to use fresh summer vegetables. No cooking required! Serve it as a first course with tortilla chips or crusty garlic bread or as a main dish with a grilled cheese or a BLT.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 15 mins
Servings 2 quarts

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups tomato juice see note
  • 4 cups diced fresh tomatoes see note
  • 2 cups peeled and diced cucumber
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1 diced red pepper
  • 1 diced jalapeño see note
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 limes zested and juiced
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano crushed
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Fresh cilantro
  • plain greek yogurt

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine tomato juice and diced tomatoes.
  • Pulse the cucumbers, red onion, red pepper, jalapeño and garlic, individually (see note) in a food processor until finely chopped. Add to tomato mixture.
  • Add olive oil, zest of one lime, lime juice, white balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce, cumin and oregano. Stir.
  • Refrigerate for at least 6-8 hours or overnight.
  • Stir again and taste. Add salt (1/2 teaspoon at a time) and pepper (1/4 teaspoon at a time) to taste.
  • Serve with fresh cilantro and a dollop of plain greek yogurt.

Notes

If you are lucky enough to have an abundance of fresh tomatoes, use them for the "juice", as well as the "fresh", in this recipe. To make 4 cups of "juice", you will need 6-7 cups of peeled and cut fresh tomatoes. Use a hot-water-bath method to peel the tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes into pieces and place in a stock pot with one teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes. The "liquid" will rise to the top and the "solids" will sink to the bottom when the tomatoes are thoroughly cooked. Remove from heat and use an immersion blender to puree. A blender will also work but cool the tomatoes first and work in smaller batches. Cool completely and chill before adding other ingredients.
Dice the fresh tomatoes as small as possible. Tomatoes can also be pulsed in a food processor.
Remove the seeds and membranes from the jalapeño for less heat.
If you put all of the vegetables into the food processor at the same time, the vibrant colors will blend into a very dull and unappetizing shade of brown.
Keyword cucumber, healthy, jalapeno, lime, peppers, simple, soup, tomatoes