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Cool Summer Gazpacho (VRP 095)

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Dive into the refreshing flavors of summer with a bowl of Cool Summer Gazpacho. This chilled soup is a delightful blend of vegetable juice, beef broth, and fresh vegetables, seasoned with a tangy mix of lemon juice, olive oil, and spices. Perfect for hot summer days, this no-cook recipe is not only easy to prepare but also offers a nutritious and hydrating meal option. Gazpacho, traditionally a Spanish cold soup, has been adapted worldwide to include a variety of ingredients, making it a versatile dish for any summer table.

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Cool Summer Gazpacho

A Short History:

  • Origin: Gazpacho originates from the Andalusian region of Spain, with roots that can be traced back to the Roman Empire.
  • Evolution: Initially a simple mixture of bread, olive oil, water, and garlic, gazpacho has evolved over the centuries, especially after the introduction of tomatoes from the New World.
  • Global Adaptation: Today, gazpacho is enjoyed in numerous variations around the world, each adding a unique twist to the classic recipe.

Timeline:

  • Roman Times: The earliest forms of gazpacho are consumed by Romans.
  • 16th Century: Tomatoes and peppers, newly arrived from the Americas, are incorporated into gazpacho.
  • 20th Century: Gazpacho gains popularity outside Spain as a refreshing summer soup.
  • Present Day: Chefs and home cooks alike experiment with gazpacho recipes, using a wide array of ingredients.

Tips for Making Cool Summer Gazpacho:

  • Quality Ingredients: Use the freshest vegetables available for the best taste and nutritional value.
  • Chilling Time: Allow the gazpacho to chill for at least 6 hours, letting the flavors meld together beautifully.
  • Serving Suggestions: Offer a variety of toppers such as croutons, chopped vegetables, or even a drizzle of quality olive oil for guests to customize their bowl.
  • Blender Tip: For a smoother gazpacho, blend the ingredients longer. For a chunkier texture, pulse briefly or chop the ingredients by hand.

Cool Summer Gazpacho Recipe Card

Cool Summer Gazpacho

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Cool Summer Gazpacho Recipe

Cool Summer Gazpacho is the epitome of summer dining—light, refreshing, and packed with the flavors of fresh vegetables. Whether you’re serving it as a starter for a dinner party or enjoying a bowl for a light lunch, this gazpacho is sure to become a summer favorite. So, pour yourself a chilled glass of this vibrant soup, top it with your favorite garnishes, and savor the taste of summer.

Cool Summer Gazpacho
Yield: 6 - 8 servings

Cool Summer Gazpacho

Ingredients

  • 1 18-ounce can vegetable juice cocktail
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1½ cups chopped green pepper
  • 1 medium tomato, peeled and chopped
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive or cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Assorted toppers: seasoned croutons, chopped green onion, chopped avocado, chopped tomato, and chopped cucumber.

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients except assorted toppers. (Or, in blender container or food processor bowl combine all ingredients except assorted toppers. Process for 5 to 10 seconds.)
  2. Cover and chill 6 hours or more. Serve chilled soup with assorted toppers.

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