I was browsing my favorite blogs yesterday when the BF Groomzilla (yeah he gets the “zilla” in this relationship), looked over my shoulder.
“Ooooo, did you make that?!” he asked, salivating over my MacBook.
“No!” I snapped, offended that he dare lust after someone else’s recipe.
“Sorry, ” he offered. “Your recipes look really good too!”
The picture in question was of an admittedly, delicious-looking basil and cucumber gazpacho from the site, Amuse My Bouche. I too was captivated by it’s cucumber-cool appearance.
Determined to prove to him that I could make a refreshing summer soup that he’d find just as eye-tantalizing, I hit the fridge for inspiration.
I grabbed everything out that I deemed “gazpacho-worthy.”
I’ve made gazpacho in the past and from what I gather, you pretty much just throw a bunch of veggies in the blender with a bit of olive oil and spices, and go to town.
So that’s what I did. With no real rhyme or reason, I blended this bunch of fresh organic produce into one of the easiest, tastiest soups I’ve ever made.
I think I showed GZ that his eyes need not wander any longer.
Simple Green Gazpacho
(Serves 4 – 6)
1 Large English Cucumber
1/2 a Squash
1/2 an Onion
1 Handful of Basil
2 T. Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 T. White Vinegar
1 Clove of Garlic
Salt & Pepper to taste
1. Toss all the ingredients in a high-powered blender and puree till smooth.
2. Chill the soup if necessary.
3. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil, basil for garnish, and a side of whole wheat crackers for dipping.
This recipe is so great because you can really adapt it however you like.
Add veggies or ditch veggies, depending on your palate. Keep in mind that the tomato and cucumber add much-needed liquid to the consistency though, so you couldn’t really leave them out without replacing another liquidly base.
If you have a Vitamix, you only need to roughly chop the veggies. I threw the tomatoes in whole. If you have a less powerful blender though, be sure to cut them in nice little chunks.
This is perfect for summer parties. Pretty, impressive and refreshing — but oh so easy.
In search of some other recipes to cool off with this summer? Why not try… Zucchini Carpaccio