Bon Appétit: Refreshing Summer Gazpacho
It’s a dish with a long and storied past, and a classic summertime meal! Great gazpacho starts with fresh, ripe tomatoes and since this preparation is raw, there’s no hiding a sub-standard specimen. Heirloom tomatoes are some of the best available and will help transform this dish from delicious to an absolute show stealer at a summer get together. Try out this recipe from Bon Appétit magazine and let us know what you think!
Ingredients for Summertime Gazpacho
- ½ English hothouse cucumber, peeled, seeded
- ½ large red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded
- 2 pounds very ripe red tomatoes, preferably heirloom, cut into ½-inch wedges, 3 tablespoons seeds reserved
- ½ large shallot, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, finely grated
- 2 tablespoons (or more) sherry or red wine vinegar
- Flaky sea salt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- Quartered cherry tomatoes, chopped chives, and grilled or toasted country-style bread (for serving)
- Cut 2″ of the cucumber into ¼” pieces and set aside for serving; coarsely chop remaining cucumber and place in a large bowl.
- Cut one-quarter of the bell pepper into ¼” pieces and set aside for serving; coarsely chop remaining bell pepper and add to bowl with chopped cucumber.
- Add tomatoes to bowl and toss with shallot, garlic, 2 Tbsp. vinegar, and 1 Tbsp. salt. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature to let flavors meld.
- Transfer tomato mixture along with any accumulated juices to a blender. Add 3 Tbsp. oil and purée on medium speed until smooth; season with salt and vinegar, if desired.
- Strain through a coarse-mesh sieve into a large bowl or pitcher and chill until cool, about 1 hour.
- Divide gazpacho among bowls. Top with cherry tomatoes, chives, reserved cucumber and red pepper pieces, and tomato seeds; drizzle with oil and season with salt. Serve with bread alongside.