We’ve Gotcho Gazpacho

Cold Tomato Soup vs. Gazpacho, which sounds more appetizing to you?  Odd how a similar dish but with a different name can completely change your perception.  Cold tomato soup is something you drink on an airplane when you’re feeling sluggish.  Gazpacho is served in a fancy restaurant that has dark red walls and candles placed in the middle of every table.  Depending on where you eat it, they could essentially be the same dish, though.  Personally, gazpacho has never been a summer favorite.  Every gazpacho I’ve tasted has been too bland or too watery and belonged in the microwave with some pasta.  The key to a good gazpacho is to make it thick, have abundance of flavor, and to make you feel like the healthiest person when finished; this recipe ticks everything off.  Some country cooking combined with a little bit of Sriracha sauce gives this gazpacho the best summer soup around.  We’ve Gotcho Gazpacho!

Have a great weekend!

*Adapted from Food from my Frontier
Yields: 4 servings

1/2 shrimp (optional for garnish)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 red onion
1/2 large cucumber
1/2 zucchini
2 celery stalks
3 roma tomatoes
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbs apple vinegar
1 Tbs sugar
Several dashes of Sriracha sauce
Dash of salt
Dash of black pepper
2 cups (500 ml can) good-quality tomato juice
Avocado slices (optional)
Cilantro Leaves
Crusty Bread

1.  Grill and saute the shrimp and set aside (optional).
2.  Mince the garlic, cut the onion into thin slices, dice up the: cucumber, zucchini, celery, and tomatoes.
3.  Throw ALL the garlic and onion, HALF the vegetables and olive oil in the a food processor or blender.
4.  Pour in apple vinegar, add sugar, Sriracha Sauce, salt,pepper, and HALF of the tomato juice and blend well.
5.  Pour blended mixture into a large bowl and add rest of the vegetables and remaining tomato juice.  Taste the soup and add salt, black pepper and/or Sriracha sauce to make sure the seasoning is right.
6.  Ladle the soup into bowls and top with grilled shrimp, avocado slices, and cilantro leaves.

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