We are back! After a few weeks of summer vacation and a few extra pounds, we are back with lots of ideas for new recipes and new ingredients (some of which I wasn’t sure I would be allowed to transport). During these first weeks I will probably work on low-calorie dishes and some interesting restaurant and equipment reviews. It is also the time to start gathering some seasonal fruit and making it into preserves… we will try a few. For the moment we will start using some of that fruit in a delicious cold soup: Strawberry Gazpacho.
A fresh and fruity recipe, great to serve as an appetizer, in a shot glass between the starter and the main course or as a first course. A variation of the traditional “Gazpacho Andaluz”, with a sweeter and milder flavor than the original recipe, delicious for everyone but ideal for those not willing to enjoy the garlic and pepper in the regular gazpacho.
Keep it cold and it will last for a few days in the refrigerator (shake it or blend it again for a few seconds if you don’t serve it immediately after preparing it).
The garnish will add texture and contrast to this delicious cold soup, one of the stars of the summer.
2 pounds tomatoes
1 1/2 pounds strawberries
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves (and some extra to garnish)
1/3 cup extra virgin low acidity olive oil (choose a fruity variety, like arbequina)
fresh firm cheese (feta/cotija type)
STEP 1.- Wash all the vegetables, peel the cucumber and remove the stems of strawberries and tomatoes.
STEP 2.- Place the tomatoes and strawberries in the food processor and blend to obtain a smooth texture.
STEP 3.-Add the cucumber and herbs and blend.
STEP 4.- Season to taste. With the blender or food processor working, slowly add the olive oil.
STEP 5.- Pour through strainer to remove seeds and skins
STEP 6.- Use a small glass if served as an appetizer or between courses. You can choose a plate or bowl if you are serving it as a starter, garnished with some fresh basil and cubed Greek cheese.
– You can skip the oil if you don’t want to add calories, but it will not only add flavor, it also makes it creamier.
– You can also garnish with small strawberry and cucumber dices.
– You can use watermelon instead of strawberries for the gazpacho.