Before you know it, summer will be over and winter upon us, so let‚Äôs enjoy this hot weather while we can! A great treat for these scorching days is Gazpacho, a healthy, cold tomato-based soup. There are many varieties of Gazpacho, which originated in Spain. The history of Gazpacho goes back very far, and like many ancient recipes, theories of its beginning vary a bit, from Roman brigades to Christopher Columbus being the brains behind the recipe.
Gazpacho is widely served in the Andalusia region during summer months and there are a variety of ways it is prepared: chunky, creamy, garden style, gazpacho blanco and traditional. No matter which style you choose to make your Gazpacho, it is simple, delicious, full of antioxidants and takes just a few minutes to make!
6 tomatoes, diced
3 cucumbers, diced
2 green onions, chopped (white and green parts)
¬º c fresh parsley
3 slices of bread, crusts removed and torn into small pieces
¬º c extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
¬º c red wine vinegar
Combine all ingredients excluding the bread in a large bowl and mix well.
Pour half of the mixture into a food processor and blend until smooth.
Add puree back to remaining ingredients and stir well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Chill for at least four hours before serving. Garnish with bread.
Next time you take a trip to Seville or Malaga, stop in one of the many traditional restaurants and try their Gazpacho. It is sure to cool you down while satisfying your hunger.