Make a Healthy Gazpacho

Make a healthy Gazpacho. Small, healthy changes repeated over and over again are what will change our bodies in time for summer weather.

There is no better warm weather soup than gazpacho because of its light taste and refreshing, cool temperature. Plus the tomato-based, veggie filled soup it is a perfect addition to your healthy summer meal plan.

So Tip #35 in our Summer Shape Up is to add this light soup to your menu repertoire. My favorite gazpacho is from Kruse & Muer, a Detroit based restaurant. Whenever I go back home to visit my family in the summer months I always plan a girl’s lunch at their downtown Rochester location so I can have a big bowl (sans croutons and sour cream). I actually came upon their recipe and wanted to share it with you (this is adapted from Epicurious.com). It is easy to shop for since you can get the majority of your ingredients from your local farmers market.

Serving your gazpacho in tiny glasses makes for a tasty, low cal appetizer.

Serving your gazpacho in tiny glasses makes for a tasty, low cal appetizer.

The key is to get really good tomatoes! If you can’t find in-season tomatoes, look for smaller, sweeter tomatoes like Campari. I also try to eat gluten free when possible, so I substitute Udi’s Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread for the dense bread the recipe calls for.

Ingredients

  • 3 bell peppers, diced. I’m not a fan of green peppers so I use red, yellow and orange.
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 Vidalia or other sweet onion, diced (tip: the flatter the onion, the sweeter it is!
  • 3 Cucumbers peeled and diced. If you get the English hothouse cucumbers you don’t need to peel.
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 slice of dried-out whole-grain or other dense, light-colored bread (I use Udi’s Gluten Free)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • juice of 1 or 2 lemons
  • 1 tsp. dried red pepper flakes
  • sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • plain Greek yogurt
  • chopped fresh herbs (basil, oregano, cilantro

In a large bowl, combine all of the chopped vegetables.

Tear the bread into smaller pieces and put into a blender. Add 1 cup of the vegetables on top of the bread and blend.

Add 2 more cups of fresh vegetables into the blender, and then add the vinegar, olive oil, red pepper, lemon juice, and some salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.

Add the blended mixture back into the fresh vegetables and stir together. Refrigerate until the mixture has had time to marinade.

Test mixture and adjust salt, pepper, oil, vinegar, and lemon juice, to taste.

Serve chilled and topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt (I prefer it without the yogurt but it makes for nice presentation).

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