Make a healthy Gazpacho. 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 is a perfect addition to your healthy summer dinners.
My favorite gazpacho is from Kruse & Muer, a Detroit based restaurant, and I want to share their delicious recipe with you.
This recipe is adapted from Epicurious.com. It is easy to shop for this soup since you can get the majority of your ingredients from your local farmers market or garden, and if you are Vitamix obsessed (like me!) it can be added to your blender-bender meal rotation.
The key is to get really good tomatoes! If you can’t find in-season tomatoes, look for smaller, sweeter tomatoes like Campari. I eat gluten free, so I substitute Udi’s Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread for the dense bread the recipe calls for.
- 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 and set aside.
Tear the bread into smaller pieces and put into a blender. Add 1 cup of the chopped vegetable mixture 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).
I’m heading back to Michigan next month and will be sure to have a bowl at Kruse and Muer. I’m also traveling with my 5-year-old and 21-month-old boys by myself on the plane, so no doubt I’m going to have a post on the traveling experience. If you need tips on traveling with one toddler read here. Wishing you good health and happiness this week. xx CC
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