Recipe: Icy Gazpacho Soup

What’s better on a hot summer day (of course except for ice cream) than a cool and creamy soup full of flavour? Gazpacho originated in the the southern region of Andalusia in Spain. It is made of raw vegetables and incredibly easy to make – perfect to enjoy al fresco on a hot summer’s day with some fresh raw bread.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

6 plum tomatoes, cored + chopped

1 cucumber, chopped

1 red capsicum, de-seeded + chopped

1 stalk of celery, chopped

2 spring onions or 1/4 small red onion, peeled + chopped

1 – 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed

1/2 lime, juiced

1 TBSP maple syrup or other liquid sweetener

1 TBSP cold pressed olive oil

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

 

1 bunch of basil or parsley

How to make it:

Place the tomatoes, cucumber, capsicum, celery, garlic and onion in a bowl.
Season well with salt + pepper, drizzle with olive oil, lime and maple syrup, and mix together.
Cover and chill to marinade, ideally over night but 30 minutes are a good start as well.

Place the mixture in your blender or food processor, add basil.

Blend until your desired consistency and texture – both rustic-chunky and totally smooth are delicious.

Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.

Fill an ice cube tray with gazpacho and freeze.

Cover and chill the rest of the soup in the fridge until serving.

Stir before serving and check seasoning again – the coldness may have changed the flavours.

Serve bowl with gazpacho ice cubes, a dash of olive oil, some diced veggies and herbs sprinkled on top.

Notes:

C = cup, 240 ml
1/2 C = half a cup, 120 ml or / TBSP
1/4 C = quarter of a cup, 60 ml or 4 TBSP
TBSP = table spoon, 15 ml or 3 tsp
tsp = tea spoon, 5 ml
“soft dates” = medjool are usually best. If necessary, soak briefly and drain. The soaking water is super sweet by the way!

Notes:

C = cup, 240 ml
1/2 C = half a cup, 120 ml or / TBSP
1/4 C = quarter of a cup, 60 ml or 4 TBSP
TBSP = table spoon, 15 ml or 3 tsp
tsp = tea spoon, 5 ml
“soft dates” = medjool are usually best. If necessary, soak briefly and drain. The soaking water is super sweet by the way!

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