gazpacho

Summer Gazpacho

Fresh tomato flavor shines through thanks to a simple preparation trick

This chilled soup is a classic hot-weather meal, but some versions can fall flat. Freezing the vegetables first enhances their flavor, says Mikaela Reuben, a nutrition consultant and chef based in Vancouver, Canada. A splash of sherry vinegar adds an extra note of brightness.

Serves 6 

Ingredients

  • 10 on-the-vine tomatoes, cut into quarters and de-seeded
  • 2 cloves of garlic, pressed
  • 1 medium jalapeño, chopped very finely
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and de-seeded, cut into medium-sized pieces
  • 1 large red pepper, stem and seeds removed, roughly chopped
  • ¼ medium red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1½ teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Chives, finely diced

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, toss the tomatoes, garlic, jalapeño, cucumber, pepper, and onion with sea salt. Let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Put a colander in a deep bowl. Pour vegetables into the colander. Set aside the liquid in the bowl.
  3. Spread the vegetables on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes, or until partially frozen. Remove and let them thaw completely.
  4. In a high-speed blender, combine thawed vegetables, the reserved liquid, vinegar, olive oil, and black pepper. Blend on medium-high for up to five minutes, or until smooth. Stop to stir often.
  5. Pour the chilled soup through a colander into a large bowl. Use a spatula to remove any tough tomato or red pepper skin.

To Serve:

    Photography and styling by Jenny Huang