Gazpacho is a chilled tomato soup filled with other vegetables such as peppers, onions, cucumbers and green peppers. Serve it as a side dish alongside a sandwich for cool, summertime meal.
1 English cucumber, seeded and diced
4 large tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 sweet onion (such as Vidalia), finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lime juice
3 cups spicy mixed-vegetable juice (such as V8)
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup chopped basil
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
How to Make It
Mix cucumber, tomatoes, bell peppers, onion, garlic, vinegar, lime juice, vegetable juice, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Transfer half of mixture to a food processor or blender, process until smooth and return to bowl. Stir well.
Stir in basil and parsley; chill for at least 2 hours to let flavors develop. Season with additional salt, if desired.
This took over an hour, even using a food processor for what I could. Perhaps I'm just a slow cutter. Either way, my MIL couldn't stop raving about it. Someone else at the BBQ said it was the best healthiest thing they'd had in ages. I had never had nor made gazpacho before, and loved the textures and flavors. It also makes a great topping for other dishes or even a good salsa IF you have any leftover. It did make a large punch bowl full. Great for summer.