SUMMERTIME AND THE EATING IS LIGHT: Gazpacho, the Perfect Soup for Warm Months by Virginia Haynes Montgomery

Gazpacho, the Perfect Soup for Warm Months

I remember so well the first time I had gazpacho, the delicious tanginess leaving a taste sensation of amazing texture and dimension.  That was on a sunny patio somewhere in the Hamptons, the perfect place for such culinary delights, where summertime is celebrated every day, from May until September.

Since then, I have discovered that there are many different variations of gazpacho, all of which fall into a “light meal” category, a boost for warm months.

Experimenting, I have invented my own version of gazpacho. It’s easy to make with no hot stove to stand over.  And it’s quick. Plan to prepare it a day ahead for all the flavors to blend.

2 cups V8 juice
6 cups of tomatoes, peeled
½ medium cucumber, chunks
½ small green pepper, chunks
1 onion, cut in chunks
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp. cumin
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Table salt to taste (approx. 1 Tbsp)
¼ cup white or red wine vinegar
¼ cup olive oil


Garnish – Chop finely:
½ green pepper
½ medium cucumber
½ red or yellow pepper
½ cup chopped tomatoes
¼ cup scallions
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped shrimp

Drop tomatoes in boiling water for 30 seconds.  Remove and place in cold water.  Skins should come off easily.  Cut tomatoes in chunks.  Combine tomato, cucumber, onion and green pepper chunks.  Puree in blender or food processor until smooth.  Place in large bowl.  Add V8 juice, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper.

Make it a day before so all the flavors blend in this lovely liquid salad that’s perfect as either an appetizer or main course. Serve with individual bowls of the selection of garnishes.

Gazpacho is a palate-pleaser that needs little accompaniment beyond a selection of good grainy breads and cheeses. And, of course, your choice of warm weather beverage. My choice: a lightly chilled Pinot Grigio.

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