Chill out. Strawberries might sound like an unconventional addition to the classic red tomato gazpacho, but they’re nothing to lose your cool over.
Given a surplus of the highly perishable rubies and an oppressive heatwave to contend with, my tastes quickly skewed toward the fast, easy, and refreshing side. Gazpacho must always be on hand for days like this; it was a natural, perhaps inevitable combination.
Balancing sweetness with savory undertones, the subtle bite of vinegar, and fresh verdant pop of basil, it’s a delicious study in contrasts. Don’t let the fruity feature scare you off! It’s not a vegetable-forward smoothie, but you may still want to drink it straight from the blender.
- 4 Cups Hulled and Diced Strawberries
- 1 Medium Cucumber, Peeled and Seeded if Desired
- 1 Red Bell Pepper, Seeded and Diced
- 1 8-Ounce Can Tomato Sauce or Puree
- 1/4 Cup Red Onion, Diced
- 1 Clove Garlic
- 1/4 Cup Fresh Basil
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/4 Cup Sherry Vinegar
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- Roughly Chopped Pistachios, Additional Sliced Cucumbers, Strawberries, and Basil for Garnish (Optional)
- In a blender, combine the berries and vegetables, along with the basil, salt, crushed red pepper, and vinegar. Blend on high speed, until thoroughly pureed.
- With the motor running, slowly stream in the oil. Once smooth and fully incorporated, transfer to the fridge and chill until ice cold; 1 - 3 hours.
- Adjust seasonings to taste, if needed. Top bowls with pistachios, berries, cucumber, and basil, if desired.
Gazpacho will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 - 4 days.
Vitamix 5200 Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Container, Black
365 Everyday Value, Organic Tomato Sauce, 8 oz
Napa Valley Naturals Sherry Vinegar (15 Star), 12.7 ounce (2-Pack)
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280 Total Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 16g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 645mg Carbohydrates: 23g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 12g Protein: 7g