Okay, I know that Gazpacho is more of a Summer recipe, but being that I cater, I like to stay one step ahead of the seasons. Plus, I might serve this during the holidays… just to be different.
This recipe is easier to put together than it looks, and the flavors of the tomato gazpacho base and the veggies blend together to get your guests ready for the remainder of the meal.
So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.
prep time15 Min
methodNo-Cook or Other
fresh tomatoes, about 1.5 pounds
garlic, peeled, and frozen
salt, kosher variety, to taste
black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
cucumber, seeded and small dice
green bell pepper, seeded and small dice
zucchini, peeled, and small dice
fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped
olive oil, extra virgin
How To Make
Chef’s Note: The salad amounts will give you one serve, with gazpacho left over for another day.
Gather Your Ingredients.
Peel, and remove the seeds from the tomatoes.
Add to a blender, along with a dash of salt, and pepper.
Pulse until the tomatoes are pureed.
Add the tomatoes to a small bowl.
Grate the frozen garlic into the tomato base, using a micro plane.
Chef’s Tip: Freezing the garlic is a great way to get finely grated garlic.
Use the micro plane to grate the onion into the tomato base.
Salt and pepper to taste, and then reserve.
Chef’s Note: If you can allow the tomato base to rest for an hour or so, it will help to blend the garlic and onion flavors into the tomatoes.
Gather your ingredients.
Cut the avocado in half, remove the seed and thinly slice.
Add the avocado slices to the inside of a ring mold.
Chef’s Tip: Wipe the inside of the ring mold with a bit of oil, to keep the avocado slices from sticking.
Add the ring mold to a shallow serving bowl.
Add all the veggies to a small bowl, add the olive oil, and toss.
Add the veggies to the inside of the ring mold.
Carefully remove the ring mold.
Spoon the reserved gazpacho around the veggies.
Sprinkle on a bit more cilantro, or parsley, and serve as a great starter. Enjoy.
Keep the faith, and keep cooking.
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