Gazpacho, one of my summer favorites

There are several really good gazpacho recipes out there, however if I have all of the ingredients available this is what I chose to make.  As summer continues on and there are more fresh local vegetables available the result is better and better gazpacho!

1/4 cup chopped red onions

1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper

1/4 cup chopped cucumber (peeled and seeded)

1/4 cup chopped and peeled tomatoes

1/2 teaspoons chopped garlic

1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

Pinch of cayenne

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

¾ cup tomato juice

Sprig of thyme

Balsamic Glaze (Optional)

Fresh Orange Zest (Recommended)

  1. Mix all the ingredients except the balsamic glaze together in a bowl or other container, cover, and let sit in the refrigerator overnight.

 

  1. The next day, remove the thyme and blend all the ingredients in a blender.  Refrigerate the gazpacho until ready to serve.

 

Use a few drops of the balsamic glaze as garnish if desired, and I strongly suggest a little fresh orange zest on top before enjoying.

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