Another super summery Barefoot Bloggers post! Thanks this week to Maryl of My Bit of Earth for making me step out of my box again. This cold soup was a really great accompaniment to our fancy chili dog dinner last night. I added sliced avocado as a garnish, because it improves everything it touches. Phillip would have preferred this dish without the red pepper, but he would prefer his entire life without them so he isn't the one to ask!
1 hothouse cucumber, halved and seeded, but not peeled
2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded
4 plum tomatoes
1 red onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
23 ounces tomato juice (3 cups)
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup good olive oil
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Roughly chop the cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and red onions into 1-inch cubes. Put each vegetable separately into a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until it is coarsely chopped. Do not overprocess!
After each vegetable is processed, combine them in a large bowl and add the garlic, tomato juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well and chill before serving. The longer gazpacho sits, the more the flavors develop.
Source: Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, page 79