It’s the peak of tomato season and I fell in love with all of the beautiful tomatoes at the farmer’s market this weekend! Heirloom, beefsteak, vine-ripe, grape, cherry, so many different kinds of tomatoes and all soooo delicious! There’s another tomato recipe coming later this week. You should be excited! It’s going to be the bomb! Today’s recipe is the bomb as well, Spicy Gazpacho. I love gazpacho and it took me awhile to get this recipe perfect for my tastes. There are so many things to love about gazpacho – its cool, it’s all your veggies in one big bowl, it’s a side, a snack or a main dish if you add protein (see that option below). You can pretty much just empty the veggies from your fridge into your food processor and voilà! I found a combination I love.
You’ll need a food processor for this recipe. If you don’t have one, a blender will work too, but you’ll need to divide the recipe into smaller batches. This takes no time to make because you don’t have to carefully cut the veggies to look a certain way. Just cut them into chunks and throw them in the food processor. I leave the skin on the cucumber and I actually add a little more basil and cilantro that what I’ve included in the recipe.
Want to make it a meal? Just add boiled or steamed shrimp! I didn’t cook the shrimp this time because I found them on sale at Whole Foods already cooked. Don’t you love it when something easy happens in your life? I say grab it when you can! But, when I got home I realized they were farmed instead of wild-caught. I still ate them. I normally choose wild-caught seafood over farmed because, in general, it’s lower in bacteria and free of potentially harmful antibiotics. etc. But, this time I ate farmed, so sue me! I just don’t do it on a regular basis.
Ready for a summertime bowl full of yumminess?
I love eating the gazpacho with shrimp. If you need a little more kick to it, you can add a little prepared horseradish to the gazpacho.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can truly customize it to your tastes. Like a little cooler taste? Add more cucumber. Want more kick? Add two jalapenos, etc.
Run to your farmer’s market or local produce section today and enjoy this delicious taste of summer!