THE STRAWBERRY SERIES: SUMMER STRAWBERRY GAZPACHO

July 21, 2016

Gazpacho, a chilled tomato based soup is a classic summer dish hailing from Southern Spain, which makes the most of the summer produce. I adapted the traditional recipe to feature the most fragrant ripe strawberries that I picked up at Borough market last week, which required eating immediately!

INGREDIENTS (Serves 4)

225g ripe strawberries - hulled

100g cucumber - peeled

75g red pepper - deseeded

100g ripe baby plum tomatoes

1 clove of garlic

1 small red chilli

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (I like The Gay Farmer Olive Oil)

1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar 

1 tsp Maldon salt

Some water to thin

 

METHOD

  1. Using a food processor, blend the chilli, garlic, tomatoes, cucumber and
  2. red pepper until smooth.
  3. Add the strawberries and olive oil and blend well.
  4. Taste and add the balsamic vinegar (you may need slightly less or more
  5. depending on the ripeness of both the tomatoes and strawberries). 
  6. If the mixture is too thick, add some chilled water and blend again before
  7. seasoning.
  8. Chill for at least one hour before serving - top with basil leaves and
  9. drizzle over olive oil.




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