When making this recipe with children or adults, the key is to focus on how easy it is to make because all the ingredients are fresh and delicious on their own! I literally adjust this recipe all depending on what we receive in our farm share box. Have your family taste as they prepare it and decide what they think is missing. For example, if you have a lemon but no vinegar, add that as your acid. If you have a green pepper vs. red, that is great, too. Keep trying together and adjust based on personal tastes.
Serve cold and from a cup and tell the story of how Gazpacho was eaten by Spanish field workers hundreds of years ago to nourish them as they worked!
- 6-8 medium sized tomatoes, cut in quarters (*the size and number of tomatoes is forgiving; make it fun by using a variety of types of tomatoes as I do from my Eatwell Farms CSA box. You can consider an amount of 2 quarts)
- 1 cup of watermelon
- 1 medium sized red bell pepper (deseeded)
- half a red onion
- 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
- 1 small bunch parsley
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil (can always add more to your desired taste)
- Salt and pepper to your desired taste
- ½ tablespoon of red wine or sherry vinegar
- 1 avocado
- 1 small bunch cilantro
- ½ lime juiced
- 2 heaping tablespoons of plain Greek style yogurt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon agave or honey
- Blend ingredients in a blender or food processor
- Wash all produce. Add the tomatoes (skins, seeds and all!), red onion, bell pepper, parsley and peeled, seeded cucumber, and watermelon to the blender. Start slowly and then work up to a fast speed to really puree the mixture.
- Add the olive oil, a splash of vinegar, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend again to incorporate.
- Taste to see what’s missing. You want a balanced flavor of the sweet tomatoes, but also have a hint of acid from the vinegar to make the soup taste bright.
- Chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to an hour and enjoy served cold, topped with a nice big spoonful of your avocado cilantro yogurt sauce! If you have a nice olive oil, drizzle a little on top in a fun pattern. Tomatoes and olive oil are fast friends.
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