Fresh, fruity and pink – Strawberry gaspacho
Frais, fruité et tout rose – Gaspacho de fraises
I wanted to make something quick and fresh before my trip to LA leaving tomorrow, and use that big case of strawberries I bought. After strawberry tarts, coulis, cake, crumble, the only thing I haven’t tried with strawberries is soup and salad. So here is the soup…
There is a new tendance about using fruits to make cold soups which is something I really love. For many years, I was stuck with the idea that fruits are sweet, therefore need to be eaten as a dessert or in sweet preparations. With years going by, I opened my mind to using fruits in savory preparations and not necessarily eating them as desserts. After making watermelon gaspacho, and cantaloupe-port soup, I wanted to try making a cold soup with strawberries. Et voilà, c’est prêt! Spring is coming and hopefully summer will take away the allergens and pollen.
Who doesn’t like strawberries? I think it’s the most popular fruit among kids and adults, everything about a strawberry is sexy, its heart shape, its color, sweetness, and all the wonderful desserts, with which you can make. I don’t know what I like most about this soup, its color, its sweetness, it’s texture?
I have to be honest and admit that I still haven’t found flavorful and ripe strawberries lately, they might look good, but they’re not, you need ripe and sweet ones for this gaspacho, so you might want to wait for summer if you can resist and wait that long.
Anyway, I think fruits are the best thing on earth, try this gaspacho and you’ll agree with me!
Ingredients for 4
- 1 lb strawberries, stem removed and cut in halves
- 3 well ripe tomatoes, seedless, peeled and cubed
- 1 tbs red onion, chopped
- 2 slices white bread or ideally brioche
- 2 tbs good quality balsamic vinegar, or strawberry vinegar
- 2 pinches piment d’espelette
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup water
- mint leaves
In a mixing container, soak brioche with vinegar for about 30 minutes. Then combine all other ingredients except mint and water. Refrigerate for about 2 hours. Using a hand blender, mix soaked brioche with the rest of the ingredients, until obtained a purée type of texture. Add water and pass through a sieve. Decorate with mint en chiffonade and serve chilled.
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It looks so rich and soothing. And I love the decoration!
This gaspacho look so perfect with strawberries! I’m sure it was very good!
Fabulous idea! I’ve had strawberry risotto, so the notion of eating strawberries in a savory dish isn’t entirely new to me, but this sounds intriguing. Will definitely have to try it!
What a great summer soup. Love the combination of the ingredients. I agree fruit soups are refreshing and deserve the spotlight.
one of our favorites on our cruise we went on last year, can’t wait to make this myself this is so exciting to see this recipe!
Yum! I can’t wait for the summer strawberries to arrive! =)
Great soup! Love the idea!
Oh my goodnes! How wonderful. Love the idea of balsamic in this!
Great idea! This reminds me of a watermelon soup we eat in Brazil!
I’m still waiting for those flavorful ones too…but when they come, I’ll be making this soup for sure! Thank you for sharing another beautifully rendered post. You know how to get my week off to a great start. I hope your week bursts forth with flavor and love. Hugs from Austin!
Oh my, that is beautiful!!
This looks delicious and would be lovely on a hot day.
Ton gaspacho est magnifique!!
Tres magnifique! Excited to see this recipe – its so perfect for Easter brunch this weekend rather than the traditional strawberry shortcake I make- although my husband would probably prefer the shortcake
I’d have never thought to pair strawberries with tomatoes and onions in a gazpacho. It looks lovely though.
Absolutely amazing, great idea!! I cannot wait to try this…..thank you so much for sharing!!!