Simply Green – Green Gazpacho
On se met au vert – Gazpacho vert
Since spring is officially here, my mood is officially looking for some light and fresh recipes, and what’s fresher than gazpacho? Cold soups are always wonderful for hot days, and nutritious too. I wanted to keep some of the flavors of a traditional gazpacho with peppers, cucumbers and garlic but give it a vibrant green color, so I added arugula, green peppers and basil…and some creaminess by adding Greek yogurt. I really loved this gazpacho and will make it again when I have guests.
This gazpacho has no tomato, unlike the traditional Gazpacho “Andalou”, but it seems like there are so many different variations of this cold soup throughout Spain, that there is not one traditional recipe that is known to be the “right” one. So please play with it, you will not offend anyone. I still think that cuisine needs to evolve throughout times, and change to represent our modern lifestyle and current nutritional needs.
If you are interested in other gazpacho recipes, here is a watermelon gazpacho with goat cheese and a strawberry gazpacho, that are getting more popular in restaurants in France.
Ingredients for 2
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1/2 English cucumber, peeled and seedless
- 1/4 yellow onion, diced
- 1 cup arugula
- 1/2 cup basil leaves
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 sticks celery, cut in pieces
- 2 slices white bread without crust, cut in pieces
- chili powder (to taste)
- sherry vinegar
- olive oil
- 3/4 cups water or more
- 3 tbs Greek yogurt
- a few drops of lemon oil
- salt and pepper
Place all the ingredients in a large container, except for the yogurt and lemon oil. Let marinate for at least one hour in the refrigerator. Mix all ingredients in a blender to obtain a smooth texture. You might want to adjust the water quantity to liquefy the consistency.
Add the yogurt and mix a little longer. Drizzle with lemon oil and decorate with small diced bell pepper and paprika.
This entry was posted by silvia on April 9, 2012 at 3:03 am, and is filed under Soups, Vegetarian - dairy. Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0.You can leave a response or trackback from your own site.
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This one that I really need to try!! Spring is here worth this soup.
hope your doing well….. HAPPY EASTER This looks great!
Sounds yummy! I’m definitely bookmarking this to try when things warm up a bit more where I live. I love gazpacho and always game to try a new version!
Ce gazpacho a l’air absolument délicieux et bien frais pour le printemps!
that color is beautiful but it reminds me too much of a bowl of pesto. still sounds interesting and yummy. seems very easy as well. i’ll have to try it sometime.
I love the presentation of this. It sounds really resfreshing too!
Congrats on Top 9! This is a great gazpacho recipe. Definitely goin gon my to do list!
Oh how I wish that my hubby liked cold soups…he just refuses! Never mind him though, I’ll make this just for myself! I’m sure it will be very refreshing in this hot Bangkok weather.
ooooooooooo. This looks so wonderful. Once basil arrives here I’m so making this. I love gazpacho.
What a lovely spring inspired soup…beautiful color!
I adore gazpacho! Green gazpacho? Yes please! Summer, here we come. Thanks for sharing this recipe.