As summer soups go, there is nothing more delicious and refreshing than Gazpacho. It is a salad in liquid form, with the added advantage that it keeps forever in the refrigerator. If you are trying to watch your weight and eat healthy, gazpacho is for you.
The name gazpacho reminds me of a little miniature Chihuahua my daughter and I saw one day on South Beach. The name was bigger than the dog. Every time this dish comes up, the though of this tiny little thing with big ears and a big attitude makes my daughter and me burst into giggles.
The recipe comes from my mother who has been making it for years. She can't remember where she found it but I can honestly say, I haven't had a better one. When the tomatoes are in season in the summer, there is always a pitcher in the refrigerator at home. The funny thing is nobody can believe how easy it is to make.
This is dedicated to my friend Albert P. who subscribed to my blog, even though he is on a diet. That is what you call true friendship. You can have this, dear Albert, it's all vegetables, except for a little olive oil which is also good for you. It is also filling, healthy and packs well for the office.
3 ripe tomatoes
1 cucumber, peeled
1 onion, yellow
1 clove garlic
1 green pepper
1 1/2 C tomato juice
2 1/2 C beef or chicken bouillon
1/4 C olive oil
1/4 C red wine vinegar
Chop tomatoes, cucumber, onion and green pepper. Add to a blender, together with the rest of the liquid ingredients. You will have to do this in batches. Place in the refrigerator until well chilled. Add croutons on top just before serving
If serving for company, you can garnish with chopped cucumbers, green peppers, tomatoes and onions. Place a bowl of croutons on the side.