A cool refreshing soup bursting with flavor is perfect on a hot summer day. Especially one that requires no cooking. Gazpacho is a delicious chilled vegetable soup that originates from Spain. I found this recipe for Summer Gazpacho with a Walnut Twist from Cheap Ethnic Eatz. I had a blast browsing through Evelyn's blog as my first assignment with the Secret Recipe Club!
What is the Secret Recipe Club you might ask? It's a very cool online group founded by Amanda of Amanda's Cookin'. Each month the participating food bloggers are each assigned another persons blog in the group to make a recipe from. Everyone posts the recipes they made on the same day at the same time. The cool part it is a secret and you don't know who has been assigned who's blog until the post date. It's a great way to get to know other food blogs, take on new recipes and increase exposure for everyone. If you are interested in joining or just learning more head over the Secret Recipe Club. And don't forget to scroll all the way to the end of this post to see the blog hop linking to what everyone made this month.
I have spent quite a bit of time perusing Cheap Ethic Eatz over the past month. Though I'm a big fan of cheap (and delicious) food, I have to admit I'm not overly adventurous when it comes to ethnic cuisines. I guess compared to my mom I'm a word traveler of cuisine, but compared to the truly adventurous, like Evelyn, I'm pretty basic. I like, Italian, Greek, Persian, Lebanese, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, French (to a certain extent). I'm bit more leery of other types like Ethiopian, Korean, Thai or Indian. The great thing about Evelyn's site is she has a range of diverse dishes.
When deciding which recipe to make, I must have changed my mind at least
The gazpacho was wonderful and this offered a twist I haven't seen before...topping your soup with herb toasted walnuts. I didn't have walnuts on hand, but I had some pecans and they were a great addition to the soup, adding a nice texture and flavor.
The nuts give a little extra heartiness to this very light soup. Hubby is not a fan of nuts so I also did a version with garlic croutons so his soup would have a little extra crunch. And that was delicious too!
If you have never tried gazpacho before, I highly recommend it. Thanks for sharing a great recipe Evelyn!
Summer Gazpacho with a Walnut Twist
from Cheap Ethnic Eatz
For the gazpacho:
5 ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 cucumber, peeled and coarsely chopped (I left the skin on as I was using an English cucumber)
1 small red or green bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small onion, finely chopped (I used red onion)
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
For toasted walnuts:
2/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (I used walnuts)
1 teaspoon olive oil
3/4 teaspoon finely chopped herbs (I used fresh flat leaf parsley and a bit of minced garlic)
Pinch of cayenne pepper
To make soup:
Combine tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, garlic, onion, vinegar and tomato juice in a large bowl. Transfer batches of the mixture to a food processor and pulse until coarsely pureed. Transfer pureed soup into another large bowl and stir in salt and pepper, cover and chill in the refrigerator. When serving if soup seems too thick, stir in more tomato juice. Top with toasted nuts and serve.
To make herb walnuts:
Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a small baking sheet with aluminum foil and toss nuts, herbs, cayenne and salt and pepper with your finger to coat. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until nuts are lightly toasted.