If loving soup in the summer is wrong – than I don’t want to be right! Summertime for me means easy recipes that I can make quickly and with little use of our oven. We have an over abundance of tomatoes right now from our local farmer’s basket and there’s only so much salsa one person can make, and I love salsa! They go soft so quickly and it’s hard to use them that fast. As much as I love tomatoes, my skin does not! Hello break out city! And nobody wants that. So instead of leaving them to go soft and make another round of salsa, I whipped up an easy rustic gazpacho soup.
This recipe is so fast, it’s unreal. It literally takes ten minutes and then you chill it in the fridge for however long you please. I left it in the fridge for about an hour and the flavors had combined perfectly. We toasted some homemade sourdough bread and added fresh basil from our garden to give it that extra flavor. I think next time I’ll blend in some basil to make it more infused.
6 ripe tomatoes
2 small green onions, diced
2 gloves garlic
1 large English cucumber, diced
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Dash of balsamic vinegar
Red pepper flakes, to taste
Salt, pepper to taste
Dice all the vegetables and place them in a blender, tomatoes first since they’re the juiciest. Depending on the size of your blender, you may have to do this step in batches.
Pour all the pureed vegetables into a large bowl. Add your salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and olive oil and stir. Add in a dash of balsamic vinegar to taste.
Chill in the fridge, for best results, leave overnight. You can also let it chill for an hour like we did, it still tasted amazing!
Toast your favorite bread, eat, and enjoy!
We took the time to eat outside in our garden since the evenings have been relatively cooler these days. We’ve had a lot of thunderstorms lately and has significantly cooled the temperature. These evenings make it perfect for a light dinner, some great conversation, and my poor attempt to keep mosquitos from biting me! We have a citronella candle outside and I even wear bug spray but to no avail. I guess they just love my sweet Southern blood! If you have any tips for keeping away mosquitos, please share!
My heart is really happy lately and I’ve been pouring a lot of that into the food and projects I’m making lately. Maybe it’s because P and I are happily living together or maybe because life is just wonderful, but I’m really enjoying this over abundance of love lately. My path in life is really starting to take shape now and I’m curious and excited to see where it takes me. My best advice I can give anyone these days (and it’s cliche) is to follow your heart and dreams. It’s dumb, and overstated, but I truly feel that by taking the leap these past few months since starting this blog, so much has happened that would never had been possible before. And for that, thanks readers for being awesome and doing your part by reading and sharing these posts.
What do you think of this recipe? Would you want to try gazpacho soup? Trust me, it’s tasty! Leave me a comment below!