I’m so excited that tomato season has begun. Our CSA has been delivering some honkin’ size heirloom tomatoes. Even some pretty cool cherry tomatoes. And I’m content to just have them sit out on the counter because I love looking at their weird red/purple/yellow hues.
But, alas, they must be eaten. Letting fresh produce rot and go to waste is just sad, and there’s only so many salads and tomato-mayo sandwiches one can eat! And that’s where tomato gazpacho comes in to save the day!
He and I differ here because cold soup generally turns me off. But I loved this strawberry soup. And I’m an even bigger fan of foods that require nothing more than hitting the puree button. Especially when it’s hot outside and turning on the stove is a total bummer. Cue this easy tomato gazpacho. Not only is it delicious, but the lycopene in tomatoes can also help your skin delay aging and wrinkles. And by the way, you can also use tomatoes with salt as an easy acne scrub if you have some leftover.
How do you use up your tomatoes? We can think of at least eight more great recipes that use heirloom tomatoes!
Simple Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
- 2 pounds tomatoes heirlooms if you can get them, roughly chopped
- 1 red bell peper roughly chopped
- 1/2 small red onion roughly chopped
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 cucumber 1/2 roughly chopped, 1/2 finely chopped
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 tablespoons cilantro
- Bread for dipping
Dump tomato, pepper, onion, cucumber and garlic in the food processor, and puree away. Work in batches if your blender or processor is small.
Transfer to large bowl and add in oil, vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
Refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour and up to 1 day.
Top gazpacho with chopped cilantro and cucumber. Drizzle with a bit more oil if you want (I did not). Serve with bread.
Based on a recipe from Real Simple