Peach Gazpacho with Cucumber
This Peach Gazpacho with Cucumbers is an adaptation from the usual tomato-based chilled soup most of us are accustomed to. Gazpacho is a cold soup enjoyed in the summer with origins that trace back to Spain according to internet sources. I had a large supply of fresh peaches from the market and wanted to do a savory dish out of it. This gazpacho needs no cooking and the most one does is chopping ingredients and transforming them into a thick, coarse puree with seasonings and vegetables. This recipe was inspired by a recipe from "Epitaph for a Peach" by Don Mas Masumoto. Serves two for a soup starter.
Servings: 2 people
- 6 whole (about 2.5 lbs) fresh ripe peaches peeled, pitted, sliced in quarters
- 1 whole large cucumber peeled, seeded, 1/2 cut into cubes, other 1/2 sliced in spears for garnish
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons for the soup plus 1 Tablespoon for sprinkling extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon for sprinkling sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper powder
- 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup for soup water
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley for garnish
- 2 stalks scallions chopped, for garnish
- 1-2 whole organic tomatoes sliced in wedges, for garnish
Combine in a food processor or blender: Peaches, half of cucumber, garlic, balsamic vinegar, salt, black pepper, water. Pulse or blend for about 2 minutes till mixture is a coarse, thick consistency.
Pour puree into a medium-sized bowl. Cover and keep in refrigerator for 2 hours or more. Chill the cold soup till ready to serve.
To serve: Pour gazpacho into individual soup bowls or small mason jars (like in photos above). Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil and a pinch of salt on top. Garnish with parsley, tomato wedges, cucumber spears and scallions. Serve chilled as a meal starter.
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 13kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.2mg