Guess who shelled out $10 at the ole HEB for a Wacky Wild Bakugan Battle Brawlers slip-n-slide?! This guy! Most people I ask feel that this is a fairly bad idea. That adults were not meant to hurl their bodies at wet tarps on the ground. But to them I say, Good Day! I'm excited. The glorious waterslide will be unfurled on Memorial Day. Stay tuned for a full report.
Why do I share this with you now, in my post about gazpacho? Because, dear reader, it is quintessentially summery! No dish speaks more of summer to me than my mom's gazpacho. I have tried so many varieties of this dish (Most recently: Martha Stewart's. Most disgustingly: Opal Divine's. Egads it was terrible- like a jar of Pace salsa thickened with cornstarch and sweetened with Equal), and none come close to this one. This is fresh and bright, and has the perfect consistency for me (half of the vegetables are pureed, half are left in a small dice). And happily, we'll soon be able to make a batch using Helen's tomatoes, which are coloring up nicely!
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed
- 6 large ripe heirloom tomatoes, seeded and diced small
- 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and diced small
- 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced small
- 1/2 cup red onion, diced small
- 2 cups organic tomato juice
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice, meyer if available
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Rub the inside of a large serving bowl with the smashed garlic clove.
- Put each of the remaining ingredients in the bowl and stir to combine.
- Transfer half of the gazpacho mixture to a food processor and process until smooth.
- Pour the processed mixture back into the serving bowl and stir to combine with the unprocessed vegetables. You're done!
- In my opinion, this gazpacho tastes best at room temperature, so if you must refrigerate it before serving take it out about 30 minutes before you intend to dig in. Enjoy with crusty bread :)