Simple Spicy Strawberry Gazpacho

July 28th, 2013

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Cold pureed soup is something that I didn’t know about when growing up but absolutely cannot live without now. Every summer, I seem to find a new variation of cold soup to obsess about (there was watermelon and pineapple gazpacho, and apple-anise soup among many others). This year it’s this Spicy Strawberry Gazpacho which I’ve been making almost weekly, sometimes even every other day, since the beginning of June. It’s simple and ideal for summer heat, with just a few ingredients blended together. You can make it as spicy as you like – I prefer a hint of heat here, so as to frame but not overwhelm the sweetness of strawberries and summer tomatoes.
Paloma is turning five in just a few days and it’s difficult to believe. Her vocabulary is becoming more mature every day and as any parent, I wish she wasn’t growing up so fast! Her preferences in food have been evolving as well. I raised Paloma eating spicy foods and will never forget how much she loved the green soup I used to make her with fresh jalapeno and loads of cilantro when she was just two and three. Now, I have to be very careful about adding any spices into our food if I’m counting on Paloma to try it. Kids’ taste is so bizarrely selective at this age – she won’t eat peaches, for instance, but can inhale twenty olives in one sitting, and a simple Russian cabbage soup, that I very much disliked as a child, is suddenly her favorite. Thankfully, green juice is still on our daily menu, while candies and other traditional sweets are just a distant thought. Hopefully, Paloma will grow out of her no-spice phase soon enough and begin enjoying this gazpacho as much as the rest of the family.

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Spicy Strawberry Gazpacho 
(adapted form Salatshop)

10 ripe sweet strawberries – divided
3 large heirloom tomatoes – roughly chopped
1 small bell pepper – seeded and roughly chopped
1 medium cucumber – peeled and roughly chopped
1/3 cup soft sun-dried tomatoes
juice of 1/2 lemon
1-2 garlic cloves – roughly chopped
about 1/4 small red chili pepper or more to taste - seeded, or 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
dash of cayenne pepper – optional
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
large handful fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish

Reserve 5 strawberries. Place the rest of the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Taste for salt and spice, adjusting if needed. Chill very well. Slice the reserved strawberries. Ladle the soup into chilled bowls and garnish with strawberry slices and basil leaves. Enjoy on a hot summer day.

Tags: gazpacho, recipe, soup, spicy, strawberry, tomato, vegan

  • Sweet Faery says:

    Love the idea of summer berries in a gazpacho, I tried last summer with red currants, actually!

  • mmm I love gazpacho too but haven’t branched out from the traditional yet. This, and all your other cold soups sound fabulous- especially excited to try the apple-fennel.
    How wonderful that you can share your meals, mostly fuss-free with Paloma. She certainly has exotic tastes for such a young girl!

  • Cheryl says:

    Strawberries in gazpacho?! What an amazing idea, how did I not think of that before?

  • Golubka says:

    Thanks for your comments, everyone!

    Geraldine, red currants in gazpacho sounds brilliant! Do you have a recipe?

  • Tanya says:

    I made it last night and it’s absolutely delicious. Thank you for my new favorite gazpacho!

  • I’m absolutely enamoured with this idea. The quintessential summer soup!

  • Sounds heavenly. I have a punnet of wild Raspberries i think i’ll have to try this on.

  • Avril says:

    These all look great – I love watermelon and so does my whole famliy! Actually my husband’s famliy in Maryland makes the watermelon rind which is very different! I will have to try the gin fizz – I actually have some watermelon puree in my freezer!

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