Farmer’s Market Gazpacho
Farmers’ markets can be overwhelming if you don’t have a plan in mind.
Rows and rows of fresh produce call you in – but without specific meals and recipes in mind, I find myself frozen among the fresh kale, zucchini, and blueberries.
That all changed this week, when I went to the farmers market with a specific craving for gazpacho.
Gazpacho, Farmers Market Style
At my recent farmers market visit, I had one mission in mind: Finding the freshest, most gazpacho-worthy ingredients possible.
I ended up purchasing the following:
- Banana peppers
The only item I purchased from the grocery store was a red bell pepper. All of the ingredients I purchased cost less than $10.00, enough to enjoy approximately 6 servings of gazpacho. Not bad for an extremely fresh, healthy and nutrient-dense drink.
Gazpacho is served chilled. It typically contains bread, but I like it without. It tastes like the very best, freshest V8 juice. If you like V8 or a spicy tomato juice, you’ll love this gazpacho recipe!
Here are some serving suggestions:
- Serve small cups of gazpacho as an appetizer to a Spanish-style meal
- Drink a glass for breakfast (and be prepared for a morning energy surge!)
- Top a bowl or glass of gazpacho with:
- Diced cucumber
- Fresh dill
- Cocktail shrimp
- Bacon bits
- Use as a Bloody Mary base instead of tomato juice
Got more tomatoes? Check out these recipes:
- 1 pound fresh tomatoes
- 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cored
- 4 fresh garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded
- 1 banana pepper, seeded
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Place all ingredients except for the olive oil in a blender. If you're using a BlendTec or other high-powered blender, set to the the Whole Juice setting (or set to high for about 40 seconds). If you're using a regular blender, you may need to blend this for a couple of minutes to get it smooth.
- Slowly stream in olive oil. Serve chilled.