Cherry Gazpacho

Cherry Gazpacho ~ Healthy Soup Recipe ~ Savory Simple

I’m nervous, you guys. I’m kind of an introvert and have never been very good at public speaking. However, several months ago I enthusiastically agreed to do a cooking demo at the local farmer’s market. Suddenly that demo is a week away. Eek. 

Cherry Gazpacho ~ Healthy Soup Recipe ~ Savory Simple

I decided I should make something that was easy and preferably didn’t involve any actual cooking. Gazpacho seemed like a perfect way to showcase market ingredients while being able to banter with people and answer questions. After a few experiments, I have my perfect recipe!

I had one word in mind while developing this recipe (NO, not “fear”). Refreshing. I wanted this chilled soup to be a refreshing summer snack or appetizer. As I experimented with more traditional gazpacho ingredients I ran into issues. Cucumbers, basil, bell peppers, vinegar and bread resulted in muddled flavors that fought with the natural lightness of the cherries. So I went back to the drawing board. Orange juice to enhance the cherries, lemon juice for a less acidic kick and shallots for a milder onion flavor.  Mint instead of basil because it’s incredible with cherries. The results were exactly what I was seeking- a light, refreshing, sweet and savory chilled soup.  I think you’ll like it.

 

Cherry Gazpacho
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups pitted cherries
  • Juice from 1 large orange (about ¼ cup)
  • Juice from 1 lemon (about 2-3 tablespoons)
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2½ tablespoons shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh mint, chopped finely
  • salt and fresh black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Puree the cherries, orange juice, lemon juice, garlic, shallot and mint in a blender until smooth.
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
 

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