This cherry gazpacho is light and refreshing! Perfect for summer parties or a light, healthy snack.
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.
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.
GAZPACHO RECIPE VARIATIONS
Want to experiment with a more unique gazpacho? I’ve got a fruit gazpacho recipes you might want to consider!
More Cherry Recipes
If you love this cherry gazpacho recipe, you may also like my Cherry Galette, Cherry Crisp, and Cherry Vanilla Muffins!
You can also check out my full archive of cherry recipes!
- 4 cups sweet cherries, pitted
- Juice from 1 large orange (about 1/4 cup)
- Juice from 1 lemon (about 2-3 tablespoons)
- 2 cloves garlic, smashed
- 2 1/2 tablespoons shallot, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh mint, chopped finely
- salt and fresh black pepper to taste
- Puree the cherries, orange juice, lemon juice, garlic, shallot and mint in a blender until smooth.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Please read my full post for additional recipe notes, tips, and serving suggestions!
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Donna W. says
I love cherries and this soup sound delicious!!!
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