Yellow heirloom tomatoes — like the Golden Jubilee, Amana Orange, Yellow Brandywine or Bicolor Mortgage Lifter — are slightly sweet, juicy and fleshy. They also have very few seeds, making them perfect candidates for gazpacho.
The lime-infused oil drizzled on the chilled soup just before serving brings out the tomatoes’ flavor even more.
If you want to dazzle dinner guests, serve this gazpacho in wine or cocktail glasses as shown. But this chilled soup is also perfect for a casual summer barbeque. Place it in a large bowl on ice and let your guests pour it in small cups or tumblers – refreshing and light… and they won’t spoil anyone’s appetite.
This soup is best suited to high acid white wines from cool climates aged in stainless steel, like Sauvignon Blanc or Lugana from Veneto (Italy).
Yellow heirloom tomato gazpacho with lime oil and fresh mint
active time: 30 min
For the soup
- 3 lbs (1.4 kg) ripe yellow heirloom tomatoes – peeled, quartered, seeded and juices reserved
- 1 yellow bell pepper (8 oz) (225 g) – halved, seeded and cut in 3″ pieces
- 1/2 seedless cucumber (8 oz) (225 g) – peeled and cut in 3″ pieces
- 1 jalapeño pepper – seeded and cut in 1/2” pieces
- 1/4 small red onion – peeled
- 1 garlic clove – skinned
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup, honey or organic sugar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup spring water
For the garnishes
- lime (or lemon) infused oil
- mint sprigs or leaves
- Step 1: Place all ingredients, including the reserved tomato juices in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse at high speed with a steel blade until all ingredients are finely chopped, then process until soup is very smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Step 2: Transfer to a large bowl and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight, until well chilled.
- Step 3: Place the soup in the freezer for 30 minutes before serving so it is very chilled. Ladle the soup in bowls or cocktail glasses. Place a spoonful of the lime-infused oil in the center. Garnish with the fresh mint and serve.
Disclaimer: As always, my point of view is my own. I do not accept samples, and have no commercial relationship with any product, food or wine company.