Green gazpacho recipe

By Tom Norrington-Davies

  1. Serves 4
  2. Takes 35 minutes to make, plus cooling and chilling
  3. Rating

Gazpacho is a Spanish recipe for chilled soup, using all kinds of healthy vegetables. This version uses asparagus and cucumber for a refreshing warm-weather dish.

tried and tested
Green gazpacho

Ingredients

  1. 500g asparagus, trimmed (or wild asparagus or hop shoots, if possible)
  2. 100g stale white rustic bread, diced
  3. 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
  4. 3 tbsp sherry vinegar or wine vinegar
  5. 1 cucumber, peeled and deseeded
  6. 2 garlic cloves

Method

  1. 1. Bring 1 litre water to the boil and add 1 teaspoon salt. Meanwhile, cut the asparagus in half, separating the stalks and spears. Cook the spears for 11/2-2 minutes, until just tender. Lift out with a slotted spoon, drain and refresh under cold water. Set aside.
  2. 2. Bring the water to a simmer and cook the stalks gently for 10 minutes, until very tender. Remove from the heat and cool in the cooking liquid.
  3. 3. Pop the bread into a bowl with the oil and vinegar. Add half the cooking liquid and let the bread soak it up for 5 minutes. Dice the cucumber and garlic and add to the bowl.
  4. 4. Put the rest of the cooking liquid and stalks in a blender and blitz to a soup. Strain, discarding the pulp.
  5. 5. Add the soaked bread, cucumber and garlic to a blender and whizz until smooth. Whizz in soup until you reach the consistency you want. Season and chill.
  6. 6. Divide between bowls, drizzle with a little oil and serve with the spears.

Nutritional info

Per serving: 203kcals, 12.3g fat (1.8g saturated), 6.6g protein, 16.6g carbs, 4.3g sugar, 0.3g salt

Wine Recommendation

A very light, simple white is safest; or try chilled dry fino sherry.

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LINGDADA

December 21

Totally yummy!

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