Gazpacho…with Sriracha Sauce!

Gazpacho is one of my favorite summer foods to eat, so I have no idea why it’s taken me until August to whip up a batch. I know not everyone loves cold soups as much as I do – Funk included – so I took advantage of a night he was out on the town to create a cool summer soup. I had plenty of garden-fresh tomatoes on hand: my mom gave me a bunch from a local farm stand, and a chef  I work with gave me some beautiful tomatoes right from his backyard. Those, plus a cucumber, red bell pepper, celery, fresh basil from (another) basil plant (that I hope to keep alive a record 2 weeks), and I was ready to go.

But I had one more ingredient to use! Yesterday in the mail came a surprise package from my pal Annelies who, knowing my love for spicy foods, sent me a big bottle of Sriracha Sauce! I didn’t know what this sauce was til I saw a whole bunch of people tweet about it in a recent HealthBuzz chat. Annelies was so thoughtful to share the spicy sauce love with me, and perfect timing, as I love adding a hit of heat to my gazpacho.

Ingredients:

  • As many fresh tomatoes as you can pluck from your garden (I had about 5)
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • about 10 basil leaves, cut into ribbons
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • a few dashes of dried oregano
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • a squirt of Sriracha Sauce (careful, it’s hot!)

Gorgeous!

I cut up all of the veggies and put them in a pot with the basil leaves then had at it with my hand-held immersion blender. It blended my gazpacho in a matter of seconds, and I left a few veggies chunky since I like soup with some bite to it. I added the lemon juice, olive oil (helps absorb the nutrients from the veggies!), oregano, and generously added the salt and pepper. After pouring myself a bowl, I topped it off with a tiny squirt of Sriracha Sauce that gave it a perfect kick.

Oh. So. Good. My only regret is not making this sooner.

7 Comments

  1. Posted August 12, 2010 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Yum! This looks like a great recipe I’d like to try. Last time I had it from a restaurant it was too garlicky, but I think a spicy kick would be a nice way to eat it. Is that your bowl from the fitbloggin’ conference? 🙂

  2. Janel
    Posted August 12, 2010 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    That’s the bowl! I didn’t use garlic (or onions, which are usually in gazpacho) because I don’t like either raw!

  3. Posted August 12, 2010 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    You have a beautiful blog! I’ve never tried Gazpacho or that sauce, but it seems to be popular!

  4. Janel
    Posted August 12, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! Let me know if you ever try the gazpacho!

  5. Posted August 14, 2010 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    I’ve never tried gazpacho before! The idea of a cold soup never sat right with me. But I think it’s time I get over that and give it a go!

  6. Posted August 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Yum! We love Sriracha at our house.

  7. Melissa George
    Posted April 29, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never tried gazpacho either. But I think tomorrow might be the day!I love sriracha, I think that’s going to push me to make it! I can hardly wait!

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