Gazpacho with Crumbled Feta Cheese

I learned about Gazpacho when I first moved to California in 1960. It was a huge fad at that time, and I was knocked over by it! It’s been called everything, including “liquid salad,” but whatever you call it, it’s simply delicious!

This may seem like a summer-only dish to many of the mainlanders, but in California, and especially here in Hawai`i, we can eat it year-round.

The beauty of a healthy serving of Gazpacho is that you can put almost any kind of raw veggie into it. Take your pick from:

fresh tomatoes (about 2-3 pounds cut into quarters, skin and all)
cucumber
carrots
onion
bell peppers (I used a combination of orange, red, yellow baby bells)
garlic
hot pepper (maybe a Jalepeño)

Zap it up in a blender or food processor until thick and chunky.

Store it in the fridge until it’s good and cold.

Ladle it into a bowl, top with crumbled feta and sprigs of cilantro.

To go with this, I like to serve a good loaf of crunchy rustic bread fresh from the oven, and maybe a big hunk of sharp cheese.

Dig in!

5 thoughts on “Gazpacho with Crumbled Feta Cheese”

  1. I love gazpacho… I tasted a green tomato gazpacho not long ago that was delicious. Need to play with that a bit myself as I was not given the recipe…Also, one of our local restaurants in Hilo was serving a watermelon gazpacho that was wonderful!

  2. I think my brother mentioned a watermelon gazpacho that he had in Florida. There are many veggies and fruits that can be added, I suspect. I do like a little “bite” to it, and the feta with a jalepeno seem to do that! 🙂 I love having a container of it on hand in the fridge when I need something quick!

  3. I know the traditional gazpacho includes old bread and almonds, but I never add it to mine…I do like to experiment with different combinations of veggies. I haven’t tried making the watermelon one yet, but it was delicious! A little bit in mine is ok, but I don’t care for too spicy. I’ve used the tiny red hot Hawaiian pepper in some of my recipes before.
    If you don’t have one, I will give you a couple of the peppers when I see you at Kele’s so you can plant the seeds.

  4. I’d love the seeds. I get the tiny Thai peppers off my plants, and Thai Jalapeno. I can use those, I imagine, but I’d like the Hawaiian peppers, too. I got some a few years ago at the Greenwell Seed Exchange, but they never sprouted. Not sure what happened, so I’m ready to try again. I’m afraid I won’t have anything to bring to share in the way of seeds or plants this time.

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