Wednesday, July 7, 2010

White Gazpacho with Grapes and Toasted Almonds

What can you make with cucumbers and green grapes when you don't want to cook because it's like a million degrees outside?  White gazpacho, that's what!  

This soup was so good!  I love how it packs a punch of garlic but is immediately mellowed by the cool cucumber and grapes.  I watched a clip of Ellie Krieger making this soup and she served it in martini glasses for a dinner party.  So cute and pretentious - I decided to pretend I was fancy and serve mine that way too (I put Joe's his Chimay chalice so it was more manly).  

White Gazpacho with Grapes and Toasted Almonds
adapted from Ellie Krieger - The Food You Crave
Makes 4 one cup servings

1/4 cup plus 4 teaspoons slivered almonds
2 large English cucumbers or 3 large regular cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped
3 slices white bread, crusts removed
1/2 cup warm water
3 cloves garlic, peeled (I used just one big clove, and I thought it was pretty strong)
6 scallions, white parts only, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup white wine vinegar or sherry vinegar, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste.  
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup green grapes, cut in half

Toast the almonds in a small dry skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant, 3-5 minutes.  Set aside.

Soak the bread in the water until soft, about 2 minutes.  Reserve one cup of the cucumber for the garnish.  Place the soaked bread, the rest of the cucumber, the garlic, half the scallions whites, the vinegar, lemon juice, 1/4 cup of the almonds, the salt, and the oil into a food processor.  Process for about 1-2 minutes, or until the cucumbers are thoroughly blended and the almonds are almost invisible.  Taste and season with more salt, vinegar, and/or lemon juice, if desired.  

To serve, ladle 1 cup gazpacho into each serving bowl.  Pile the remaining cucumber, scallion whites, grapes, and almonds on the center of each bowl and serve.    


  1. The bite I had of this was so good! I can't imagine if you put three cloves of garlic in, was really garlicky with the one clove. Maybe the fresh garlic from the CSA is more potent.

  2. Wow that sounds really easy and I always want to buy cucumbers because they are so cheap but I don't like them that much. Maybe I should try this!


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