3 large vine-ripened tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped*
1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
1/2 orange or yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
1/4 cup finely-minced sweet onion
2 cups vegetable cocktail juice
1 cup vegetable or chicken broth**
1 cup prepared mild tomato salsa or Fresh Tomato Salsa
3 tablespoon wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 to 3 tablespoons finely-chopped fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon coarse salt or to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
Avocado Creme Fraiche (see recipe below)
8 lime wedges
Coarsely-ground black pepper
* Learn How To Peel Fresh Tomatoes. Great dish to use heirloom tomatoes (various colors and varieties).
** Learn how easy it is to make your own homemade Chicken Stock - Basic Chicken Stock.
In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, onion, vegetable cocktail juice, vegetable or chicken broth, tomato salsa, wine vinegar, and olive oil. Add Worcestershire sauce, basil, salt, and garlic; stir until blended. Remove about half of the soup to a blender jar and blend until smooth. Combine with the remaining soup.
Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight before serving. NOTE: Soup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Taste for final seasoning and adjust before serving.
Prepare Avocado Creme Fraiche. Store, covered, in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
To Serve Gazpacho Soup: Using a large red wine glasses, parfait glasses, or deep soup cups, pour approximately 6 to 8 ounces of chilled gazpacho soup into each glass. Spoon a dollop of Avocado Creme Fraiche centered in the soup. Garnish with a lime wedge and ground black pepper.
Makes 8 servings.
Avocado Creme Fraiche:
1 small avocado
1 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
Salt to taste
In a small bowl, place avocado pulp. Using a fork, mash the avocado pulp until smooth and there are no visible lumps. Add creme fraiche or sour cream, lime juice, sugar, and salt; fold together.
Refrigerate for a least one hour, covered, or until thick.