Summer Cherry and Friends Gazpacho

Celebrate Summer with Cherries

By: Pam Smith, RDN


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Summer Cherry and Friends Gazpacho


Ingredients

  • 1 large English hothouse cucumber, peeled, seeded, cut into pieces

  • 1 ½ cups fresh cherries, pitted

  • 1 large nectarine, peeled, halved

  • ½ jalapeño, seeded and chopped (or seeds in for spicier soup)

  • 2 tablespoons diced shallot or red onion

  • 1 cup fresh orange juice

  • 1 tablespoon P.S. Flavor!™ Citrus Spice

  • 1 teaspoon P.S. Flavor!™ Creole Kitchen

  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic or sherry vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)

  • Fresh mint or basil, chopped, plus additional, for garnish

  • 4 ounces goat cheese, frozen till firm

  • Additional Creole Kitchen seasoning, or salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

  • Chopped pistachios, garnish


Method

  1. Pulse cucumber, cherries, nectarine, jalapeño, and shallot or red onion in blender until finely chopped and add to a bowl. Mix in orange juice, seasonings, vinegar, oil, vanilla, and herbs. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Soup can be made up to 2 days ahead. When ready to serve, taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

  2. To serve soup, ladle into a bowl. Grate the frozen goat cheese as a "snow" atop the soup. Sprinkle with fresh mint or basil and chopped pistachios as garnish.




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