Lizzie’s Green Gazpacho

I was looking in the fridge at a couple of cucumbers, avocados, and other veggies that needed to become something very soon.  Summer inspiration hit – it’s time to make gazpacho

!  Not wanting to make any unnecessary runs to the grocery store, I did what I often do and consulted several recipes and then substituted some items with things I already had.  Abracadabra, my inner gazpacho emerged triumphant.

This recipe owes much to several cold soup and gazpacho recipes in the New Basics Cookbook (my go-to cookbook for going on 20 years now and it’s never let me down!) As you can see, making gazpacho is a bit like making and salad along with your own dressing and then blending it all together in a chilled soup.  I did away with the eggs and yogurt some recipes call for as I was sure the avocados would smooth it all out.

Lizzie’s Green Gazpacho

1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
4 cups prepared instant miso soup – cooled (or you can substitute chicken or vegetable stock)
2 tsp. dill (substitute fresh if you have it and add much more)
2 Tbsp. basil (same as for the dill)
1/4 cup lime juice
Salt to taste

2 cucumbers
2 zucchini
4 ripe avocados
3-4 sweet peppers (I used orange)
1/2 large onion

Combine the olive oil, vinegar, miso, dill, basil, lime juice and salt in a bowl and stir to combine.  Set aside.  Coursely chop the cucumbers, zucchini, avocados, peppers, and onion and place them in a food processer (this will have to be done in at least 2 batches).  Pour 1/2 of the olive oil mixture (or less) in and process until only small chunks remain.  Process all the veggies to the same consistency and then pour it all into a large bowl.  If you want to eat it quickly, throw in several ice cubes and place the bowl in your freezer.  It should be nicely chilled this way in about 15 minutes. When you take it out, stir in or spoon out any ice cubes that haven’t melted.