CSA Adventures Week 10 – Tomato Gazpacho

Here we are at week 10 of our CSA share and I think we finally might have all our veggies eaten before the next pick-up. Hooray!

This week’s share is:

  • 1.5 lbs of eggplant
  • 1.5 lbs of carrots
  • 4 lbs of heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 quart of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of scallions
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 bunch of garlic
  • 1 quart of beans
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 head of lettuce

Week 10’s Share

This week’s meal plan includes: chicken salad, tomato gazpacho, sautéed swiss chard, lightly boiled green beans, and carrots and cherry tomatoes for snacks. The zucchini was given to our neighbors as a gift. I need to come up with something creative to do with the eggplant, scallions, and parsley. Hmm…

This week, we got a recipe for tomato gazpacho in our weekly CSA e-mail. Since we were inundated with heirloom tomatoes, it seemed like a good recipe to try!

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs heirloom tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 Tbsp, plus 1/2 tsp, kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 5 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp minced fresh thyme
  • 2 Tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 2 cups cubed French bread
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • Fresh pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • In a food processor, combine the onion, lemon juice, salt, parsley, thyme, garlic, vinegar, and bread.
  • Puree until the mixture is smooth, about 2-3 minutes
  • Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula and process another 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, cucumber, and bell pepper.
  • Puree until the mixture is completely smooth, about 2-4 minutes.
  • Season with pepper.
  • Transfer the soup to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour up to 1 day.
  • Enjoy!

Tomato Gazpacho

We made this for lunch today, along with BLTs. My brother and sister-in-law joined us and they said it was good, as did P. I found it to be too salty, and I didn’t add the extra 1/2 tsp. I think maybe I should have packed the bread tighter into the measuring cup, maybe that would have helped to absorb some of the salt. Later, P admitted he found it too “runny” and he would have preferred it chunkier. I also realized as I was typing this up that I forgot the vinegar. Oops! We’ll make this again in the future though, reducing the salt and probably mixing instead of pureeing it.

As always, I’m linking up to the “What’s in the Box?” party over at In Her Chucks.

 

 

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