Gazpacho Without the Tomatoes

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
20 min

Yield:
about 4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 1 inch thick slices French bread, crusts removed
  • Cold water
  • 2 ounces blanched whole almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 3 kirby cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Champagne or rice vinegar
  • Pinch sugar
  • 1 to 2 scallions, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups (more or less) iced cold water
  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • Garnish: seeded finely diced cucumber, chives and finely diced seeded red bell pepper
Directions

Soak the slices of bread in cold water. When tender, squeeze the bread to express the water. In a food processor puree until smooth the almonds, pepper, cucumbers, vinegar, sugar, scallions and olive oil. Slowly add the ice water until you reach the consistency you like; season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill, covered, until serving time; garnish with cucumber, chives and bell pepper.


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