Geoffrey Zakarian makes his Red and White Gazpacho, as seen on The Kitchen, Season 31.
Recipe courtesy of Geoffrey Zakarian

Red and White Gazpacho

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 35 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
This refreshing chilled soup is based on a Spanish classic; white gazpacho, also known as Ajo Blanco. I used watermelon and apple in this recipe because I wanted to have a little fun with color and texture, and these two fruits eat well without turning the soup overly sweet. This gazpacho comes to play with sweet, sour and salty notes. Some gazpacho has bread blended into it, but this one is lighter, made with puréed almonds, and it is gluten free. I also garnished with fennel fronds, which really make it special.

Ingredients

Gazpacho:

Garnish:

Directions

  1. For the gazpacho: In a blender, combine the cucumbers, verjus blanc or grape juice, fennel, grapes, almonds, apples, honey, vinegar, lime juice and salt to taste. Purée until smooth. With the blender on low, stream in the olive oil to emulsify. Adjust the seasonings. Strain the soup through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl or large liquid measuring cup. If serving immediately, chill in an ice bath until cold. Otherwise, chill the soup in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Season with additional salt.
  2. Create small piles of the julienned watermelon and apples in the center of each of four bowls, then scatter the sliced grapes around the piles. Ladle the soup around the piles. Garnish with the fennel fronds. Serve immediately.