Green Gazpacho with Garlic Scapes and Pea Shoots

2017 0610 Green Gazpacho with Garlic Scapes and Pea ShootsOn the season’s first 95-degree day, everyone clamored for gazpacho. The quizzical looks when I served it told me they expected it to be red: pureed tomatoes with flecks of cucumbers, peppers, scallions and garlic. Nope. Too early for homegrown tomatoes, I said, but green gazpacho is just as good. They were convinced as soon as they tasted it since it had a familiar texture from the vegetables and tang from the sherry vinegar. And it was refreshingly cold.

This gazpacho makes use of our over-abundance of garlic scapes, as well as the first scallions and cucumbers of the season. A handful each of pea shoots and spinach leaves  kept the mixture looking bright green. Instead of the traditional addition of bread to smooth this out, I used a ripe avocado and a little plain yogurt. Though I was winging the ingredients, pureeing them in the food processor in batches, the two-hour chill allowed the flavors to meld together nicely into a memorable summer soup.

Green Gazpacho with Garlic Scapes and Pea Shoots

1 large cucumber, unpeeled if the skin is thing, seeded and chopped

3-4 scallions, white and tender green sections

1 c garlic scapes cut in short lengths

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

1 small bunch of parsley, including the tender stems

A few sprigs of mint and basil

A handful of pea shoots (or not)

About 2 c chopped spinach leaves, well washed, or use baby spinach

Flesh of 1 avocado

Water

½ c plain yogurt

2 tbsp sherry vinegar

Salt to taste

Puree the vegetables all together in a food processor, adding enough water to create a soupy consistency. You may need to do this in batches, placing the puree in a large bowl as you go Add the yogurt, stirring to combine well, the sherry vinegar and salt to taste. Chill for at least two hours. Serves 6-8.

Categories: Cucumbers, Garlic scapes, SoupTags: ,

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