Aren’t you just loving all of the big juicy heirloom tomatoes in the farmer’s markets lately? This heirloom tomato gazpacho with shishito peppers takes full advantage of the rich juicy flavors.
If you love shishito peppers, you will want to check out my best gluten free shishito pepper recipes too!
Gazpacho is one of my favorite summer soups. I used to think a cold soup was odd, but I was at a fundraiser in a park a few years ago and one of the booths had chilled soup shots.
The soup looked so pretty in the fancy shot glasses and it was so hot outside I decided to be brave and give it a try…I have been a cold soup lover ever since. If you want to try some great cold soups, you will want to check out these amazing gluten free cold soup recipes.
You can find heirloom tomatoes in every shape and color from deep red to vibrant yellow, striped green, to deep purple. Heirloom tomatoes are full of flavor, and so much better than regular tomatoes.
For this recipe, I used a combination of red and yellow heirloom tomatoes. The flavor is sweet, with a hint of spice from the shishito peppers.
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I have a love affair with shishito peppers. I couldn’t resist adding these to my gazpacho. Their mild peppery flavor gives this gazpacho just the right amount of zing, without being spicy.
How to saute shishito peppers:
Saute shishito peppers and olive oil in a cast-iron skillet on medium heat. Allow skins to blister. Remove the stems and allow to cool. Add to the tomatoes and other ingredients in your Vitamix or blender. The Vitamix blends this soup in just seconds!
What are your favorite pepper recipes? Would shishito pepper substitute for a new fun way to enjoy it?
Now all you have to do is serve it up. I garnished my soup with feta and chopped fresh shishito peppers. Feel free to spice it up by adding sliced jalapeños!
Are heirloom tomatoes sweeter than regular tomatoes?
It really depends on how ripe your tomatoes are, and what variety you are about to eat. I feel like heirloom tomatoes have a much more intense flavor than regular “hothouse” type tomatoes.
What do you serve with gazpacho?
My favorite thing to serve with gazpacho is a good dipping bread. Try one of these breads with your gazpacho:
- This gluten free focaccia bread is delicious dipped into this soup.
- Why not try this savory gluten free cheddar scone recipe? It is perfect for dipping.
- Gluten free cornbread is perfect to serve with gazpacho.
Can you freeze gazpacho?
You can definitely freeze gazpacho, but it may thaw with a slightly different texture. Make sure to freeze it in an air-tight container.
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How to make heirloom tomato gazpacho:
- 2 1/2 cups tomato juice, I tossed heirloom tomatoes into my Vitamix and liquified them to make my juice
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 6 large shishito peppers
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/3 cup onion
- 1 cup chopped heirloom tomatoes
- salt and pepper to taste
- In my vitamix I liquified heirloom tomatoes (about 3 large) I ended up with 2 1/2 cups of juice.
- Add oil, garlic, and vinegar.
- Pulse medium speed until garlic is ground up.
- Add tomatoes, onion, and peppers.
- Pulse on low speed until tomatoes, onion, and peppers are coarse and chunky.
- Serve chilled.
- Garnish with feta and cilantro.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 503mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 4gSugar: 19gProtein: 4g