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Green Gazpacho – A Dive into Freshness

I think that this week is going to be the Could Soups/Puree week! Monday: Carrot’s Puree, Wednesday: Green Gazpacho and Friday: Ajo blanco, a typical Spanish dish, original from Andalusia, as Gazpacho is, but made out of Almonds, garlic and bread.

Back to our Green Dive, have it as a first dish or appetizer or just to keep the heat away. This is my first time using a bulb fennel, but I’ve seen in your blogs that is not unknown to you.

Fennel is a herb that connects me to my childhood, its smell takes me back to green fields with uptight little snails in fennel branches and butterflies all over and me running and capturing them! However, I never used it in my kitchen, but there’s always a first time for everything!

Ingredients for 4 servings: 4 celery branches (the whiter ones and no leaves), 1 fennel bulb, 2 cucumbers, 30 grs. of pine nuts, 2 tablespoons of honey, 8 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 2 branches of fresh mint, salt and black ground pepper.

  • Clean the celery branches and cut in small pieces, peel the cucumbers and cut too, cut the fennel bulb and the mint leaves.
  • Place in a food processor and blend until you get a fine texture. You might need to add some water (I added 1 glass).
  • Pour the honey and the pine nuts and blend it.
  • Sift it so that you get a thick soup or a light puree.
  • Add the olive oil and stir (do not use the food processor).
  • Add salt and black ground pepper to fit your taste.
  • Place in the fridge and add a mint leave on top. Serve cold.

Enjoy it!

I’m submitting this recipe to Grace’s blog: A Southern Grace and her Event – Beat the Heat (what a great idea!). I can’t wait to see the round-up full of fresh recipes to help pass the summer heat. Hey! Head over her blog and contribute with a summer recipe :D


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07/23/2008 · 10:13 h by Peter G

Another sopa served with deliciousness! This is a great idea Nuria..and the colour is beautiful. Bring on the Ajo Blanco…I can’t wait chica!

07/23/2008 · 11:50 h by Peter M

Hey girl…it must be “gaga for Gazpacho” week…the white one sounds delish. We make a cold cucumber soup called Tarator with lots of garlic and bread…long live garlic!

07/23/2008 · 12:36 h by Bellini Valli

I wish I were enjoying this right now Nuria:D

07/23/2008 · 15:46 h by [eatingclub] vancouver || js

I love this concept of a green gazpacho! Lovely colour, cool and minty. How refreshing. Must try this soon.

07/23/2008 · 18:52 h by Núria

Hola Peter! Don’t know what I enjoy the most: cooking, taking pictures, blogging or waiting for your comments and answering them… thanks! :D :D :D

Yes Peter Minakis, this is the week of the cold soups!!! I think you will love Ajo blanco… but you’ll have to cook it to know… will you? ;-)

Hey Val, I told you many times: you are superwelcome here!!!

Hola EatingClub! Yes, only by watching at it you can feel the freshness… plus it’s more than easy and quick :D

07/23/2008 · 23:08 h by Jen of A2eatwrite

I’ve only had it once, but I loved Ajo Blanco! So refreshing. This looks lovely – I wonder if I could get over my fennel aversion to try it.

07/24/2008 · 0:00 h by Elly

Mmm, more like the “Delicious Week!” Of course, every week in your kitchen is delicious, Nuria :)

07/24/2008 · 2:10 h by glamah16

You are putting that blender to good use! What great soups you are turning out.

07/24/2008 · 4:42 h by Psychgrad

Perfect submission for Grace’s event.

07/24/2008 · 7:35 h by Núria

Hola Jen! The fennel flavour doesn’t stand out among the others, I think that you don’t feel it too strong :D.

Wow! seems that everybody knows about Ajo Blanco!!!!

Thanks so much Elly! That’s what my man thinks too ;-)… he, he, he.

Hola Courtney! Miss Shinny is doing such a great job!!! I’m so happy with her :D

Thanks Psychgrad :D

07/24/2008 · 12:08 h by Ivy

I made Tarator, the cold soup Peter mentions last week, but don’t know if I’ll find time to post it as I will be leaving for a few days. Gazpacho sounds terrific for a hot day.

07/24/2008 · 15:43 h by Grace

although i’ve never had anything even remotely like this, it just sounds incredible. the pine nuts. the mint. the honey. nicely done, and thanks for sending it my way! :)

07/24/2008 · 16:27 h by Núria

Hey Ivy :D. This Greek soup Tarator sounds great too for the hot days! Enjoy your spare days and relax your hands and fingers from cooking and blogging ;-)

Thank you Grace! It’s a pleasure to participate in your event :D

07/25/2008 · 0:29 h by Susan from Food Blogga

Fennel, honey, and pinenuts sounds splendid together, Nuria.

07/25/2008 · 5:29 h by Katie

Ah, Núria, how delicious that sounds! It is hot where I live now and I have been craving cold soup for lunch and dinner and fruit juice with my breakfast for days and days. I’ll have to give this recipe a try!

07/25/2008 · 8:46 h by Núria

I just felt you would love this one, Susan :D

Hola Katie! Here is hot and humit, something I cannot stand! and this cold soups really help to pass the heat :D. Hope you enjoy it!!!

07/28/2008 · 2:10 h by Krysta

this is perfect for grace’s event… sinceit’s been so hot here, i think i will have to make this.

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