Light Gazpacho Broth
Inspired by gazpacho, this chilled broth is based on a vegetable puree and is a source of potassium and vitamins A and C.
- 5 ripe tomatoes, cored, 4 quartered and 1 diced for garnish
- 5 large radishes, 4 quartered and 1 julienned, for garnish
- 1 1/4 English cucumbers, peeled, 1 cut into chunks and 1/4 diced for garnish
- 1 1/2 yellow bell peppers, stemmed and seeded, 1 cut into chunks and 1/2 diced for garnish
- 1/2 medium fennel bulb, trimmed, cored, and cut into chunks
- 2 scallions, cut into 1-inch lengths
- 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus sprigs for garnish
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
- Cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon red-wine vinegar
Place 4 tomatoes in a blender, and then add 4 radishes, 1 cucumber, 1 bell pepper, the fennel, scallions, parsley, and lemon juice. Puree until very smooth, about 1 minute.
Line a large bowl with 3 layers of cheesecloth. Pour puree into the bowl, gather cheesecloth around puree, and tie into a bundle. Tie ends to a long wooden spoon, and balance spoon on the rim of a deep pot, suspending bundle in the pot. Refrigerate and strain for 2 hours to extract a clear broth.
Gently squeeze solids in cheesecloth to extract liquid. (You should have 4 cups liquid.) Discard solids.
Season broth with salt and cayenne pepper. Garnish with remaining tomato, radish, cucumber, bell pepper, and parsley. Drizzle with oil and vinegar, and serve cold.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, August 2008