John and I have a favorite lunch spot in Colorado Springs--Margarita at Pine Creek. We always always order their gazpacho (lunch includes soup, entree, and dessert!) and it is AMAZING. I tried the Pioneer Woman's recipe for gazpacho but we like this one from my neighbor the best. SO yummy. SO healthy. And such a great way to get your serving of veggies!
1 medium cucumber, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 green pepper, coarsely chopped
1 red onion, coarsely chopped
4 roma tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped (add to boiling water for 3-4 minutes, remove, and skin will peel off easily)
28 oz can whole plum tomatoes, puree in food processor or blender (or use canned diced tomatoes)
1 small can chopped green chilies, undrained
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 cups V-8 juice (I used spicy hot but you can use regular or a mix of hot/regular)(start with one cup of V-8 and add more at the end to make thinner if desired)
2 tsp salt
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp hot sauce (optional)
Combine in large glass (not metal) bowl and stir well. Refrigerate for 2 hours for flavors to combine. Serve cold.