Gazpacho and Garlic Shrimp with Cheese Toasts

by Lana Stuart on July 26, 2013 · 5 comments

Gazpacho with Garlic Shrimp and Cheese Toasts

Ah, summertime. Baseball and swimming. Catching fireflies. The smell of freshly-mown grass. Beach trips, picnics, and cook-outs. Hamburgers and hotdogs. And soup! Soup? Oh yeah, soup!

Most people think of soup as something you enjoy on chilly winter nights. We sometimes forget about all the fantastic cold soups that are perfect for this time of year. Like this gazpacho for instance. Packed full of fresh veggies, this beautiful cold gazpacho is refreshing and delicious. And it’s perfect to make when cranking up the stove would just make your kitchen too hot to bear. Toss the veggies in the food processor, blitz a few times, and there you have it…gazpacho! I did embellish this one with some shrimp sauteed with a little garlic and lemon and served it with cheese toasts alongside. It’s delicious on its own, but the shrimp and toasts really put it over the top.

So if it’s just too hot to cook at your house, try a cold soup. I’ve linked several more recipes at the end of this post that you might like to try, too.

Prepare garnish for gazpacho

Cut 8 of the grape tomatoes into quarters. Combine with 1/4 cup of diced cucumber, 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper, and 1/4 cup diced onion. Mix and set aside to use for garnish.

Put all ingredients for gazpacho in food processor

Combine remaining tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell pepper with 2 tablespoons of the oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, 2 of the garlic cloves, and drained San Marzano tomatoes in a food processor.

Pulsed veggies for gazpacho

Pulse until roughly chopped. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Cooking lemon-garlic shrimp

When ready to serve, combine the remaining tablespoon of oil, lemon juice, remaining garlic clove (finely minced), with the shrimp in a medium bowl. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.  Add the butter to a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring, about 4 minutes or until shrimp is done.

To serve: Ladle soup into serving bowls. Top with a few tablespoons of the garnish and several shrimp. Serve cheese toasts on the side.

For the cheese toasts: Preheat the broiler to high. Slice a traditional or whole wheat baguette into 8 slices. Place slices on a baking sheet. Broil for 2 or 3 minutes or until toasted. Remove from oven and sprinkle each slice with about 2 teaspoons of Pecorino Romano (or Parmesan) cheese. Broil 1 more minute or until the cheese is melted.

Enjoy!

Gazpacho and Garlic Shrimp with Cheese Toasts

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Gazpacho and Garlic Shrimp with Cheese Toasts

Fresh, summery gazpacho topped with buttery, garlic shrimp and served with cheese toasts.

Ingredients

  • 1 10 oz. container grape tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced cucumber
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 3/4 cup diced sweet onion
  • 3 tblsp. olive oil
  • 2 tblsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 3 small garlic cloves
  • 1 28 oz. can San Marzano tomatoes, drained
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 8 oz. peeled fresh shrimp
  • 2 tsp. butter

Instructions

  1. Cut 8 of the grape tomatoes into quarters. Combine with 1/4 cup of the cucumber, 1/4 cup of the red bell pepper, and 1/4 cup onion. Mix and set aside to use for garnish.
  2. Combine remaining tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell pepper with the 2 tablespoons of the oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, 2 of the garlic cloves, and San Marzano tomatoes in a food processor. Pulse until roughly chopped. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Combine the remaining tablespoon of oil, lemon juice, remaining garlic clove (minced), with the shrimp in a medium bowl. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Add the butter to a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring, about 4 minutes or until shrimp is done.
  4. To serve: Ladle soup into serving bowls. Top with a few tablespoons of the garnish and several shrimp.
  5. For the cheese toasts: Preheat the broiler to high. Slice a traditional or whole wheat baguette into 8 slices. Spread each slice with softened butter. Place slices on a baking sheet. Broil for 2 or 3 minutes or until toasted. Remove from oven and sprinkle each slice with about 2 teaspoons of Pecorino Romano (or Parmesan) cheese. Broil 1 more minute or until the cheese is melted.

Notes

Adapted from Cooking Light.

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1 Amanda July 28, 2013 at 7:54 am

oh my gosh, that must be sooo refreshing! What a fabulous dish Lana!

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2 Lana Stuart July 29, 2013 at 8:58 am

Thanks, Amanda. It’s the perfect summer lunch for me. Great to take on a picnic, too.

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3 Kristen Duke July 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Sounds so yummy! I will be trying this one out soon!

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4 Lana Stuart July 30, 2013 at 8:35 am

Thank you, Kristen. Hope you enjoy it.

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5 Terra July 30, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I am not a huge gazpacho person, but I do love the idea of mixing all these flavors together. They do sound like a fun refreshing summer dinner! Happy Anniversary, here’s to 25 more wonderful years! Hugs, Terra

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