Fresh Tomato & Strawberry Gazpacho

easy appetizer

I just made this summertime gazpacho and was delighted by it’s simplicity and refreshing flavor. Three basic ingredients burst with lip-smacking goodness. I can’t say that I would have put this combination together, but I am glad I did.

A recipe I saw in The French Kitchen Cookbook by Patricia Wells inspired me to think outside of the traditional Spanish gazpacho box. When attractively presented, it will be the talk of your next party. Even my husband who doesn’t like traditional gazpacho, loves this unique version. 

Tomato Strawberry Gazpacho | She Paused 4 Thought

Every time I make this I try to come up with new ways of presenting it. It just happens that I am obsessed with amuse bouche glasses. You can buy an assortment of mini glasses at Amazon or at your local Bed, Bath & Beyond.

I bought the ellipse mini glasses in Paris, but you can buy similar ones here. The Bamboo Knot Cocktail Picks can be purchased online as well.

Today Recipe:

This isn’t so much of a recipe as it is a ratio. Use equal amounts of  seasonally fresh tomatoes and organic strawberries. Add two teaspoons of good quality aged balsamic vinegar for each pound of fruit used.

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Tomato & Strawberry Gazpacho
Recipe type: appetizer
This recipe is a great way to start a summer meal. Garnish with strawberry or fresh mint.
  • 1 pound garden-fresh tomatoes, rinsed, cored and quartered. (do not peel)
  • 1 pound fresh organic strawberries, rinsed and stemmed
  • 2 teaspoons aged balsamic vinegar
  1. In a blender (or food processor), puree the tomatoes and strawberries. Add the vinegar and blend again. Taste, add more vinegar if needed. Chill throughly before serving. Serve in small, clear glasses as a refreshing appetizer.
Serves 8

Fun Fact:

The tomato was first cultivated by the Incas and was imported to Europe in the sixteenth century. It was at first considered an aphrodisiac, while in the north of France it was thought to be a poison.

Hmm… if you are alone, an aphrodisiac could seem like a poison.
 …and then she paused for thought.



16 thoughts on “Fresh Tomato & Strawberry Gazpacho

  1. Natalie

    I would have never thought to put that combo together either!!! I can just imagine perfectly, sun-ripened, summer tomatoes together with strawberries from the farmer down the block. I can see how the flavors would go so well together!!! The balsamic!??! Oh that’s the icing on the cake! I’m excited to try this!!

    1. cathyarkle Post author

      What a great idea Leslie. I think it would go great with crème fraîche. I would love to know if you could put it one of your cakes. Maybe a pound cake?

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  5. Suzanne

    I am going to try the recipie. I had something like it during my trip to Costa Rica. They served with a small scoop of basil ice cream and small seasoned croutons. Wonderful!


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