We have learned so much about good food over the years from Guy’s sister Christine, one of the best cooks we know. This jade-green gazpacho exemplifies her style of cooking: healthy, beautiful, surprising, satisfying. She likes to garnish it with a swirl of plain yogurt, but we love the added crunch that comes from the fried nuts.
4 scallions, coarsely chopped
1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
1/2 to 1 jalapeño, chopped
1 plump garlic clove, chopped
1 cup water
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3 cups spinach leaves
1/2 cup cilantro
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/3 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
Combine the scallions, bell pepper, cucumber, jalapeño, garlic, water, 1/2 teaspoon cumin and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender. Pulse until the ingredients are almost smooth.
Add the spinach, cilantro, 2 tablespoons olive oil and the vinegar. Blend until the mixture is very smooth, adding a drop or two of water if necessary to thin the soup. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
Refrigerate until very cold.
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a small skillet over moderate heat. Add the almonds and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon cumin and fry, stirring frequently, until almonds are golden brown and nutty smelling, 3 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the nuts to a paper towel–lined plate to cool; season with salt.
Serve the gazpacho garnished with some of the fried almonds.
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Recipe reprinted from Onions, Etcetera by Kate Winslow and Guy Ambrosino. Copyright 2017, Burgess Lea Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group.
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