There’s nothing more refreshing then a fresh, juicy peach!
By: Jodie Shield, RD
One of my favorite things that I do as a registered dietitian nutritionist is analyze recipes for the Chicago Tribune’s Good Eating section. I have been doing this for 19 years – yikes! Time flies when you’re having fun. Many of you have asked me which recipes are my favorites. So I thought I would start sharing some of them with you. Since the peaches are so awesome this time of year, here’s a Peach Gazpacho recipe – an interesting twist on traditional tomato gazpacho. The Chicago Tribune didn’t grill the peaches but I did, and the smoky taste was outstanding! Try my Peach Upside-Down Cakes and Mini Peach Cobbler recipes, too.
Grilled Peach Gazpacho
Makes 8 servings
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Chilling time: 2 hours
6 soft to gushy peaches (about 2 ½ pounds)
½ cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon Champaign vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
½ teaspoon coarse salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ to ¾ cup water
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
Red bell pepper and avocado slices optional
- Carefully toss whole peaches on a hot grill and cook until slightly charred, about 5-8 minutes. Set them aside. (You can skip this step if you want.) When cool, peel, pit, and quarter the peaches.
- Combine the peaches, cucumber, garlic, vinegar, oil, salt, pepper, and ½ cup water in a food processor; pulse until coarsely pureed. Thin with the remaining cup of water if needed. Transfer to a bowl; cover. Chill at least 2 hours.
- Just before serving, taste and adjust seasoning with more vinegar, salt and pepper if needed. Stir in cilantro. Ladle into bowls. Drizzle with a little oil; garnish with bell pepper and avocado slices.
Nutrition Information per cup:
87 calories, 1.5 grams protein, 14 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fat, 0.5 grams saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 2 grams dietary fiber, 120 milligrams sodium