Gazpacho: A Delicious Labor Day Party Recipe

If you are throwing a Labor Day party for friends, family, or neighbors, try this delicious gazpacho recipe! Traditional gazpacho soup is not only cool and refreshing, but it's also relatively figure-friendly.  
Gazpacho is essentially a chilled tomato and vegetable soup that is a cool summer classic. It is the perfect compliment to any Labor Day party menu that your guests will love! Here is how to make this delicious Labor Day party gazpacho soup recipe:
  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • One large bottle of your favorite tomato juice
  • One medium-sized bottle of vegetable juice (V8 works well here)
  • One red pepper
  • One green pepper
  • One cucumber
  • Six skinless tomatoes
  • One bunch of scallions
To begin, pour the tomato and vegetable juices into a large plastic bowl. If you prefer your food a little spicier, use V8’s spicy vegetable juice to add a little kick. Next, dice the peppers, cucumber (having removed their seeds) and scallions and add them to the bowl.
In order to remove the tomato skins, drop them in boiling water for a few seconds, then run the tomatoes under cold water while you peel away the skins. They should come off easily. Next, remove the tomato seeds and chop the tomatoes into small pieces, then add them to the bowl. Add the olive oil and the balsamic vinegar to the mixture as well. Stir well.
For guests who prefer smoother soups, take about 3/4 of the chopped vegetables from the bowl (with some of the juice) and blend them together in a food processor. This leaves a few bite-sized vegetables in the gazpacho but will ensure that the soup isn't too chunky.
For an extra spicy gazpacho soup, chop one habanera pepper (being careful to remove its seeds and wash your hands very well afterwards) and add it to a little bit of the veggie blend left in the food processor. Be sure to blend this part of the soup extremely well, since the last thing you want is for a party guest to get a large chunk of pepper. Add the mixture little by little, so as not to over-spice the soup, and stir well.
The result should be a delicious, fresh tasting soup. Let the gazpacho sit for at least 24 hours before serving, so that the delicious vegetable flavors really have a chance to blend. To serve, ladle the gazpacho into bowls with a dollop of sour cream and several slices of avocado at the bottom, and if your feeling particularly decadent, chop up bite-sized pieces of buttery garlic bread and add those as well.
Whatever other Labor Day party recipes your decide to serve this weekend, be sure to relax and soak in those last moments of summer before life gets busy again.
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