I had my first vegan gazpacho at Chef José Andrés’ Spanish tapas restaurant, Jaleo (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas) few months ago. The gazpacho is a classic Spanish soup that is traditionally served cold. In these blazing summer days, we came across an article on a watermelon gazpacho recipe by Mark Bittman, The New York Times Magazine, July 21st, 2013. It is vegan, raw gluten-free and soy-free. The recipe has just four simple ingredients: watermelon, tomatoes, garlic and lemon juice.
We also used organic and non-GMO finger limes for the watermelon gazpacho from Frieda’s Inc, commonly known as “citrus caviar”, which are now in season, through December (summer and fall). A native of Australia, they are organically grown in California in three different retail pack sizes: 50g, 4-ounce and 8-ounce clamshells. Their skin can range from dark greenish to rusty red color. Inside of the elongated finger limes, there are translucent, greenish-white to pinkish caviar-like bubbles that will pop on the tongue with a citrus lemon-lime tartness. The finger limes can be used as a topping or garnish in a variety of dishes from sweet to savory. Click here to learn more about Frieda’s Inc finger limes. For purchase, contact Frieda’s Inc here.
where to purchase finger limes
Frieda’s Inc. Organic Finger Limes are available in a few fine grocery stores across the country. Please ask the produce manager in your local store for the finger limes and let Frieda’s Inc. know when you do at firstname.lastname@example.org. You might find other finger limes at Whole Foods, however they wouldn’t be organic or come from Frieda’s Inc.
So in the this post, I will be sharing a recipe with all of you: Watermelon Gazpacho with Finger Limes. The gazpacho is raw, vegan, gluten-free and soy-free. The finger limes provide a bit of texture and tangy citrus flavor to the sweet and savory gazpacho.
To store finger limes: refrigerate, tightly covered for 2-3 weeks. The finger limes lasts me about 2 weeks and they are pretty tasty on its own (a natural and healthier version of “Sour Patch” candies).
To store the gazpacho: refrigerate, tightly covered for 1 week. Make sure you’ve cold-pressed olive oil and salt for seasoning.
Curious about the glasses I used in my photos? These are Bodum Pavina Double-Wall Espresso/Shot Thermo Glasses and pretty useful for gazpacho shots.
Bodum Pavina Double Wall Glass
In a food processor or blender, pulse watermelon, tomatoes, garlic, lime/lemon juice, salt and pepper until combined, add a bit of ice.
Let mixture chill in refrigerator for 3-4 hours or overnight.
To serve, garnish with fresh basil, pulp of finger limes, and a drizzle of olive oil.
Adapted from Mark Bittman, "Watermelon, Man", The New York Times Magazine (July 21, 2013)
Keeping: To store the gazpacho, refrigerate, tightly covered for 1 week.