Chilled White Grape and Almond Gazpacho in white bowl edged with blue and yellow pattern, with green grapes and olive oil garnish. Green grapes and almonds on the foreground and books at the back including Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk
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Ajo Blanco - a No cook White Grape and Almond Gazpacho

Chilled White Grape and Almond Gazpacho: As in the traditional recipes for Ajo Blanco, fresh green grapes, olive oil, day old white bread and garlic are pureed together to make this refreshing soup.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time1 hr 17 mins
Course: soups stews
Cuisine: spanish
Servings: 2 portion
Author: Sujata Shukla

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Almonds Blanched
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup white bread (pieces)
  • 1 cup Grapes Green seedless
  • 1 cup cucumber
  • 1 cup white grape juice or ice cold water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper Ground
  • Almonds for Garnish
  • Grapes for Garnish

Instructions

  • The white grape juice or water used to make the soup should be ice cold in temperature.
  • Peel and slice the Cucumber, mince the parsley. Select white bread that is about a day old, remove the crust and tear to pieces. 1 used 2 slices of bread. You may substitute sherry vinegar for the white wine vinegar.
  • Blanch the almonds (check the link in the notes below and in the introduction above, for How to Blanch Almonds) The almonds must be blanched, otherwise the colour of the soup will change from white to a pale brown and both taste and texture will be affected. Reserve a few of the blanched almonds and grapes for garnish.
  • Grind the rest of the blanched almonds into a powder.
  • Soak the bread for about 30 seconds in just enough water to cover it, squeeze lightly and add to the almond powder in the food processor. Add the garlic, cucumber, grapes, parsley and vinegar into the food processor. Run the processor for 30 seconds.
  • Add the olive oil and half the cold grape juice (or water), the salt and pepper and run the processor till the soup is blended. You may need to blend the soup in batches, as the liquids may overflow during processing. Add the rest of the grape juice (or water) till the soup reaches the consistency you are comfortable with.
  • I like a little texture in my soups, so that they don't turn out like smoothies, so I added a few grapes and almonds in the end, running the processor for just 10 seconds.
  • Remove the soup from the processor and chill, covered, in the fridge, for at least an hour, until ready to serve.
  • Serve cold, garnished with slices of grape, sliced almonds and extra virgin olive oil drizzled on top.

Notes

To know How to Blanch Almonds, please click here and see my instructions in the first part of the recipe for Almond Jam Sandwiches.