Author Anya von Bremzen makes her vibrant tomato-based gazpacho with beets, so it’s reminiscent of cold borscht. The texture should be smooth and velvety (“not chunky,” she insists). Garnishes can include crunchy pistachios or tiny croutons.

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  • 2 medium beets (10 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 pounds medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 slices of white sandwich bread, crusts discarded and bread torn
  • 1 sweet Italian frying pepper, stemmed, seeded and chopped
  • 2 Persian cucumbers—1 peeled and chopped, 1 cut into thin slices
  • 1 1/2 cups raspberries
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • Small mint leaves, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. On a large piece of foil, drizzle the beets with olive oil and season with salt; wrap tightly and bake for 1 hour, until tender. Let the beets cool slightly, then rub off the skins with a paper towel. Cut one beet into 1/4-inch dice and reserve for garnish.

  2. Chop the remaining beet and transfer to a large glass bowl. Add the tomatoes, bread, pepper, chopped cucumber, berries, shallot, vinegar, garlic and 1/4 cup of the oil. Stir in a generous pinch of salt and let stand at room temperature, stirring, until the tomatoes release their juices and the bread is very soft, 30 minutes. Stir in 2 cups of water.

  3. Working in batches, ladle the mixture into a blender and puree until very smooth. Strain the soup through a coarse sieve into a large bowl or pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 2 hours.

  4. Whisk the remaining 1/4 cup of oil into the soup; season with salt. Ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish with mint, the diced beet and sliced cucumber, drizzle with oil and serve.

Suggested Pairing

The raspberries make this gazpacho a great candidate for a robust, berry-scented rosé.

Contributed By Photo © Fredrika Stjärne Published September 2013

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