A cold summer soup from The Perfect Peach. "With wild determination and some heat, a peach version of Spain's popular summer soup was born. Enjoy this savoury soup ice cold as a starter or as a refresher between courses."
6 soft to gushy peaches (about 2-1/2 lb.), peeled, pitted and quartered
1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp champagne or golden balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1/2 tsp coarse salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/2 to 3/4 cup water
2 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley
Red bell pepper slices and avocado slices, for garnish (optional)
Step 1: In a food processor, combine the peaches, cucumber, garlic, vinegar, oil, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup water and pulse until coarsely puréed. Thin with the remaining 1/4 cup water if needed for a good consistency. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to chill thoroughly.
Step 2: Just before serving, taste and adjust the seasoning with more vinegar, salt and pepper if needed. Stir in the cilantro. Ladle into bowls, drizzle each serving with a little oil, and garnish with the bell pepper and avocado. Serve at once.
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Reprinted with permission from Marcy, Nikiko and David Mas Masumoto's The Perfect Peach (2013 Ten Speed Press).