Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins
NOTE TO THOSE WONDERING WHERE THE CRAB IS: Charley's Crab is a restaurant. This is not crab gazpacho but the gazpacho served at Charley's Crab restaurants. It's the best I've ever eaten. Try it, you'll love it. This is as close to the real Charley's Crab Gazpacho recipe as I'd think you can get without having the actual recipe. It tastes IDENTICAL and is quite simple. Tastes great all year as it uses canned tomatoes. Fabulous as a first course or a main dish with some grilled shrimp thrown in. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream, a few croutons and a cucumber spear. NOTE: This makes a huge recipe. EDITED TO ADD: Because Alan Leonetti is leaving retaliatory feedback on many of my recipes, I'd like to state here that CHARLEY'S CRAB is a RESTAURANT. I'd guess the crab is there. There is not supposed to be any crab in this recipe. It is exactly as the restaurant serves it and it is AWESOME, one of the most frequently ordered soups they offer.
- 2 cucumbers, peeled and diced
- 2 green peppers, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced (I use white or Vidalia)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 bunch parsley, chopped (I use Italian flat leaf)
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 4 cups tomato juice
- 1 1⁄2 cups Italian dressing (Use Wishbone.)
- salt and pepper (I only use pepper. No salt needed in my opinion.)
- Mix all ingredients.
- Serve chilled with a dollop of sour cream, a few croutons and a cucumber spear, if you wish.
This is my absolute favorite gazpacho of all time!! I had it at Charley's Crab in Palm Beach, FL years ago and came home immediately looking for the recipe. Thanks so much for posting it so that I could recreate it's freshy delicious goodness every summer!! It's even better with fresh out of the garden tomatoes instead of canned (when they're in season). LOVE IT!!!
Recipe adjust for vegan or family use: ? 6 large or 8 medium beefsteak tomatoes, cubed / chopped (you can ?extend? for large gatherings with canned finely chopped or small diced tomatoes) ? 2 medium cucumbers , peeled and diced ?(If you use English cucumbers, w/ no seeds; if used then you only need 1 as they are large) ? 1 large yellow pepper diced (or 6 small) ? 1 large orange pepper diced (or 6 small) ? 1 medium onion, diced (I like to use half a red onion and half a sweet white or Vidalia) ala Becky ? 2 garlic cloves , minced (I used 1 heaping tablespoon from the jar) as sometimes fresh is too strong ? 3 Tablespoons of fresh Basil, chopped (more is fine) ? 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro or parsley (more is fine) ? 1 cup tomato juice (more is fine) ? 1 cup Italian dressing, of your choice ? 2-3 Tablespoons of a very good Balsamic vinegar (I use Alessi VSOP 20yr old -black label) ala Becky ? salt and pepper to taste Note: I have served this for a luncheon dish - over cold rotini pasta as a "sauce" for it, and have added chilled sliced chicken but you could add a bean or protein of your choice instead...
Charlies Crab at St. Armand's Circle in Sarasota has been renamed, Crab and Fin. It still serves the same great gazpacho and all the other food I've had there is great also. I'll try this recipe soon.