TGI Friday's Gazpacho

TGI Friday’s Gazpacho

1 cup tomato juice or V8 (for an additional vegetable kick)
1 teaspoon Tabasco
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 fresh squeezed lemon
2 medium size carrots, washed, peeled and rough chopped
1 red onion, washed, peeled and rough chopped*
2 medium size green peppers
2 to 3 ribs celery, washed and rough chopped
2 large ripe tomatoes
1 medium size cucumber, washed, peeled and seeded

Amount of onion, green pepper and celery should be about the same.

Place all vegetables and seasoning (except salt) in blender in order as they appear and add 1 cup of tomato juice. Blend for 20 seconds to chop vegetables into small pieces (do not puree vegetables - Gazpacho should be like a small-diced salsa).

Add remaining juice and allow to sit in refrigerator for 4 hours for flavors to blend. Taste and add salt as needed. Serve well-chilled and garnish with a lime and fresh ground pepper.