Photographer: Kristin Celeste Shroeger
Northern Michigan Recipes: The Intentional Minimalist blogger Kristin Celeste utilizes fresh, local seasonal produce in her Cherry Gazpacho. Featuring ingredients from 9 Bean Rows Farm, Black Star Farms, Isadore Farm, Spring Hollow Farms and Wild Things Forager this refreshing new way to enjoy Northern Michigan cherries is sweet, spicy, and more than slightly addictive.
Look for more of Kristin's fresh and tasty recipes on her blog The Intentional Minimalist!
Farm fresh local cherries
Farm fresh local cucumber
Farm fresh local wild leek bulbs
Farm fresh local jalapeno
Farm fresh local cilantro
Wild leek infused olive oil (recipe link)
Local wild leek blossoms
Remove pits from two cups cherries and place in the glass base of the blender. Remove skin from two cups cucumber and add to blender. Slice one quarter cup wild leek bulbs and add to blender. Remove seeds from one quarter cup jalapeno and add to blender. Wash cilantro, remove leaves from stems and add one cup to blender.
Zest lime and add to blender. Juice lime and add to blender. Add six tablespoons wild leek oil, four tablespoons verjus and one quarter teaspoon sea salt to blender. Turn on blender for thirty seconds then scrape down sides of blender. Taste and adjust salt as desired and blend for an additional fifteen seconds.
Ladle gazpacho into bowls and garnish with wild leek blossoms and a pinch of sea salt.