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Rick Martinez’s Gaspacho Moreliano Recipe: The Perfect Summer Side Dish

OXO Chef in Residence Rick Martinez is known for his personal takes on the rich diversity of Mexican cuisine and this recipe, from his new cookbook Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in Mexico, is no exception.

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Bursting with fruit flavors, this gaspacho is not the chilled veggie-filled summer soup you’re thinking of—that’s gazpacho with a z. This version, Gaspacho Moreliano, has chopped mango, pineapple, and jicama in an orange-lime dressing, topped with fresh mint, Cotija cheese, and lime slices. It’s the perfect light and delicious summer side dish for a cookout or dinner al fresco.

Still hungry? Try Rick’s Fideos con Pollo recipe for dinner, followed by his Double Dutch Chocolate Cookies for dessert.

From Rick:

“When I started to write this headnote, my mouth began to water. West of Mexico City, in the city of Morelia, there is an area in el Centro, the historic district, near the cathedral where gaspacho (yes, it’s spelled with an s) stands line the streets. Young men were working below each gaspacho sign, meticulously and quickly cutting not tomatoes and red bell peppers to make the famously chilled Spanish gazpacho soup, but instead mango, jícama, and pineapple into tiny and perfect cubes to make gaspacho, a sweet and salty fruit snack.

By midday, the streets are filled with people carrying large plastic cups mounded with tiny cut fruit and topped with chile and queso Cotija.

Gaspacho showcases the incredibly sweet mangoes that grow in the state and Cotija, the salty-sharp cheese that is produced there as well. My version is more like a summery side dish than a grab-and-go midday snack. Since I really don’t want to spend a lot of time cubing fruit, I use larger slices. I love gaspacho so much that I pair it with everything from grilled meat to fish.”

Rick Martinez’s Gaspacho

Directions:

1.
In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the oil, lime juice, orange zest, orange juice, garlic, chile de árbol, and salt until the salt has dissolved.
2.
In a large bowl, gingerly toss the mango, pineapple, jícama, onion, mint, and half of the dressing. Let sit for 5 minutes to let flavors come together.
3.
Serve with any additional dressing drizzled over and top with the Cotija, Tajín, and a squeeze of lime juice.

Reprinted with permission from Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in Mexico by Rick Martinez copyright © 2022. Photographs copyright © 2022 by Ren Fuller. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

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Rick's book is filled with 104 recipes inspired by traveling around Mexico. He cooked his way through the country, meeting people, learning new skills and tasting all along the way.

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