Grilled Shrimp Gazpacho

Blend the flavors of summer in this light, refreshing meal.
Text and recipes by Julia Rutland

1 garlic clove, chopped
½ yellow bell pepper, cut into pieces
½ red bell pepper, cut into pieces
½ English cucumber, cut into pieces
½ small sweet onion, cut into pieces
¼ cup loosely packed fresh basil
1 tablespoon seafood seasoning
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 yellow tomatoes, seeded and cut into pieces
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Combine garlic and next 7 ingredients in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Add tomatoes to food processor, and process until almost smooth. Stir tomatoes into vegetable mixture. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Toss shrimp in olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat 3 to 5 minutes or until done. Pour soup into bowls; top with shrimp. Makes 2 entrée or 4 side dish servings.

SERVE
Grilled Buttered French Bread Croutons
Brush 2 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil over 6 slices French bread. Grill until toasted. For extra flavor, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon fresh herbs before grilling.

POUR
The affordable Chilean Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc makes a balanced companion to almost any seafood appetizer―and such a nice aperitif you may need an extra bottle for the meal.

Another complement to light fare is San Angelo Pinot Grigio from Italy. If you're in the mood to experiment, try Stonehaven Winemakers Selection Riesling from Australia. This dry white exhibits citrus characteristics that pair well with the smoky grilled shrimp.