; Supermarket Serenade: Gazpacho and Avocado-lime Chicken Pitas

Monday, July 6, 2009

Gazpacho and Avocado-lime Chicken Pitas

Well I had every good intention of posting my Barefoot Blogger's Gazpacho before I left to go away, but you know how it goes...I mean I had to pack for everyone! So here it is now and as an added bonus I've included the recipe for a tasty little pita sandwich that I served with it.

The Gazpacho, the second of the June recipes for the Barefoot Bloggers was selected byMeryl of My Bit of Earth. Barefoot Bloggers are a group of bloggers that prepare two Ina Garten (aka: The Barefoot Contessa) recipes each month (unless you go away and then have to prepare 3 Ina Garten recipes in one month!).

So yeah, Gazpacho...cold tomato soup...hmmm. Well, because it was an Ina Garten recipe the flavors were really delicious, but I've got to tell you I'm not much for the cold soup thing. Hot, steamy July day withstanding, I'd still rather have my soup hot (which truthfully I did! I warmed up my little bowl in the microwave and served it just warm...and you know what...it was great!) The recipe for Ina's Gazpacho is here.
On the side I served a tasty little pita stuffed with chicken, broccoli slaw, avocado and tomato...it was the perfect accompaniment. Broccoli slaw is a delicious (and healthful) convenience I found in the produce aisle of the supermarket. It is a combination of shredded broccoli, cabbage and carrots all conveniently packaged and ready to eat.

I have long been a broccoli hater that has really wanted to be a broccoli at least liker, but I just haven't been able to stomach it. I know how good broccoli is for you and I really, really want to like it and this has made it almost possible! I love this stuff...it is fabulous tucked in a sandwich for a delicious, healthful crunch. I also love to quickly blanch it, season lightly with salt and pepper then serve it with grilled meats...simple and delicious!

Avocado-lime Chicken Pitas
1 avocado, seed removed, diced
8 grape tomatoes, very thinly sliced
1 cup broccoli slaw
1 cup small diced cooked chicken (such as leftover grilled or store-bought rotisserie)
4 basil leaves, very finely chopped
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 teaspoons red pepper flavored olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 small whole wheat pitas, split open

In a large bowl, combine the diced avocado, tomatoes, broccoli slaw, chicken, basil, lime juice, oil, kosher salt and pepper; stir gently to combine well.

Using a small spoon, stuff the pitas with the filling, evenly dividing.
Yield: 4 pita sandwiches


Lisa said...

Great summer meal! I am so behind on blogging that I have not done any BB posts lately:(

Aunt Julie said...

Wow, looks like a new dish I'll have to try! Listen, I wanted to introduce myself. I'm Aunt Julie, Veggie Mom's SIL. Veggie is retiring today as the proprietress at Eat Your Veggies! today, and I'm stepping in. I realize I have really BIG shoes to fill, but I'm up to the challenge. Please come by and wish Veggie a fond farewell on her last post. Look forward to seeing you over at my new place!

Veronica said...


Thanks for making me feel better about being a bad blogger! Blogging has taken a back seat lately...I'm going to try to be more diligent!;)

Barbara Bakes said...

I'll have to try this. I am a big fan of broccoli slaw too!

Mary said...

What a wonderful summer meal! Easy and tasty is a combination that's hard to beat.

Karen Harris said...

I love summer and this meal is one reason. It just looks delicious.

The Japanese Redneck said...

I'll have to say I've never had a cold soup. I like mine hot too. Broccoli slaw is great. Recipes look good.