• Berries are the fruit we all crave, all summer long. And while we’re sure no one would complain if you tossed them in a bowl and called it a day this 4th of July, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie recipe from the EyeSwoon archives to help crank up the swoon factor instead. It’s incredibly easy to prepare — 10 minutes of cooking, 15 minutes of cooling and you’re ready to dig in. With the red-white-and-blue combo of blackberries, raspberries and coconut ice cream, it’s a definite crowd-pleaser and about as festive as it gets!

Berry Coconut Gazpacho With Purple Basil

adapted from bon appétit

  • Ingredients

    • Serves 4

      • 3 cups mixed berries (about 1 lb) raspberries, blackberries, blueberries
      • 2 tablespoons sugar
      • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
      • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
      • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
      • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
      • 3 sprigs purple basil, torn into pieces, plus small leaves for garnish
      • Extra-virgin olive oil (for drizzling)
      • Freshly ground black pepper & Maldon sea salt
      • Coconut ice cream
  • The Prep

      • Combine first 7 ingredients in a medium heatproof bowl; toss to coat. Place over a large saucepan of simmering water; cook for 10 minutes. If using blackberries or blueberries cook separate to not darken the vibrant fuchsia color of sauce.
      • Let cool for 15 minutes, then chill until cold. Strain the sauce and set aside. Berries and sauce can be prepared 1 day in advance and kept chilled.
      • Divide juice to fill the bottom of individual bowls, place fruit atop. Drizzle with oil, garnish with purple basil leaves and pepper + sea salt, and top with a scoop of coconut ice cream.


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