Friday, 15 August 2014

Gazpacho - A Lovely Summer Soup

When I was younger, my mom found this wonderful recipe for Gazpacho and we made it regularly during the summer. I LOVE this soup. It is a wonderful, cold soup - perfect for those hot days when you don't feel like heating up your kitchen. It is refreshing, light and full of all kinds of healthy! Serve it as an appetizer or as a light meal with a whole grain pita and a bean salad. YUM! All you need is a good knife, a peeler, a blender and a fridge. Sadly, our family recipe went missing so I set out to re-create the recipe of my childhood. I believe I have succeeded!

Start by preparing your veggies.  Peel your cucumber, halve and clean out the ribs and seeds from your peppers, trim your green onions and celery. Chop everything in a medium dice.
Throw the chopped vegetables into the blender. Add 3 cups of the tomato juice to start.

Peel and mince the garlic clove. Measure out your olive oil, red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper. Add it to your blender.

Blitz everything until a uniform soup results. Depending on the size of your blender, you may have to do this in two batches. Transfer the gazpacho to a container to store in the refrigerator.  I prefer glass, but that's just me. Use whatever container you have on hand.  Add more tomato juice as necessary to get the soup consistency you enjoy. You can add the additional tomato juice to the soup in your storage container and shake or whisk it in. I like my gazpacho to be fairly "fluidic" so I have used as much as 5 cups of tomato juice, but I always start at 3 cups and add a little more at a time to get the best consistency. I like to chill this soup at least 3 hours or over night to let the flavours combine. The soup keeps well for several days too, so you can snack on the left overs.  I even found out that I could pour it into single servings (not the added veggies though - add those at serving time) and freeze the soup. Once thawed in the fridge, the gazpacho is as tasty as
 freshh! Who knew?

At serving time, finely dice the remaining cucumber, red and green peppers and a medium tomato of your choice. 

Pour the soup into your serving bowls and sprinkle the finely diced veggies into each of the bowls evenly. If you like, you can add one extra drizzle of olive oil too.


A wonderful summer soup, refreshing yet substantial. This recipe serves 6-8 people.


  • 1 can of Roma tomatoes – 796 mL (in season Roma tomatoes , 5 or so fresh, skinned and seeded, could be substituted)   
  • 1 sweet red pepper, halved and seeded                                    
  • 1 green pepper, halved and seeded
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 green onions, green and white parts
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 good sized garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 3 to 4 cups tomato juice (approximately)
  • 1 generous pinch or 2 of a good quality salt                                    
  • A few grinds of pepper
  • 1 medium tomato (garnish)


  • Reserve the other halves of the red, and green peppers, and cucumber for garnish at serving time.
  • Roughly chop the cucumber, red and green peppers and green onions.
  • Finely dice the celery.
  • Add all chopped veggies, canned tomatoes, 2 cups of tomato juice, vinegar, oil, garlic, salt and pepper to the blender. Blend on high. Do in 2 batches if necessary.
  • Pour the soup into a large pitcher. Check the consistency of the soup, Add the remainder of the tomato juice, more if required; stir well and chill for several hours – minimally 3 hours, but preferably over night so the garlic mellows a bit!

  • Finely dice the reserved red and green peppers, cucumber and the tomato.
  • Pour the soup into bowls, sprinkle with a generous serving of diced veggies.
  • If you want, you can drink this soup as a quick snack, simply by pouring just the soup into a tall glass. Such a speedy way to get a whole bunch of goodness. Who needs V-8?


  1. Looks fantastic! Wishing for some hotter weather so maybe I can make this! Pictures are fantastic, too. From Mel!!

  2. Fantastic post - love it!! Great photos, clear instructions. Now all I need is some hot weather. And a Corona.


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