This classic Gazpacho is a wonderfully refreshing chilled summer soup which is full of flavour and requires no cooking!
This Gazpacho is a wonderfully refreshing chilled summer soup, based on the classic version from the Andalusian region in Spain.
Although throughout Spain there are many regional variations of gazpacho, the most popular remains this classic red gazpacho.
It is traditionally prepared by blending together fresh seasonal ingredients such as tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers which have the best flavour at this time of year. The result is a beautiful dish, awakening the senses with its stunning colour, delicious aroma, and layers of flavour which give a bit of a kick.
We love preparing this gazpacho as a starter or light meal on warm summer days as there is absolutely no cooking required, so we can avoid a hot kitchen. It is a simple and quick blended soup which comes together in a few minutes, although it is best prepared several hours in advance as the flavours develop over time.
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🛒 The ingredients
Good quality ripe ingredients are essential for this recipe.
- Tomatoes – they make the base of the soup and any type of sweet juicy tomatoes will do.
- Peppers – you can use red or a mix of green and red bell peppers.
- Cucumber – use either an English cucumber or baby cucumbers as they have the smallest seeds.
- Onion – I use red onions as they are sweeter and milder than white.
- Garlic – either 1 large or 2 small cloves
- Olive oil – select a good quality olive oil
- Vinegar – use a good sherry vinegar, but if you don’t have any, wine vinegar will do.
- Salt & pepper – adjust according to taste
- Parsley – adds more fresh flavour
- Bread – to serve with the soup, any kind of crusty bread will do.
This gazpacho is made by blending together raw tomatoes and vegetables with olive oil to create an emulsion.
Simply place all soup ingredients in a blender and blend to the desired consistency. Then transfer to a container, cover and chill for a minimum of 2 hours to allow the flavours to come together. Garnish with toppings of your choice and serve with slices of crusty bread.
With so many variations on the traditional Gazpacho soup, many ingredients which can be changed around. Some add soaked bread, ground cumin, and a little chilli, while there are other versions which include meat or seafood.
More modern gazpacho recipes use fruit such as strawberries or watermelon for a sweeter version.
For a chunkier texture, blend the ingredients in two batches, with one batch left slightly chunky and the other smooth, then combine the two.
Semi-freeze gazpacho to serve in small portions as a delicious palate cleanser.
🍴 To serve it
Garnish with diced tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, freshly ground black pepper and some chopped fresh parsley. Serve chilled, in a bowl or glass along with pieces of crusty bread.
Gazpacho will keep in a closed container the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Classic Gazpacho soup
- ¼ cup olive oil extra virgin
- 1 kg ripe tomatoes (2 lbs), chopped roughly
- ½ red pepper cored and deseeded
- ½ green pepper cored and deseeded
- 1 medium cucumber peeled and cut roughly
- 1 medium red onion chopped roughly
- 1 large clove garlic or 2 small cloves
- 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon oregano dried
- 1 teaspoon salt adjust according to taste
- black pepper freshly crushed, to taste
- red onion diced small
- cucumber diced small
- cherry tomatoes quartered
- fresh parsley or fresh basil, roughly chopped
- Add all the soup ingredients to a blender and blend to desired consistency. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
- Chill for a couple of hours then garnish with chopped ingredients and serve cold along with some crusty bread.
- Select fresh ripe seasonal tomatoes and vegetables.
- Use a good quality olive oil for best flavour.
- For a chunkier texture, blend in two batches, one batch to a chunky consistency and the second till smooth.
- Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.