One of my favourite summer dishes, gazpacho is a classic Spanish soup served cold. The recipe requires no cooking and can be made in a blender. It’s nut-free, egg-free, vegetarian and vegan-friendly, and Whole30.
As some of you might know from my Instagram stories, I spend a lot of time in Spain. Mostly, I go there for rock climbing and the great outdoors but I also love Spanish food (and wine). One of my favourite Spanish dishes – especially in summer – is a refreshing, cold gazpacho soup.
I’ve always loved this tomato vegetable soup, and whenever I’m in this part of the world, I overload my system with the goodness of sweet tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, cucumber and peppers. It’s hard not to – you can get it in every cafe, restaurant, and supermarket in sight. And unlike many recipes suggest, gazpacho soup is often made without bread which makes it a light and healthy dish.
There are many variations of gazpacho soup; other popular versions use more red peppers (known as salmorejo) or almonds (known as ajoblanco). All of them make my mouth water but today I wanted to share a recipe for a more traditional, tomato-based gazpacho soup that is a consolidation of many types I’ve tried on the road and at home, plus my own little twists. This soup has NO BREAD!
Make ahead tip: I like to make a bit batch to keep in Mason jars in the summer for a quick lunch or dinner starter. The soup should last for 3-4 days in the fridge. It doesn’t freeze well in my opinion and is best consumed while fresh.Print
- 8 ripe tomatoes, Roma or round but not Beefsteak
- 1 medium cucumber, peeled and seeds scooped out
- 1 small red onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1 small green pepper, core and seeds out, chopped
- 1 small red pepper, core and seeds out, chopped
- 3 large garlic cloves, peeled
- 1/2 long red chilli, seeds out (you can leave chilli out completely)
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 cup tomato juice
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons apple cider or sherry vinegar
- 1 orange, a little zest + juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Garnish with diced cucumbers, tomatoes, red pepper, red onion and more olive oil. I like to add some fresh basil leaves as well.
- Bring a large saucepan of water to boil. Place tomatoes in boiling water for 20 seconds or until their skins crack. Remove and rinse under cold water. Peel the skin off, cut into quarters and remove the seeds. If you’re too lazy, feel free to leaves the seeds in – more fibre that way.
- Peel the cucumber and cut in half going lengthways. Using a spoon, remove some of the more obvious seeds, if you like but not essential. Roughly cut all vegetables.
- Process tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, onion, chilli, garlic and zest of 1 orange with water and tomato juice in a food processor or a blender until fairly smooth consistency. Then add the olive oil, vinegar, orange juice, salt and pepper and process quickly until well incorporated but not over-blended so it starts foaming. Depending on the consistency you prefer, you can add more water or tomato juice.
- Eat right away or refrigerate for an hour before serving in bowls or glasses with diced veggies and herbs for garnish.