Wednesday, March 4

Cold Gazpacho Soup

The perfect summer soup for hot days. Often described as a liquid salad, Gazpacho is a cold Spanish tomato-based raw vegetable soup. It descends from ancient Roman concoction based on a combination of stale bread, garlic, olive oil, salt, and vinegar and is widely consumed throughout Spain during the summer months, due to its refreshing qualities. For more info about this soup can check here.

Here’s a version that also uses red bell peppers, cucumber and onion. Its a very simple recipe that just takes a very little time. I made it when it was really hot here, and indeed it was refreshing. Quite different from the usual hot soups, isin't it??


For the soup:

3 fresh ripe tomatoes
1/2 cucumber,deseeded peeled and chopped
1 red onions, peeled and chopped
1/2 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
1 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp olive oil
1 ½ tbsp wine vinegar
1 heaped tsp fresh coriander leaves
1 heaped tsp of spring onions
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup water
Black pepper powder to taste
Salt to taste

For the garnish:

Cucumber, peeled and chopped finely
2 Spring onions, chopped finely


Add the tomotoes,cucumber, onions, garlic and pepper. Season with salt and black pepper powder.
And then add the herbs, oil ,lemon juice and wine vinegar. Blend together till its still coarse(partly puree).
Add a little cold water to thin the soup and pour into the bowl. Cover and chill thoroughly.
Garnish with cucumber pieces and chopped spring onions and serve chilled with hot crusty bread.

PS: I did added only 1tsp extra virgin olive oil, as i felt that would better suit my taste buds.
Insted of water better add tomato juice.

I'm sending this to SWC:Soups, (started by LG )

and to AFAM:Cucumber ,(started by maheswari ) ,which are going in my blog.


Unknown said...

Soup looks tempting and beautiful. And easy too.

AnuSriram said...

The soup looks refreshing! Nice recipe! Makes me drool...

Asha said...

I love Gazpacho. When I get too many Tomatoes in Summer, this is what i do, looks delicious! :))

Unknown said...

Never tried Gazpacho..The soup looks great..Bookmarked your recipe.Thanks for sharing :)

Ashwini said...

The soup looks yumm and delish..Can have a bowl right now... said...

Hey Neha,
Nice recipe. Btw, I think that gazpachos are not always tomato based soups. There are ones which are otherwise too. Please correct me if I'm wrong.And yes, this one will surely be a good one for summer.

Sunshinemom said...

Such a tasty pic, Neha:) I am longing for that glass right now!

sathya said...

soup looks delicious, love gazpacho !

Shivali said...

Never tasted it but looks delicious.

Pooja said...

Nice soup...

Recipeswap said...

Lovely color......really like your soup collection!

Varsha Vipins said...

I want spring to be here soon,so that I can try this Neha..loved the click..:)

Neha said...

Thanx Anu n Lakshmi..

@ Asha, yep, n we can vary it a bit too acc. to availiblity n taste..

@Madhumati, do check out n tell how it came..

@Ashwini, if it's possible, u are most welcome.. :)

@Smitha, i don't know much abt spanish food, but since this was written in WIKI, so i don't doubt about it. Can check the source there.
And yep i also read abt Green Gazpacho soup, which didn't had tomato, but avacado n green peppers. It all varies acc. to everyone taste.

Cham said...

I made last summer, Now it is cold we have to wait! Looks delicous

Medhaa said...

looks good

Lakshmi said...

I am yet to try gazpacho..your's looks nice :)

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