Recipe: Contemporary and Straightforward Rustic Gazpacho (a summertime win)!

Studying Time: 3 minutes

I used to be first impressed to make gazpacho by an interview with Penelope Cruz in InStyle journal, of all locations, again in 2014. (“In Spain we eat gazpacho virtually day by day, so that you get a variety of greens in a manner that could be very scrumptious.”) I had type of averted gazpacho as much as that time,* however I additionally had a mountain of ripe tomatoes in my backyard to make use of up. I used to be getting uninterested in spending hours cooking them down into tomato sauce, and needed one thing fast, straightforward and scrumptious!

(*My first encounter with gazpacho was within the dorm cafeteria throughout undergrad at College of Oregon many moons in the past. I assumed “how bizarre” and steered clear. Someway, the discordance of seeing what, when achieved effectively, is a light-weight, recent, pretty dish in a dorm cafeteria made me proceed to keep away from gazpacho for a lot of, a few years.)

I did an internet seek for recipes, which fluctuate extensively. (Some use largely tomato juice, which was NOT what I had in thoughts.) I mixed traits of some totally different recipes to give you this little winner. It was tremendous straightforward, tremendous tasty, and husband-approved. (That’s vital, since he wasn’t so positive in regards to the concept of a chilly soup.)

Why this recipe is nice

Very like ratatouille (recipe coming quickly!), gazpacho inexplicably fell out of favor after just a few intense years. Severely, I do not know why. I’ve additionally used bought tomatoes to make this recent, pretty, straightforward soup. Homegrown or no, I actually recognize the truth that this soup begins out chilly and stays chilly, with no cooking in between.

I’ll be having fun with my gazpacho this summer time regardless that I now reside in a home with central air-conditioning, nevertheless it actually got here in helpful it after I lived in a cute older dwelling with no central A/C, it was 90-thousand levels exterior, and my kitchen was sizzling sufficient with out turning on the range or oven!

Image of a rustic gazpacho in a clear glass serving bowl, with a clear ladle, against a pale blue and white tablecloth

Rustic Gazpacho

Carrie Dennett, MPH, RDN

This straightforward recipe is particularly pleasant on a day when it’s too sizzling to prepare dinner! I wouldn’t name it a primary dish soup, however this salad-in-a-bowl is a stunning accompaniment to grilled meat, poultry or fish. At lunch, it could pair effectively with a grain-and-bean salad, a inexperienced salad with some protein, or with a sandwich or wrap. It additionally makes a satisfying snack!

Prep Time 20 minutes

Chilling time 1 hr

Whole Time 1 hr 20 minutes

Course Soup

Delicacies Mediterranean


  • 3 kilos ripe tomatoes, lower into massive chunks
  • 1 massive cucumber, peeled, halved, seeded (provided that seeds are massive) and lower into chunks
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, de-stemmed, seeded and lower into chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1/2 cup further virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 cup water (you should utilize much less if you’d like a thicker soup)
  • 1 massive slice stale rustic bread
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon floor cumin
  • Salt, to style
  • Dried floor crimson pepper or sizzling sauce, to style

Optionally available

  • Finely diced cucumber, thinly sliced scallions (inexperienced onions) and/or chopped Italian (flat-leaf) parsley for garnish


  • Tear the bread into massive chunks, place them in a bowl, and canopy with water. Put together the greens and measure out the oil, vinegar and water.

  • In a meals processor or blender, layer the tomatoes, cucumber and bell pepper. Toss the garlic cloves on prime, then pour within the oil, vinegar and 1/2 cup of thewater. Pulse till the substances are mixed into coarse pureed. If combination isn’t liquid sufficient (this may rely on how juicy your tomatoes are), add extra water.

  • Squeeze many of the water out of the bread chunks, and add them to the blender or meals processor. Pulse just a few extra occasions.

  • Add the salt, cumin and crimson pepper or sizzling sauce (if utilizing), and pulse just a few extra occasions to mix. Style, and add extra seasoning if desired.

  • Refrigerate till chilled, an hour or extra. Serve with further sizzling sauce and recommended garnishes, if desired.


The bread is completely non-obligatory. I used to make it with out, and discover it satisfying both manner. The bread does give a bit extra texture and thickness. I’ve used each a meals processor and a Vitamix to make this recipe, however an everyday blender would additionally work. I cease processing when the combination is sort of liquidy, however I can nonetheless see tiny chunks of tomato, cucumber and yellow pepper. I often find yourself utilizing about 2/3 cups of water, lower than what many recipes recommended, however I feel this is determined by the kind of tomato you utilize, as some tomatoes naturally have a better water content material. Whereas this gazpacho is finest proper after you make it, any leftovers will nonetheless be superb the subsequent day.  

Carrie Dennett is a Pacific Northwest-based registered dietitian nutritionist, freelance author, intuitive consuming counselor, creator, and speaker. Her superpowers embody busting vitamin myths and empowering girls to really feel higher of their our bodies and make meals decisions that assist pleasure, vitamin and well being.

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