The Perfect Zen Meal For A Hot Summer Day… Gazpacho

“Do you have a kinder, more adaptable friend in the food world than soup? Who soothes you when you are ill? Who refuses to leave you when you are impoverished and stretches its resources to give a hearty sustenance and cheer? Who warms you in the winter and cools you in the summer? Yet who also is capable of doing honor to your richest table and impressing your most demanding guests? Soup does its loyal best, no matter what undignified conditions are imposed upon it.”
~ Judith Martin (Miss Manners)

In the winter, I sometimes get on a binge to make lots of soup. In the summer, it just seems too hot for soup. But then we started making Gazpacho Soup after our trip to the Andalusia region of Spain. It’s delicious and amazingly refreshing on a hot day.

Gazpacho is like a liquid salad. It’s filled with vegetables that taste incredibly good together! It has ancient roots, probably going back to the Moors, the North African Arab people who used to rule the south of Spain for seven hundred years. It’s still regularly eaten in hot Andalusia, often served in a glass.

I thought it might be hard to make. Not at all! All it requires is chopping up the ingredients, blending them together and chilling. No cooking required! Easy to make, cheap ingredients to buy…plus, I make extra to eat all week. A perfect zen meal.

Ingredients:

Can of 16 oz. diced tomatoes (or fresh tomatoes, even better!)
1 red or yellow onion (I like red better but only had yellow)
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 sweet red bell pepper (or green) seeded and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1-2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1-2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
6 or more drops of Tabasco sauce to taste
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups tomato juice (more if it’s a little too thick)

Method

Combine all ingredients. Pour into blender and mix to the consistency you’d like. This time I blended the ingredients in the blender first and then stirred together to get a very smooth texture. I also like it a little chunky, too. Make sure you store the soup in a non-metallic bowl.

Put in non-metal bowl and allow the flavors to blend. Overnight is best. The restaurants in Spain add all sorts of garnishes to the soup. We added croutons, parsley, a little olive oil and avocados to our soup. Add salt and pepper to taste at the time you eat.

You’ll love your Gazpacho that only takes as much time as it takes to chop and blend the ingredients. The perfect summer Zen Meal.

adapted from Simply Recipes

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22 Responses to The Perfect Zen Meal For A Hot Summer Day… Gazpacho

  1. sheila says:

    (Can you tell I’m on FB right now, lol…. I think your link was up for like 50 seconds, ha ha)
    Anyhooooo, I’ve never had this but gosh it looks great! And, I have a lot of these things in my garden! Soup is great anytime! And I love what Miss Manners said about ”stretching it’s resources”

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    Betsy Reply:

    Don’t you love Miss Manners commentary on soup? You will love this soup…so fresh and easy! Let me know if you make it.

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  2. Hi Betsy,
    I am having this soup this week! It looks delicious. I’ll let you know how the family likes it.

    Patricia

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    Betsy Reply:

    It’s so easy and delicious! You’ll love it. Make sure it’s really cold. And I think the croutons, parsley and avocados make it. Let me know!

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  3. Maggie says:

    Oh Yum – I love gazpacho. Miss Manners commentary is such a nice add. As we’re hot (90s not 100s, that’s a good thing) again this week, I may have to pick up some extra veggies and whir up a batch in the blender myself.

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    Betsy Reply:

    We’ve been very hot here. It’s amazing how it cools your body temperature. Hope you try it!

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  4. A number of years ago, my husband and I experimented with eating primarily raw foods for awhile. We really enjoyed Gazpacho at the time. I love having soups in the winter, but I hadn’t thought about Gazpacho for awhile. This looks like a great recipe – and I love the idea of adding avocado. Thanks for the Gazpacho inspiration!

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    Betsy Reply:

    The avocado and croutons really makes it delicious. I was thinking about raw foods as I made it because I just assumed you would cook it and then chill. Hope you try it!!

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  5. This looks good! I’ll have to try it out! Thanks, Betsy!

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    Betsy Reply:

    Thanks! It’s absolutely delicious and so easy to make! Let me know what you think!

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  6. Jen says:

    YUM! Thanks Betsy. I think I may even have some fresh tomatoes from the garden in a couple of days. I am definitely going to try out your recipe. I haven’t had gazpacho for years!!!

    Love your simple meal ideas. I am always looking for a quick fix:)
    Love,
    Jen

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    Betsy Reply:

    I think you’ll like this recipe. It’s the one that has worked out best for us. Glad to see you’re commenting under your website. Is it ready?

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  7. JennyBean says:

    Cold or hot, I’m a soup addict. Love gazpacho! Papa makes it with avocado. And cucumber soup and cold roasted red pepper soup are great too.

    And don’t forget the pinot grigio!

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    Betsy Reply:

    now thay I discovered avocados, I’ll never go without. Tell Papa tp try croutons and parsley, too. You can be sure I never forget the wine… A Sauvignon blanc or a viognier would do nicely, too!

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  8. Betsy,
    This sounds amazing. I love soup too – especially home made.

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    Betsy Reply:

    Thanks Angela. This has become our summer favorite. And it’s filling enough for s meal in itself.

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  9. pea says:

    Looks and sounds delicious with the added kick of being healthy, nourishing and simple.
    How odd that although I’d heard of it I never knew it was merely blended and not cooked. Delicious.

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    Betsy Reply:

    It is such a great recipe. Hope you get a chance to try! Thanks for stopping by! I’ll stop your website, too.

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  10. Hi Betsy,
    I love this soup and could eat it daily in the summer months. Yum!

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    Betsy Reply:

    Me, too! Thanks for stopping by Tess!

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  11. Thanks for the recipe! I love Gazpacho. Will definitely give your it a try.

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    Betsy Reply:

    Thanks Cathy! I think you’ll like the extra garnishes like avocado and croutons.

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