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2 Cold Soup Recipes: Gazpacho and Cucumber Yogurt Soup

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Delicious cucumber soup.

Delicious cucumber soup.

Summer Vegetable Soup Recipes to Combat the Heat

I haven’t been to Spain since 2005 when I was studying as a student. One of my most poignant memories, however, was touring southern Spain. It was June and southern Spain is reminiscent of a desert – it’s quite arid.

I was in the town of Córdoba in the Andalucía region. The people in my group were tired, hungry and thirsty after visiting numerous incredible places - like the Alhambra. The first thing that popped to mind for lunch was gazpacho. I knew it came from the region of Andalucía. I had to try some, now.

We stepped into a quaint little restaurant with a beautiful, tiled terrace. Soft Spanish guitar music was playing and a few overhead fans were doing their best to move the hot, dry air.

Then, I fell in love. The camarero brought out gazpacho and I have never been the same since.

In the years since that day I first tried gazpacho, I’ve attempted to re-create that zesty taste I remember from the restaurant. Though I have come close, there’s nothing that quite substitutes for actually being in the middle of the culture that specializes in a particular cuisine. My recipe for gazpacho is good, but I admit I have a hankering to go back to Spain - if just to try this delectable soup in its home region another time.

Gazpacho soup garnished with avocado and lime.

Gazpacho soup garnished with avocado and lime.

The Andalucia Region of Spain

Gazpacho Is Vegetarian

As I said, I think I’ve come close to getting the gazpacho like I had it in Andalucía. This recipe is perfect for a hot summer day when you have no intention of going near a stove to cook. The only electricity I used was for the blender. Even then, historically, resident cooks made this soup using a mortar and pestle.

The advantage of using a mortar and pestle is that you don’t get bubbly froth that rests on the top of the soup after using a blender. But, since I don’t have a mortar and pestle and I do have a blender, I used that.

Plus, if you ever have a blackout in the summer from everyone trying to use their air conditioner, rest assured, you’ll still be able to make this soup - if you have a mortar and pestle.

Though this soup is said to come from southern Spain, before that there is speculation that the Moors brought a precursor of gazpacho from Morocco. The Moors occupied Spain from the early 700s to the early 1400s, but they came from the desert regions of Africa. I’d guess they knew a thing or two about trying to cool off.

Gather the freshest ingredients possible for really good gazpacho soup.

Gather the freshest ingredients possible for really good gazpacho soup.

Gazpacho Preparation Time

Prep timeReady inYields

3 hours 15 min

3 hours 15 min

Serves 6 or more

Gazpacho Ingredients

  • 3 tomatoes, large, vine ripened or organic
  • 1 cucumber, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, whole
  • 1 green pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 onion, small, coarsely chopped
  • dash Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 can (14 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 C red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  1. Put all ingredients, a little at a time, into blender, except Worchestershire sauce. Make "layers" with them to mix them up better. Once all ingredients are in, sprinkle just a little bit of Worchestershire sauce on top.
  2. Blend for about 30 seconds and repeat until you have used up all the ingredients.
  3. Pour into a large bowl, cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  4. Garnish with avocado, croutons, more tomatoes, or a slice of lime. Enjoy.

Tips for Making Gazpacho

  • You may not fit all the ingredients into the blender the first time. That's okay - just divide it and do smaller batches until you've used up all the ingredients.
  • Blend for only 10-20 seconds if you want a chunkier soup.
  • If you don't have 2-3 hours to chill the soup, add a little ice to the blender to cool it down quickly.
  • Serve with a side of rolls or crackers.
  • You'll make vegetarians and vegans alike happy with this soup as there are no animal products in the ingredients.
  • It's best to use organic versions of all the ingredients, if you can. The taste of a homegrown or organic tomato is simply tantalizing. An out-of-season or non-organic tomato simply won't taste as good and since tomatoes are the main ingredient, the soup won't be as good.
  • Once you've made this soup and know what it's supposed to taste like, you can experiment. Try adding avocado, seafood, or even hard-boiled egg to the blender.
Cucumber gazpacho soup garnished with avocado and sour cream.

Cucumber gazpacho soup garnished with avocado and sour cream.

Cucumber "Gazpacho" Soup

If you’re not much of a tomato fan, you still have options. I love cucumbers and they’re known for their cooling qualities in food. Even if you love tomatoes, this cucumber soup offers an alternative. It’s a sort of cucumber gazpacho, if you will.

I call it cucumber gazpacho because I derived the idea originally from regular gazpacho.

You still need to chill it, and its ingredients are still light and delicate, save the yogurt. Still, the yogurt is cold and creamy and goes a long way toward cooling you down in the heat of the day.

Again, you don’t need a stove. You just need a blender.

Fresh ingredients are also key to a great cold cucumber soup.

Fresh ingredients are also key to a great cold cucumber soup.

Cook Time for Cucumber Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ready in: 3 hours 15 minutes

Yields: Serves 6 or more

Cucumber Soup Ingredients

  • 4 cucumbers, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 white wine vinegar
  • 2 juice from two limes (about 2 tbsp.)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dill


  1. Put all ingredients into blender.
  2. Blend for 30 seconds.
  3. Chill for 2-3 hours in refrigerator.
  4. Garnish with avocado, sour cream, croutons, chopped tomato, or lime. Enjoy.

Tips for Making Cold Cucumber Soup

  • If you don't have white wine vinegar, distilled white vinegar will work, too.
  • If the ingredients don't all fit into the blender, just do it in smaller batches.
  • Just as for the gazpacho, if you don't have enough time to chill it in the refrigerator, add a few ice cubes to the blender to help cool it.
  • I love garlic. You can always take out a clove if you're not that keen on it. 2 cloves produces an almost electric taste that I crave.
  • The dill is really important in the soup. It gives it an extra zing.
  • You can try other ingredients, too. Try adding a few pieces of avocado, a little bit of tomato, a dollop of sour cream, or croutons in and blend with the rest of the ingredients.
  • You can even blend the two soups - a little gazpacho with a little cold cucumber soup. This makes a really delicious combination.
  • Some readers have suggested that this soup is better on the second day than on the first. I tend to agree. Just plan accordingly if you want the fullest flavor.

© 2012 Cynthia Calhoun


Lena Durante from San Francisco Bay Area on May 15, 2017:

I love gazpacho, but I just want to point out that it isn't always vegetarian. If you order it in a restaurant, they may have used meat or fish stock to add flavor, so if you are a vegetarian or vegan, you should always ask your server! When you make it at home, of course, you can see exactly what goes in it.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on August 21, 2014:

Awesome! You know, I have to agree: I like it better the second day, too. :) Perhaps I'll put a little addendum in the article. Thanks for the tip! HUGS

Kari on August 21, 2014:

No problem cc, sounds like you are living a pretty full life!

I should say that I found this soup so much better the second day, and I will for now on make it a day in advance. It was good after letting it sit for a few hours, but it was REALLY good after a day.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on August 21, 2014:

Relationshipc - I made this about a week ago, too! It's good stuff! Thank you for stopping by. Sorry for the delay in responding: I'm in graduate school right now and teaching...it's sort of taken over my life. :)

Kari on August 14, 2014:

Just made the cucumber one. It's chillin' in the fridge for tonight. Thanks for the idea.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on October 08, 2012:

Brett - you know, I recently made some more cucumber soup right before it got cold and...I'm going to try heating it up and seeing what happens. Great idea! :) Thanks for the shares and votes.

Brett C from Asia on October 07, 2012:

Sounds and looks delicious ... perfect for cold weather, but would probably taste good warmed in the winter too. I hadn't had cold soup before South Korea, but it is actually a really nice change!

Shared, up and useful.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 09, 2012:

Bill - haha. My Big Bro is a die-hard carnivore. Well, so is my hubby. Hehehe. At least I have him eating a lot more chicken. ;) I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday, too. Working for yourself is such fun. I gotta tell ya. :D

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 09, 2012:

Audra, I could just reach through the screen, hug you and serenade you with beautiful Spanish guitar music. Hehehe. I'm glad each of you took away something that you enjoy from this hub. Yes!! Thanks so much for coming by!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 08, 2012:

I just stopped by to support you Sis! There is no way I'm eating this LOL When you add steak to it I'm there in a heartbeat!

I hope you had a great weekend! Now it's time to go to work again! Ahh, the joys of working for yourself. :)

iamaudraleigh on July 08, 2012:

Micah loves Gazpacho!!! I love cucumbers!!! I will have to get Soft Spanish guitar music and put it on so I can experience what you did! What a great hub put together by you! Refreshing!!! Voted up and shared with Micah!!!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 08, 2012:

Raciniwa - thanks for coming by! Hmm...the Philippines has so many wonderful dishes! I've been there and enjoyed the food very much. I think any cold soup will do if you're too warm and also hungry. :) Hubhugs!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 08, 2012:

Ruchira - yum, yum! I admit I think I favor the cucumber soup more than the gazpacho at the moment. Hehe. Thanks for the votes and shares once again. Hubhugs to you.

raciniwa from Talisay City, Cebu on July 08, 2012:

wow...love this...but i don't know the counterpart of gazpacho in the Philippines...

Ruchira from United States on July 07, 2012:

seriously, Cyndi...cold soup has not been tried but, your recipes give a feeling it's a good bargain.

will give it a shot esp the cucumber/yogurt soup.

thanks cyndi. voted up and sharing it across

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 06, 2012:

alocsin - thanks for comin' by! The family cook, eh? Would that be you? Somehow I envision you being an avid cook and Cross-Fit guru. :D Have a great day! Cheers!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 05, 2012:

This is a perfect recipe for the upcoming summer days here in Southern California. Forwarding this to the family cook. Voting this Up and Useful.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 05, 2012:

PurpleRaven - ah, yes. If you like those ingredients, then you'll LOVE the soup. Well, shoot, I can't guarantee it, but I feel pretty sure you'll really like it because...it's just so yummy and refreshing!! :) Thanks for stopping by. Cheers!

PurpleRaven from Wisconsin on July 05, 2012:

I luv cucumbers and green peppers and all those ingredients you mention and can't wait to try this soup because it will be very refreshing on these hot days.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 05, 2012:

Cara - mmm, enjoy those cucumbers! :) The kiddos don't like tomatoes that much, huh? Hmm, I wish I could tell you how to fix that, hehe, because I just love those things! Anyway, thanks for coming by! Hubhugs!

cardelean from Michigan on July 05, 2012:

I've heard of but not tried gazpacho but I've never heard of the cucumber version. My kids are not huge fans of tomatoes but *love* cucumbers so I think we'll be giving that one a try!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 05, 2012:

vespawoolf - thank you so much! :) I had to make another batch of both of these soups after writing this hub. It's been so warm outside that they really help to keep everything cool. Ha! Thank you for coming by! Hubhugs!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on July 05, 2012:

These soups sound fabulous! I enjoy gazpacho infrequently, but after reading your hub I'm ready for a big bowl of cold soup. Thanks so much! Voted up and shared.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 05, 2012:

MelChi - they are yummy, aren't they? It's just so refreshing that when you're melting from the heat, something zingy and delicious comes along to set you straight. Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

Melanie Chisnall from Cape Town, South Africa on July 04, 2012:

I love summer soups, there's just something so special about having a cold soup on a hot day (one that is supposed to be cold!) Thanks for sharing this - voted up! :)

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 04, 2012:

TToombs - ah, yes. I just enjoyed some more cucumber yogurt soup for lunch...I just can't get enough of this stuff. :)

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on July 04, 2012:

Wow, that looks really yummy! VUMS! :)

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 04, 2012:

nothuk - the walnut addition sounds tantalizing. I'll definitely have to try that! These soups are so versatile and it's so easy to change them up and modify them. :) Yum! Thanks for stopping by.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 04, 2012:

ishwaryaa22 - yum! Cold recipes for a very hot summer certainly help to also keep cool. :) Used as a dip topped with cottage cheese? That sounds LOVELY! Thanks for stopping by and for the shares and votes. Cheers!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 04, 2012:

Snowdrops - thank you so much. :) Cold soups are so yummy and the cucumber one is really cooling and refreshing. Thanks for stopping by!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 04, 2012:

algarveview - Oh yes, I love these soups to beat the heat. They are so cooling and refreshing. No cooking required - no added heat. Haha. Thanks for stopping by and for the kudos. Hubhugs!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 04, 2012:

HawaiiHeart - cold soup - soo refreshing. You're absolutely right. I hope you enjoy them if you make them. :) Thanks for your feedback.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 04, 2012:

Teaches! I love it when you stop by! I always look forward to your posts. :) If you like the gazpacho, you'll love the cucumber soup, too. My favorite soups are tomato-based, too. I love tomatoes and I love Spanish (and Latin) culture. Hehehe. Hubhugs!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 04, 2012:

Anamika - thanks for the shares! Cold soup during a hot summer just hits the spot! Have a great day!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 04, 2012:

Tammy - thanks so much! :) The cucumber version is really yummy, too. They're both so cooling. Yum! Hubhugs to you.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on July 04, 2012:

Tasty cold soups ideal for a hot summer! I have tried gazpacho & even used it as a dip for tomato-bread (another Spanish delicacy) topped with cottage cheese. The other alternative - cucumber gazpacho sounds very different & interesting! Your recipes are clearly explained with helpful photos. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared.

nothuk from Varna, Bulgaria on July 04, 2012:

Great ideas, cclitgirl ! If some water is added to the cucumber-yogurt soup and also some chopped walnuts and dill it is also very good :)

snowdrops from The Second Star to the Right on July 04, 2012:

Wow, this is really a WOW! cold soup recipes especially with cucumber is really amazing

Joana e Bruno from Algarve, Portugal on July 04, 2012:

Hi, cclitgirl, both look delicious and with all this heat it would certainly go well. Definitely have to try these recipes. Voted up, useful and sharing! Stay well!

HawaiiHeart from Hawaii on July 03, 2012:

I've never tried cold soup before. These definitely look refreshing!

Dianna Mendez on July 03, 2012:

I have tried gazpacho soup and love it. I would also love to try the cucumber recipe. Your photos make me want to make some right away. My favorite soups are tomato based and this one makes me think of the Spanish origins.

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on July 03, 2012:

Love your cold soup recipes for summer. Sharing it on FB.

Tammy from North Carolina on July 03, 2012:

These are both beautiful dishes. I have tried the gazpacho, but I have never seen the cucumber version. It looks so appealing. I love anything cucumber. Excellent for summer!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on July 03, 2012:

Hi, Shesabutterfly! If you like the ingredients in these soups, I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy them as soups. They are just so delicious and refreshing. I always look forward to my cold soups in the summertime. It's so yummy. :) Thanks for coming by! Hubhugs!

Cholee Clay from Wisconsin on July 03, 2012:

I've never had a desire to try cold soup until now. I will definitely be trying the Gazpacho soup! It looks so easy and yummy, my kind of meal :) With the hot weather here, it will be nice to have a dinner I don't need to use the stove for. Voted up and shared!

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