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Easy Gazpacho Soup Recipe That Will Wow Your Family and Friends

My mother was an excellent cook who taught me a great deal as she cooked from scratch. Today, both my hubby and I enjoy cooking.

Bowl of Cold Gazpacho Soup

Serving of Gazpacho Soup

Serving of Gazpacho Soup

If you are looking for a simple recipe for a wonderful-tasting cold soup made from fresh and healthy ingredients, then this gazpacho recipe will not only satisfy you but will wow your friends and family members when you serve it to them.

It is 100% vegetarian by way of ingredients and is good to eat anytime. But when all the fresh produce is growing and flourishing in the summertime, it is a wonderful way to utilize the bounty of the season.

When gardens have matured and are producing tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers (as well as other things), often it is a full-time job to keep up with the harvesting and then the preserving of the food or finding people who are eager and willing to take the excess produce off of one's hands.

Ingredients for Gazpacho

Gazpacho Fresh Ingredients

Gazpacho Fresh Ingredients

Spain and Gazpacho

While I had tasted the cold vegetable soup called gazpacho in the past, I never appreciated it as much as when I got to taste it in Spain while on vacation with my husband.

We first tasted gazpacho in Madrid prior to our going to Majorca and Barcelona for the Olympics that year. When we saw how it was prepared, we had it several more times while there and enjoyed it immensely.

Gazpacho recipes vary widely but what we found while in Spain was that most restaurants served the basic blended sauce (soup) but then had bowls of accompanying chopped up tomatoes, peppers, onions, cucumbers, and other accompanying condiments to add to the top of the soup.

One could add as much or as little as one wished to suit individual tastes.

Other Ingredients for Gazpacho

Other Gazpacho Ingredients

Other Gazpacho Ingredients

Gazpacho Recipe

Let me say at the start that this is an easy recipe to adjust to suit what you may have on hand or in your garden...so making substitutions is easy.

All that you will need by way of utensils is a blender, cutting board, and sharp knife, plus a large bowl in which to put the final results which will be refrigerated prior to serving.

Ingredients:

  • 9 medium tomatoes
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 large English cucumber
  • 1/4 medium to large sweet onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • Tabasco sauce to taste
  • 5 to 6 cups tomato juice
  • handful of ice cubes

Veggies in Blender Waiting to be Made Into Gazpacho.

Veggies waiting to be blenderized

Veggies waiting to be blenderized

Directions for Making Gazpacho

  1. Cut the tomatoes in half and squeeze out the pulp putting it into a blender. Add I/2 of the cucumber chopped as well as the onion and garlic cloves, roughly chopped.
  2. Blender and puree.
  3. Pour into a large bowl.
  4. Proceed to chop what remains of the tomatoes, cucumber and the red bell pepper into small, approximate 1/4 inch pieces and add to the liquid in the bowl.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients (sherry vinegar, salt, tomato juice, Tabasco, and black pepper), and stir.
  6. Refrigerate for 6 or more hours. It gets better with the flavors mellowing and blending as time passes... so this is a recipe that gets even better if prepared a day in advance of planning to eat it.
Tomatoes being chopped for Gazpacho

Tomatoes being chopped for Gazpacho

English cucumber being cut up for Gazpacho

English cucumber being cut up for Gazpacho

Red pepper being prepared for Gazpacho

Red pepper being prepared for Gazpacho

Variations

There are so many variations of gazpacho and the beautiful part of it is that one can find something to suit almost anyone's taste.

If you like more or less of almost any ingredient, adjust it to your taste.

Regular cucumbers work just fine as do many varieties of tomatoes. The tomatoes that I utilized in this chunky gazpacho recipe were (on the vine) Compari tomatoes purchased at Costco. My patio tomatoes growing in our garden are still green and not yet ready to use.

Fresh lemon juice or other vinegars could be substituted for the Sherry vinegar.

Just look around and see what you have on hand or can easily acquire and start experimenting with this recipe. Just be sure that your vegetables are local and fresh for the best flavors.

I topped this chilled gazpacho when it was ready to be served with fresh chives out of our garden. It could also be topped with more of the chopped fresh ingredients or even croutons. Some people add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil over the gazpacho.

It is so simple a recipe and can be made with little effort but pays off with BIG flavors. Experiment with this gazpacho recipe and make it your own!

This is a perfect recipe for people who think that they cannot cook.

Who said anything about cooking? No cooking is involved in this no fail recipe!

Serving of Gazpacho topped with chives

Serving of Gazpacho topped with chives

Hope that you enjoyed reading this easy to make Gazpacho Soup Recipe that will WOW your family and friends. Now go on ahead and make it and let me know what you think!


Gardening

At one time in my adult life, I had a huge garden! I had watched my grandfather garden when growing up and thought that by osmosis I had acquired the "touch" of knowing just what to do.

For those who have grown tomatoes with any success in the past, you will realize my mistake in planting 43 tomato plants that first year of my inaugural garden in Wisconsin.

There were only the two of us—my husband and me—who lived there! Needless to say, we made many neighbors and friends happy that year plus I learned how to can tomatoes that year. I had grown up watching my mother and grandmother can and preserve food, but as I was a child, I was only an observer at that point in my life.

With 43 tomato plants producing an abundant crop, I quickly became an expert in the canning process and learned to love that popping sound when the lids become sealed after their hot water bath.

© 2010 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 27, 2015:

Hi again Rochelle,

Sounds like you had a great neighborhood! Your block parties sounded like lots of fun. Where we lived in central Wisconsin when we had that huge yard and garden, there were few neighbors around but we still keep in touch with one of them after all these years. Our next door neighbors (country sized lots) are both deceased now as are some of the people to whom we gave our excess garden produce. We were younger at the time than many of them.

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on June 27, 2015:

Yes, Peggy. I canned a lot of tomatoes. They really are the easiest thing to can, as my mom convinced me. It could be done early in the morning and, as long as everything was set up, it took only a few minutes.

We actually had a wonderful neighborhood of 24 homes on a cul-du-sac. We were all new, mostly young families and everyone was outside trying to get their yards established. We all knew each other and sometimes had "block parties" where we blocked of the street and all brought our barbeques out in front, with a volleyball court in the center of the 'circle' of the street. I still keep in touch with a few of the old neighbors. (sorry for straying off topic).

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 27, 2015:

Hi Rochelle,

Having 30 tomato plants would certainly have given you lots of tomatoes to share. Hopefully you got to meet some nice neighbors that way! We did not even have kids to help us eat ours from our 43 tomato plants. We did make lots of neighbors and friends in town happy that year! Ha! Wondering if you also canned or preserved yours?

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on June 27, 2015:

This is one of my favorite soups and your recipe sounds like a winner. Your story of the tomato plants reminds me of when we moved from an apartment to a new home with a totally bare yard. People brought us tomato plants and I think I had at least 30. Our boys went up and down the block with their red wagon filled with tomatoes, giving them to neighbors. It was a good way to get acquainted.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 27, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

Yes...this is the perfect kind of soup for hot weather days such as we are now experiencing in Texas. Whether fresh from the market or home grown, the veggies also make this a very healthful soup.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 24, 2015:

How did I miss this recipe? It looks pretty easy and sounds delicious. I love veggies fresh from the garden, but of course now I must be satisfied with the farm market just off the square.

Looks perfect for this time of year when it's so hot you don't want to cook and heat the house up. I remember all the work of a huge garden and canning and pickling and freezing, etc., from growing up on a farm. It's lot of work when crops start coming in and it can't be put off.

Voting this up and BAUI. Pinning to AH.

Never gets below 77 F. at night anymore. That low is only for a couple of hours before sunup. Will still be 82 or more degrees at midnight. Hope you are staying cool as best you can. Take care . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 18, 2013:

Hello Joanna,

Raw soups like this gazpacho are truly delicious. Enjoy!

Joanna Slodownik from New Jersey on September 18, 2013:

Raw soups are my favorite for the hot weather. This gazpacho certainly sounds delicious!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 05, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

Yes, this is a great time of year to be enjoying gazpacho made with those delicious veggies from the garden. Your visit to this hub reminded me that I need to make some more for us. Thanks!

moonlake from America on July 31, 2013:

Came back to share this with follows and to pin it to my recipe board. Good for this time of year with all the fresh vegetables.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 03, 2012:

Hi Hyphenbird,

Very happy to be able to share this delicious gazpacho recipe with you especially since you are vegan and enjoy eating a lot of raw foods. This is sure to please you. Thanks for your comment.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on December 03, 2012:

This soup recipe looks and sounds delicious. The sherry vinegar should give it a wonderful lift. I make my own tomato juice and will use that in the gazpacho. I am a vegan and eat about 85 percent raw so this caught my interest. Thanks for the recipe!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 02, 2012:

Hi Turtlewoman,

Yes...planing 43 tomato plants...obviously I did not know what I was doing. Ha! That was many years ago and I have learned a few things since that time. I no longer have the huge garden nor space for it in our city home and yard. Those were fun days! Gardening and growing ones own food is so rewarding. Thanks for your comment on this gazpacho recipe.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 02, 2012:

Hi Mary,

If you think that 25 tomato plants yielded a bunch of tomatoes...you can laugh even more. It was 43 tomato plants planted that year! Yikes! You can understand the instant need for canning and preserving. As to the cucumber in gazpacho...you could eliminate it if it gives you problems. Have you ever tried the burp-less varieties? Of course if it is the taste of cucumbers you do not like...just omit them. This cold soup would still be good and healthy. Thanks for the vote and share.

Kim Lam from California on December 02, 2012:

What a delicious raw recipe. So healthy and beautifully presented. I wish you were my neighbor Peggy. wow-43 tomato plants! :-)

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 02, 2012:

Well, Peggy W, This is new to me. I just never heard of Gazpacho before. Sometimes I think I live under a rock! The only ingredient in this recipe that I do not like in cucumber!

I laughed at you and 25 tomato plants. I can only imagine the yield you got from all those plants.

I voted this Hub UP, and I'll share with others (Maybe they will like cucumber!)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 02, 2012:

Hi vespawoolf,

We are entering the opposite season of winter but our temperatures today in Houston are still in the low 80's. Actually we enjoy eating gazpacho almost year round in this climate. Nice to know that you like the sound of this recipe. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 02, 2012:

Hi moonlake,

Gazpacho is so fresh tasting especially with fresh garden ingredients and to top it off...it is so healthy and low calorie. A winning recipe on all accounts! Thanks for your vote up and the share.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 02, 2012:

I've made gazpacho enough to know that this is an awesome recipe! When I can't get fresh tomatoes, I agree the San Marzano in the Amazon capsule would be the best---sweeter more like the European variety. I love the addition of garlic and red pepper, too. Yum! Summer is just starting here in Peru so we'll be trying this soon!

moonlake from America on December 02, 2012:

I might try this when we have a garden next year with all the fresh vegetables. Sounds great. Voted up and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 30, 2010:

Hello Om Paramapoonya,

Yes...Gazpacho is that...healthy AND delicious. Hope you like it! Thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 30, 2010:

Hi frogyfish,

Gazpacho is "yummy" indeed! Thanks for taking a look at this version and ENJOY! You are in for a treat!

Om Paramapoonya on June 30, 2010:

Hi Peggy! This is actually the first time I've ever heard and read about gazpacho. You made it sound so yummy. I've got to try this healthy soup. Thumbs up! =D

frogyfish from Central United States of America on June 30, 2010:

I've wanted to 'do' this for a while and must try your recipe now. I would use the lemon I think rather than the vinegar. It sounds so simple-ly yummy! Thanks for sharing your take on putting it all together.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 27, 2010:

Hello billyaustindillon,

Enjoy the gazpacho and thanks for the comment.

billyaustindillon on June 27, 2010:

I do love a good gazpacho Peggy and haven't had one for years. I need to try this one out - you always do such wonderful all covering hubs - thanks again.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

Hello MaryRenee,

You are most welcome. Let me know how you like the Gazpacho recipe when you make it. Thanks!

MaryRenee on June 25, 2010:

Peggy: Awesome hub! I really want to try this! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

Hi Prasetio,

Very happy to have shared this Gazpacho Recipe with you. It is easy to prepare and delicious. You can make it as spicy as you wish by adjusting the amount of Tabasco or even eliminating it if you like milder flavors. Thanks for the comment.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on June 25, 2010:

I really WOW to know this information. Delicious food and make me hungry, LOL. Thanks for share this recipes for us. Thumbs Up.

Prasetio

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2010:

Hi again suny51,

You are certainly eating healthy ingredients often in that case...and delicious, too.

suny51 on June 24, 2010:

Peggy-we do it every day(less onion)and some times twice a day.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2010:

Hi suny51,

Hope you give this Gazpacho recipe a try and let me know what you think about it. Nice to have the vegetables growing in your own garden! Thanks for the comment.

suny51 on June 24, 2010:

Hello Peggy-You have written some thing about my favorite item and that too which we have in our own garden,nice reading about it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2010:

Hi oceansnsunsets,

Gazpacho is a favorite cold soup of ours. Let me know if you like it when you give it a try. Thanks!

Paula from The Midwest, USA on June 24, 2010:

This looks like such an interesting recipe, I hope to try it! Great hub, Ocean

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2010:

Hi Loren's Gem,

I had some friends over here yesterday and served them Gazpacho and some cold salads. They all seemed to really like the Gazpacho even though it was a new taste to them also. I even sent some home with them. They will now be making Gazpacho for themselves in the future. Except for some chopping, it is a really easy recipe! Good luck!

Loren's Gem from Istanbul, Turkey on June 24, 2010:

Gazpacho... sounds as interesting as it looks. This recipe is new to me, and since its easy to make I should probably try doing this one at home. Thanks for sharing! :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 22, 2010:

Greetings kev8,

Glad to hear that you liked this Gazpacho Recipe. Happy to share it with you. I made some yesterday and instead of using a red pepper, I used part of an orange and part of a green one that I had on hand. That is the nice thing...one can substitute things and not alter the overall flavor as everything is so bright and fresh tasting. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 22, 2010:

Hi Little Nell,

Am certain that you will enjoy this Gazpacho Recipe. It is especially refreshing in the summertime when all of those tomatoes and cucumbers and peppers are growing in gardens or, of course, can be acquired in grocery stores or farmer's markets. Thanks for the visit.

kev8 on June 22, 2010:

Great recipe!!!!Thank you!!!

Little Nell on June 22, 2010:

Inspiring recipe - will certainly try this

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 22, 2010:

Hi agusfanani,

Is it tempting you enough to want to try this Gazpacho recipe? I promise...it will help assuage your hunger. (Smile)

agusfanani from Indonesia on June 21, 2010:

It makes me really hungry ! what a tempting recipe.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 21, 2010:

Hi Mike,

I am still laughing! 300 tomato plants!!! I know what 43 of them produced...! Gazpacho is the perfect recipe for excess tomatoes...or, of course, for people who just wish to have a good cold soup recipe on hand for enjoying anytime. Thanks for that story about your father's venture into gardening. Bet he did not plant 300 tomato plants in subsequent years! Hahaha!

Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on June 21, 2010:

When my father retired, he asked if he could garden on the acre of land my house sat on, and I said sure. He was almost 70 then, and he proceeded to plant 300 tomato plants. We sold some at and to the farmers market and produce stores, but there were so many tomatoes I was literally bagging them and leaving them anonymously on doorsteps. It was crazy.

I am not a great cook, but I might give this a try. It sounds very good. Thanks.

Mike

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 21, 2010:

Hi Micky Dee,

We are eating more Gazpacho these days also. Love it!!! Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 21, 2010:

Hi Hello, hello,

Gazpacho is commonly served in Spain and elsewhere. You are in for a treat if you like refreshing and cold soups that just happen to be filled with nourishment as well. Let me know if you like it. Thanks for visiting this hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 21, 2010:

Hello Corin,

I just made some more Gazpacho to have on hand. A little blending and chopping and voila!, you have a great refreshing chilled soup to enjoy anytime. Especially good in the summertime when the temperatures are warmer. Hope you enjoy it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 21, 2010:

Hi Research Analyst,

I agree with you. Besides Gazpacho, I love all kinds of homemade soups and make them often utilizing all kinds of veggies. Thanks for the visit.

Micky Dee on June 21, 2010:

This is very nice! Gazpacho is my favorite food of the summer! I don't get enough!

Hello, hello, from London, UK on June 21, 2010:

I never heard of it but this sounds great. Will try it.

Corin on June 20, 2010:

Another easy and delicious recipe for me to keep and try this summer :)

Research Analyst on June 20, 2010:

Soup is such a great meal and can have a variety of vegetables.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 20, 2010:

Hi stephhicks68,

Gazpacho cold soup does seem to be especially tasty and refreshing when the weather is sizzling. Let me know if you like this version. Thanks!

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on June 20, 2010:

I used to work in a restaurant years ago and always loved Gazpacho during summer. This recipe looks easy and really delicious. Thanks for sharing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 20, 2010:

Hello nifty@50,

Happy to hear that you liked this Gazpacho Recipe hub. You are most welcome to the recipe and thanks for the comment.

nifty@50 on June 20, 2010:

Great hub! Thanks for sharing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 20, 2010:

Hi dahoglund,

Another plus...gazpacho keeps in the refrigerator for many days so can be enjoyed over a period of time...not that it lasts very long in our house. So easy to have a mug full whenever one wants that refreshing taste and is only a little bit hungry. Let me know how you like it when you get your ingredients and make it. Thanks!

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on June 20, 2010:

It does sound good. My attempts at gardening in the past have had little success. however I may scrounge up the ingredients and try it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 20, 2010:

Hello zzron,

Gazpacho is such an easy and tasty soup to prepare. Really refreshing on those long hot summer days, not to mention nutritious. I am going to make another batch of it this week!

zzron from Houston, TX. on June 20, 2010:

Sounds really tasty, great hub :) http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=123660517659...

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 20, 2010:

Hi Zollstock,

This gazpacho recipe is good, simple and easy. Hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.

Zollstock on June 20, 2010:

I literally went online this minute to look for a gazpacho recipe!! Timely, mouthwatering, informative writing - as always! Thanks!