Gazpacho is an uncooked, chilled soup that originates in Spain. Traditionally it is made with tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, onions, green peppers, and cucumber. It is thickened with breadcrumbs.
Gazpacho is a perfect lunch or appetizer on a hot summer’s day. Given the climate in Southern Spain, it is not surprising that the Spanish came up with this refreshing warm-weather dish.
Fresh vegetables that are often eaten raw, such as tomatoes, cucumber, and zucchinis are the perfect choices for gazpacho-style soups. They are refreshing and cooling and blend together well. Plus, they are in abundance during the hot months.
Gazpacho is essentially a raw soup meaning that not only do you get a refreshing summer meal, but you also get all the benefits of eating raw vegetables, too, and in a way that is much easier for your body to process.
Though the basic traditional ingredients for gazpacho exist, it is okay to give a respectful nod to the tradition and start playing with some other ideas for making a fresh and tasty hot weather soup. Here are some fantastic OGP gazpacho recipes that both embrace and venture from the classic Spanish recipes.
1. Chipotle Gazpacho
Jessica DeMarra stays true to the roots with a tomato-based gazpacho recipe. However, she plays around with flavors by adding chipotle spice, citrus juice, and an avocado garnish. This Chipotle Gazpacho gets better and better by the hour as the flavors blend, so make it in advance and put it in the fridge before serving.
2. Cucumber Gazpacho
Pavani Nandula takes the cucumber and brings it into the limelight in this Cucumber Gazpacho. This recipe is cooling and refreshing but also has a creaminess from the vegan sour cream and blended avocado. It is suggested that you serve this gazpacho with a chunk of crusty bread or with a warm salad.
3. The Ultimate Summer Gazpacho
Another tomato-based gazpacho, but one that is ‘souped-up’ with tamari, cumin, coriander, and avocado. Kelly Fielding‘s recipe for The Ultimate Summer Gazpacho is light, fresh, and tangy. It looks stunning in the bowl and is perfect for a hot day’s lunch.
4. Zucchini Gazpacho
This is a stunning soup that is vibrant and inviting. Bright green and garnished with toasted walnuts, Dana Sandonato‘s Zucchini Gazpacho is nourishing, crisp, and cool. It’s everything you need in a summer dish.
5. Watermelon Gazpacho
Few things look more welcoming on a hot day than a big plate of watermelon slices. But, what else can you do with a watermelon? Here, Koko Brill uses watermelon as the base for her Watermelon Gazpacho. Cool, juicy and refreshing, the watermelon pairs beautifully with the serrano spice and heaps of fresh herbs.
6. Beet Gazpacho with Avocado Quenelle
Sweet and juicy beets are a perfect base for this vibrant summer soup. However, Valentina Goltara says that you can enjoy her Beet Gazpacho with Avocado Quenelle any time of the year. The sweet beets are complemented by the clean and fresh cucumber. This is a gorgeous soup that would wow your lunch guests.
7. Creamy Corn Gazpacho
This Creamy Corn Gazpacho recipe by Linda Wagner is perfect for using up the remains of the season’s sweet corn. All you need is a blender! This soup is a little thicker and creamier than some of the other gazpacho recipes and even uses white beans for texture and added protein. But still, this is a superb option for a quick and easy lunch on a hot day.
8. Raw White Gazpacho Soup
Now, here is a twist. This Raw White Gazpacho Soup is inspired by a traditional Bulgarian cold soup called tarator. Such a soup would usually have a yogurt base, but Nadia Petrova uses almond milk to garner the same creaminess. This is a rich soup, but it stays refreshing and ideal in warmer weather thanks to the cucumbers and white grapes.
9. Strawberry Gazpacho
10. Authentic Spanish Gazpacho
All these fun and flavorful gazpacho recipes are creative and inspiring, but let’s take a moment to check out an Authentic Spanish Gazpacho recipe to honor the tradition. Abbey Rodriguez‘s recipe uses classic tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, olive oil, and simple seasonings. Bread is also used in this recipe for thickening purposes. Serve this super soup with crunchy croutons and ground black pepper.
With the warmer weather just around the corner, get your blender out and start experimenting with fresh, cool ingredients that make for a clean and light chilled soup perfect for hot afternoons and dinners on the porch.
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