What is gazpacho?

Gazpacho is a cold soup that originates from Spain, particularly in the southern regions like Andalusia. It is known for its refreshing and vibrant flavors, making it a popular choice, especially during hot summer months. My favorite recipe makes about 6 servings and calls for:

  • 1 large can whole tomatoes with liquid
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 peeled, seeded, and chopped cucumber
  • 1 stalk of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 small green chile finely chopped and seeded (or 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper)
  • ¼ cup mild red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper, finely chopped with seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Optionals: lime wedges, avocado, sour cream, cilantro, and garlic croutons

To make: Puree into a large bowl, cover and refrigerate until chilled. Top with optionals and enjoy.